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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In 2079, Carmela Akronfleck is a physicist at Wakeup Technologies, working on a time travel experiment, spurred on by her life-long determination to get back to her own time and see her biological parents. However, an unexpected incident causes her colleague, Justin Westmoreland, to disappear to an unknown time period. Carmela follows suit to save him, at the same time starting her time travel mission unprepared. She travels further back in time than she’d intended; to 1936. While Carmela is struggling to survive living in the '30s without 21st century technologies, her former psychotherapist, Kass, is being accused of a series of murders occurring in 2079. Carmela’s adoptive mother and sister are the next targets. With the killer’s identity already known, Carmela decides to find the killer's ancestors and prevent his existence.
Peer Through Time is an intriguing and entertaining read. David T. Pennington excellently delivers a story with a great blend of realistic concepts, complex characters, and mystery. I appreciate the list of characters that Pennington included in the end of the book, as there are a number of protagonists as the story progresses. I find Kass, the android psychotherapist, stands out the most, as he is emotionally more human than one would think. The concept of time travel always fascinates me and it’s superbly delivered through an engaging story without getting burdened by scientific jargon. There’s just enough scientific fact and details to make a convincing premise. On the whole, Pennington’s Peer Through Time verges on both fantasy and plausible theories, which will delight sci-fi enthusiasts.