My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I saw a brief blurb of this novel and was curious enough to put it in my To Read section.
I was absolutely not disappointed and I thank Mike E. Miller for his kindness in giving me an e-book!
There are so many things I admire about this book. Though it is in first person, Miller has done a great job of using that limited viewpoint to share a suspenseful story from a unique perspective: that of an adult man stuck in his earlier, little-boy body.
I’ve read other stories that tried this kind of thing, but Miller succeeds brilliantly in keeping the adult presence there while trying to make his character behave in expected manners when needed.
The opening is a surprise and makes the reader want to know how on EARTH the protagonist found himself in this circumstance. The way Andy, the hero, unfolds is nicely balanced. How does he reconcile the chance to right wrongs – horrible wrongs – of his childhood with the notion of never seeing his beloved wife again? How can he? This internal conflict and the hopes and concerns Andy carries with him are, for me, the strongest part of this book.
But the tension involving the mystery of his apparent time travel is pretty good too. And the twists FLOORED me.
I don’t want to spoil anything (I don’t think I have, yet) so I will just say this: Miller has written a good story with a unique “mystery society” feel, and a conflicted hero who absolutely works for me.
Really, my rating here is 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. I could have – and do – wish the book had ended differently. The ending makes UTTER SENSE and WORKS in many ways. It does. I just…wish it had been different. *smile*
Check out The Timekeeper’s Son.