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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Out of Time is a work of fiction in the thriller and psychological sub-genres, and was penned by author Ben Armstrong. Written for adult audiences due to the presence of some graphic content and the use of explicit language, this engaging novel follows protagonist Daniel Williams through his psychological struggles. Haunted by the same recurring dream, set in 1965, since he was ten years old, Daniel lives his contemporary life in a state of uncertainty, never knowing what is real. What results is an intense adventure that weaves speculative elements into realistic settings to make us, like Daniel, question what is truly real as we read on.
Author Ben Armstrong has crafted a superbly intelligent work, one that blends fantasy and time travel elements into a realistic psychological thriller format exceedingly well. One of the things which impressed me most was the author’s commitment to the full exploration of Daniel’s psyche, which makes for a plot that varies between interesting bursts of magical realism and tight psychological reactions which are highly emotive. The narrative work is strong, making us feel that Armstrong is an author we can trust no matter where the plot twists, and it leaves plenty of room for the reader to question the mystery and make their own predictions at the end of every chapter. This makes for an engaging read from cover to cover and, as such, I would highly recommend Out of Time for readers of realistic speculative fiction and fans of deep psychological thrillers alike.