Pivot Point

True Time Book 1

Fiction - Thriller - General
238 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Pivot Point: True Time, Book 1 is a novel of romantic suspense written by Tess Manchester. U.S. Marshall Blake Parsons and her team have followed the trail of a vicious fugitive to a small town in Tennessee. Blake knows that he’s been there, and that he must have sought medical attention for the wound she had given him in their recent encounter. The residents of Pacific, Tennessee were in no mind to help law enforcement from the big city, however, and it seemed that any efforts Blake and her team made would be hampered, if anything, by their attitude. Then Blake met Dr. Naomi Preston, and suddenly she had an ally. Naomi had been married to the doctor Blake suspected had treated Robert Canton, the fugitive who had slaughtered an entire family. While the hospital had no records of his treatment, Blake knew that records could be altered, and Naomi was able to confirm that Dr. Lancaster hadn’t been honest with the Marshall. Blake was determined to get this man. After her recent disciplinary matter, her future seemed to depend on it just as much as her own personal motives for getting violent criminals off the street did. Nothing -- not even a burst dam and a catastrophic flood -- would stop her.

Tess Manchester’s novel of romantic suspense, Pivot Point: True Time, Book 1, is an intriguing and fascinating blend of the police procedural, romance, thriller and paranormal genres. Blake Parsons’ gift of pivoting back from the present into the immediate past is a most valuable one; one that every soldier and law enforcement officer should have in their arsenal. Seeing how she uses that gift to fine-tune her approach to apprehending Robert Canton is entertaining indeed. Manchester’s plot is fast-paced and exciting, and her characters are well-defined and engaging. The growing relationship between Blake Parsons and Naomi Preston is a joy to behold and adds dimension to this powerful story as the two become a dynamic and committed team. Pivot Point: True Time, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

Grant Leishman

Just imagine, for a second, how useful it would be if we were able to get “mulligans” in real life. What if something went horribly wrong and we were able to pop back in time to have another go at getting it right this time? How useful would that be? This is exactly the premise that forms the basis of Tess Manchester’s debut novel, Pivot Point: True Time Book 1. U.S. Marshall Blake Parsons is noted for two things – her fiery temper and her uncanny ability to capture the bad guy and bring him in. Her temper has got her into more than her share of trouble with her bosses in the past, but with a record like hers, laxity was always going to be the byword. She was driven and successful, but when chasing a fugitive leads her to a small rural community in Tennessee and she meets the lovely Doctor Naomi, her outlook and her priorities change. The attraction is instant, but it must all wait for Blake Parsons to capture the man on the run, someone she chases relentlessly.

For a debut novel, I found Pivot Point: True Time Book 1 to be a more than respectable effort. Tess Manchester’s two main characters are strong, independent women in Blake and Naomi, and the author manages to show they are more than just bluster and anger on Blake’s part and brains and beauty on Naomi’s part. Manchester does well in showing the vulnerability that lurks underneath Blake’s bluster and anger. I did enjoy the idea of going back and getting a “do-over” when things didn’t quite go as planned. The story flowed seamlessly and the action was fast and furious, with little held back in the way of realism. The possibility that this story is just the beginning of a series featuring this premise and/or these characters is intriguing, and I look forward to what Manchester has to offer us next. As a thriller with a time twist, this debut is successful and I am certain the author will grow into her skin as a writer with the more she gives us. This is a successful start to her literary career.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Pivot Point by Tess Manchester is Book 1 in the True Time series. Marshall Blake Parsons is chasing down an escaped convict. He’s been sighted in a small town in Tennessee, but the locals don’t seem to be of any help – either they don’t know anything, or they don’t want to help. Déjà vu strikes Parsons and when she meets Naomi Preston, a local doctor, things seem to be looking up. There is a definite attraction there and Naomi decides to help Parsons by talking to the locals. Disaster strikes when the town floods – can Naomi and Blake find the killer, or will they be his next victims, a consequence of fate?

Pivot Point (True Time Book 1) by Tess Manchester is rather an intriguing book with a number of time resets in it. When I read the first one, I had to backtrack on myself to make sure I wasn’t seeing things but, after a while, you kind of get used to them. They add a unique perspective to the story that, once you get the hang of them, add an interesting angle. The plot was all go, from start to finish, with plenty of action to keep me reading. The character development was in-depth and neat, partly I suspect to lay some groundwork for the next book in the series. The romantic angle was different; it added to the story in an interesting way and, overall, I found Pivot Point an enjoyable book. Recommended for fans of thrillers and fast-paced detective stories.