“We are all bound, one to the other, through time and eternity”
While vacationing at the Cornwall home of old chum Magnus, Richard Young is convinced to act as guinea pig for his friend’s latest experiment – a drug that enables the mind to travel into the past – although the body stays in the present. Richard’s “trips” take him to the 14C where he is soon so wrapped up in the past that it becomes as addictive to him as a drug – or is it the drug itself that is addictive? Are the lives of those in the past so much more important that his wife and step-sons become a hindrance to his journeys? Did these people really exist or do they only exist in Richard’s mind? Although Richard’s mind is in the 14C while on the drug, his body is not and as he walks in the footsteps of those in the past it leads him into some very close calls when his mind returns to the present. He could be standing anywhere – the middle of a road, on private property or in the path of an oncoming…….
Nope, I’m not telling and to say much more gives the whole thing away – half the fun is the guessing and unexpected twists in the story. Although the segments in the 14C were well written they were a bit confusing to me at times, but don’t spend too much time trying to sort those relationships out. IMO they were mostly background and the main focus were the parts in the present day. Du Maurier is superb and understated as always, and this one will definitely leave you guessing all the way to the very last page and beyond. 5/5 stars and highly recommended.