by C. A. HOCKING
A murder in the past. A witness in the present. A journey through time to find the truth.
Dan Campbell is a troubled man. Thirty years earlier, on his 11th birthday, he’d witnessed his father’s murder, but something is wrong with the memory of that terrible day. Something he can’t quite see, something just out of focus.
When he goes back to his childhood home to confront his memories and find answers to the mystery of his father’s death, he is swept back in time to the day of the murder and what he discovers there will turn his world upside down, for no one and nothing is as he remembers.
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Lots of novels have been written about time travel, but this one, in my opinion was outstanding. Well written and sympathetically portrayed characters make this story believeable. I am glad they set it partially in Australia as I am an Aussie. The setting after the big drought with everything falling into disrepair is authentic. It was also entertaining(I read it overnight, it’s not a long book) in spite of the subject matter – the murder of the father – and this character is totally believable. Domestic abuse in Australia is as prevalent as anywhere.
A great read, and I am going to buy this author’s next book as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you like your crimes to take place fully in the real …
14 February 2016 – Published on Amazon.com Verified Purchase
Written by an Australian writer, this little crime novel surprised me to be much more than I had expected. A 40-year-old man suffers depression every year on his birthday since he witnessed his father’s murder by a stranger when he was 11 years old. Now living in England, after much therapy and having the financial means he and his mum go back to Australia, to the scene to either jog his memory or at least put the past to rest. A well-written and engrossing read. Not what I had expected as it ventures off into a realm of magical realism which must be worked out as the story progresses. If you like your crimes to take place fully in the real world, this won’t be for you. Otherwise, it is an intriguing look at when powerful emtions collide in space and time. Whether the story involves time travel or something more mystical it is a lovely story of a family, mother and son, rescued from a life of abuse. Lovely writing. I’d certainly try the author again.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting and unique story
29 May 2016 – Published on Amazon.com Verified Purchase
I just finished reading “A Place in Time”. I got this as a free book from Amazon for Kindle and had no idea what it was about and finally got around to reading it. I was surprised at the story unfolded and was instantly drawn in. This book has lots of unexpected twists and turns, well written and loved the characters as well. It’s not your average mystery. If you like mysteries with a touch of paranormal to them then this is a book to read. I will definitely be buying the author’s next book.
June 23, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If there was one moment in your life that you, as the person you are now, could go back and influence (specifically to ensure that you could still end up as the person you are now), what would that moment be? And what if in that moment you discovered/remembered the very secret you’d buried and forgotten? I completely enjoyed reading this story. I kept wanting to go further; to discover more about that fateful moment in the main character’s life. This story does not disappoint with its creativity, originality and imagination.
May 7, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Depressed man returns to his roots some 30 year years past to relive the savage death of his father and what role a stranger played in the event. Not your ordinary “change the past to right a wrong” scenario so typical of time travel stories, but rather an attempt to refine one’s recollections of how an event unfolded. Some deep characterizations and an intriguing plot made for a very good read!
September 9, 2012 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Every year on his birthday Dan Campbell’s secret creates a chasm between himself and his wife, Trish, and the domestic bliss he has created for himself in England. All Trish knows is that on his eleventh birthday, Dan witnessed the murder or his father and the killer was never caught. She senses Dan knows a lot more about what happened that day but neither Dan nor his mother Connie, who was also witness to the shooting, will talk about it. Frustrated at being stonewalled and treated like an outsider for the past eighteen years, the feisty Trish demands that Dan confront his demons. She sends him and his mother packing to return to the scene of the murder: the family farm in Australia.
And so the mystery begins, for Dan and his mother and for the reader. Back in Australia, Dan recalls, scene by scene, the day of his eleventh birthday and the events leading up to the killing of his father. The story creates a web of intrigue that lures Dan toward the truth and keeps the reader turning pages.
When the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place to reveal the depth of Dan’s secret, the reader is seized by astonished fascination. It’s as if we have opened the door to a room anticipating a surprise to be waiting there for us and having some expectation about what the surprise might be but then we are confronted by something so far from what we were anticipating that we stand at the open door, mouth gaping, frozen to the spot.
I love a good mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It is well written and original. The author deserves the honour of being shortlisted for the Australian 2007 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards and the 5 stars I am giving ‘A Place in Time’.
September 19, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It keep pulling you along. As a time travel plot I kept looking for the mechanism but found it was not really missing. Nice clean story. Finished it in a day.
I first read this in 2014 and just again in September 2018. Worthy of a repeat.