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A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Kate Hanford
Series: A Rip Through Time #1
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on May 31, 2022
Length: 13 hours, 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.
May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Mitchell had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.
When Mallory wakes up in Catriona's body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it's too late.
I have always enjoyed this author and was excited to start a new series. I was a little hesitant because time travel is not my favorite thing. A Rip Through Time is where a modern day police detective ends up 150 years earlier. So the story is primarily set historically.
Mallory thinks she dies but wakes up as Catriona. She struggles to figure out who she is now and what is appropriate for this time period. Obviously, women are not police detectives or doing many other things in this time. There is also the lack of devices we use regularly today.
I found the beginning a little slow, and frankly, felt irritated at the treatment of women. As the story continued into the mystery and scientific aspects I was engaged and could barely put it down. Mallory is fortunate to end up in a household with more leniency for diversity and a strong interest in science. The mystery is fascinating and takes a while to get sorted.
I finished with many remaining questions though this was not a cliffhanger. My questions are more ones as to how things will go on in the series, and what inventions were discovered when. I would have liked to get McCreadie’s reaction to everything though. I am now very excited for more.
I think this was my first listening to this narrator. The voices felt comfortably male and female with some regional accents. I’ve no idea if the accents are accurate but they sounded fine to me. I was able to enjoy the performance easily at 1.75x speed.
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