Walk the Plank On the Horizon – a rip through time (Kelley Armstrong) – Unpopular Opinion Time!

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this historical fantasy through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . .

Title: a rip through time
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: TOMORROW!!! (hardcover/e-book)
ISBN: 978-1250820006
Source:  NetGalley

A Rip Through Time (A Rip Through Time, #1)

I love Kelley Armstrong.  This be me 18th book by the author.  I really wish I could say that I loved this one but alas it must walk the plank!  No one is more surprised then me that I found this book to be so difficult to read, enjoy, and finish.

The book follows Mallory, a cop, who is transported from 2019 to 1869 and lands in another person’s body.  That person happens to be Catriona, a housemaid for a funeral director whose side hobby happens to be the study of forensics.  In a series of truly silly circumstances, Catriona (Mallory), ends up helping her employer try to solve the mystery of a serial killer.

Now often in Kelley Armstrong books, ye have to suspend disbelief and realize there are some over-the-top plot points.  This book just had too much.  Mallory is said to be intelligent but is constantly using modern language and reacting without thought.  The time travel element makes no sense and the ending of the book only confuses things further.  Too much time is spent in Mallory’s wishy-washy noggin.  The characters in 1869 accept she is from the future so easily I actually laughed out-loud.  And not in a good way.  The pacing was uneven and sort of boring at times.  Mallory helping with the police investigations was just plain ridiculous for the time period.  Seriously I had trouble with the whole plot.

Good things? Umm I liked the character of Isla and wished I could have been reading a historical fiction about her helping her brother with his cases instead.  In a time period appropriate-ish way of course.

I wish I could say I wanted to read more of this series but I cannot.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.

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.

To visit the author’s website and blog go to:
Kelley Armstrong – Author

To buy the novel visit:
a rip in time – Book 1

To add to Goodreads go to:
Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

Age of Legend Series – YA Fantasy
sea of shadows – book 1
empires of the night – book 2
forest of ruin – book 3

YA Standalones
the masked truth (Thriller)
missing (Thriller eArc)

Rockton – Thriller
city of the lost – book 1
a darkness absolute – book 2 (Arc)
this fallen prey – book 3 (eArc)
watcher in the woods – book 4
alone in the wild – book 5 (eArc)
a stranger in town – Book 6 (eArc)
the deepest of secrets – book 7 (eArc)

A Stich in Time – Fantasy
a stitch in time – Book 1
a twist of fate – Book 2 (eArc)

Cursed Luck – Fantasy
cursed luck – book 1
high jinx – book 2

Misc – Fantasy
rough justice – book 5.5 (eArc)

3 thoughts on “Walk the Plank On the Horizon – a rip through time (Kelley Armstrong) – Unpopular Opinion Time!

  1. I generally love Armstrong’s work, too, but I’ve also realized that her contemporaries often don’t work for me. (And from what I’ve read about this one, it feels like a contemporary novel even though the time travel aspect means some of it counts as a historical, too.) I already wasn’t planning on reading this one, but your review confirmed that.


  2. I fell down a little rabbit hole to see when people started thinking a lot about time travel, and it seems like it happened in the 9th century BCE and then again in 1895 with H.G. Wells’s book. So, Armstrong misses peak interest, it seems, which makes it very weird that everyone accepted the character’s claim of coming from the future. It would have made more sense to set it after Wells’s novel was super popular.


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