In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.
Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. Since 2017, Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Before that she worked as a copywriter, a dollhouse maker, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls. This is her first novel.
Praise for The Psychology of Time Travel:
“Intricately plotted . . . The story unfolds in a captivating way, and fascinating suggestions are made about the effects of time travel.”
“With plenty of twists and turns, The Psychology of Time Travel is a provocative thought experiment.”
“A dazzling genre-defying debut . . . witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas’s future promises to be an exciting one.”
“The narrative moves back and forth through time with its almost all-female cast meeting their future and past selves in an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that is ingeniously plotted.”
—The Daily Mail
“[A] compelling, confident debut…wrapping the psychological exploration around a diverse, real set of characters and a thrilling murder mystery.”
—SFX Magazine, 4 1/2 stars
“A surprising, mysterious, and sometimes unsettling novel, threaded with off-kilter ideas and wonderful insights.”
—Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays
“An elegant braid of a narrative, delivering queer joy and time-traveling women . . . Fans of Jo Walton will feel very much at home in this gorgeous, nested tale.”
—Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
“The Psychology of Time Travel is the most imaginative thriller I’ve read in ages: captivating, delightful, and thoroughly original. Ms. Mascarenhas’ genius is in patiently exploring the small, fascinating details of a world in which time travel is possible . . . an all-around wonderful novel.”
—Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters
“Kate Mascarenhas deftly weaves an innovative tale with The Psychology of Time Travel—part mystery; part time travel. Entirely entertaining!”
—Julie McElwain, author of A Murder In Time