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TimeBlink: A Novel


Loved it! 😍

Taut and tense, MJ Mumford has written a time-travelling romantic mystery thriller, a new genre on me but one I rather enjoyed!

I think that sometimes it is harder to write a review for a book that is good than it is for one that you didn’t like because if all of the elements are well-written for the most part, there’s not a lot to say. And Timeblink falls into this category: it was a really enjoyable read, tense and suspenseful with a plot that kept you guessing and a story that absorbed your attention.

I liked the characters and the premise of time travel and the way that MJ Mumford intertwined narratives so that different perspectives and different voices were presented to the reader rather than just Syd, the main narrator. This was used as a device throughout to develop the plot but was timely and controlled in the book, not a clunky narrative tool to further the action and suspense.

From the opening where Syd’s twin sister Isla goes missing to the discovery that Syd is able to time travel and how having this skill could benefit her, Mumford writes with conviction so that Syd’s narration is sound and, as a result, what could have become a contrived and odd idea on which to base a book is, in fact, very well executed.

The events of the book unfolded at just the right pace for me so that I was keen to find out where the story was headed and rattled through it at a fair old rate. There are twists and nice touches all the way through including incidents that this jaded and cynical reader hadn’t seen coming which only added to my enjoyment of the book. In my experience, If you can see what’s coming in a book, it might make you as a reader feel a bit clever at the time but it takes something away from the pleasure of reading that book – there were no instances of that here.

So, all that’s left to say is that if you had told me that I would really enjoy a time travelling, romantic, missing person’s mystery, I would probably have knitted my brows and looked sceptically at you, thinking that you obviously know nothing about the kind of fiction I like but it’s true – MJ Mumford has made it a surprisingly good mix.

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I love to read and write reviews for everything I read. I also write, my short stories having received runner-up plaudits on Reedsy Prompts and Vocal. I have my own blog at where I publish most of my writings as well as a podcast called Scuffed Granny Writes on Spotify.


About the author

I've been storytelling my whole life, but TimeBlink is my first published novel. When I'm not crafting devious ways in which to torment my characters, I can be found tap dancing, enjoying a ballsy Syrah, and giggling till my face hurts—sometimes all at once. view profile

Published on November 11, 2020

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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