Review – A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

Posted May 30, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – A Rip Through Time by Kelley ArmstrongA Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
Series: A Rip Through Time #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 31, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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"A great read." —Charlaine Harris

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.

Outlander meets The Alienist in Kelley Armstrong's A Rip Through Time, the first book in this utterly compelling series, mixing romance, mystery, and fantasy with thrilling results.

This was a very enjoyable read! I have enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s books in the past and I am a fan of time travel stories so when I heard about this book, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I thought that the time travel aspect of this story was well done and I quickly fell for the characters. I thought that this was a very solid start to a promising series.

During a visit to see her dying grandmother in Edinburgh, Mallory is thrown back in time when an attack goes wrong. She wakes up in an unfamiliar time and place and must figure out how to navigate this new reality in a body that is not her own. She has taken on the appearance and life of a housemaid named Catriona but soon becomes invaluable to her employer, Dr. Gray, who is a pioneer in the field of forensics. Before long, they are working together to solve a string of murders.

I really liked the characters in this book. I love the way the relationships between the characters grew and changed over the course of the story. Mallory had to learn how to fit into a world unlike her own and overcome the attitudes of those around her to do Catriona’s history. I liked the way that Dr. Gray and Mallory eventually teamed up with a local detective to try to find a murderer. Since Mallory worked as a detective in modern times, it could be frustrating for her to see the methods being used in police work in the past.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. I had a fantastic time reading this book and thought that it did a wonderful job of setting up the series. I cannot wait to read about more of Mallory’s adventures in the past.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.

6 responses to “Review – A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

  1. I was wondering about this book, so I’m very glad to read your review of it and hear that you liked it. I am a fan of Kelley Armstrong…at least of her Rockton series…and I’ve got this one on my TBR list. 😀

  2. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this as much as I did. I was glad it wasn’t flashing back and forth through time. The story primarily was in the past and that worked well for me.

  3. verushka

    Oh hello, new Kelley Armstrong book! how cool does this sound??! I love that the blurb makes mention of The Alienist — I adored that show!

  4. This sounds so good and I’ve been wanting to read Kelley Armstrong. I really like that Mallory is a present day detective. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be to be watching a 19th century police investigation knowing all we know now.