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{Review} You Don’t Belong Here by Tim Major

by Tim Major
Published by Snowbooks LTD on 9.1.16
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
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Daniel Faint is on the run with a stolen time machine. As the house-sitter of a remote Cumbrian mansion, he hopes to hide and experiment with the machine. But is the Manor being watched by locals, his twin brother or even himself? Daniel is terrified about what the future may hold but, as he discovers, there can be no going back

You Don’t Belong Here is a story that is very difficult to categorize. It’s a time travel/mystery/psychological mind game. How’s that?

The premise is a good one: a man, Daniel Faint, steals a time machine. He doesn’t know anything about it, (like how to operate the thing, for instance), and to learn, he needs to find a safe place to set it up and experiment. The solution presents itself when he obtains a job as a house sitter at a large manor. Daniel is a strange man, with no friends, and a mysterious brother named William, that he thinks about often.

The story progresses with time machine experiments, though not exactly scientfic in nature, and Daniel does figure out a few things. My problems with the story began here; I thought the pacing was too slow. When things did happen, the descriptions became rather vague, and my understanding of the events became a little hazy. Turns out there were reasons for this, but for me, it was too long of a wait for the reveal. Another thing that bothered me was that I didn’t like any of the characters in the story. I know that I can enjoy a book with no likable characters whatsover, but the tale has to be outstanding for me to do so, and unfortunately that was not the case here.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I thought it was well written and had an excellent premise. It was just the reasons I listed above that caused me to give this rating. I do recommend it to those that find the premise intriguing, because your mileage may vary.

*Horror After Dark received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*

About Tim Major

Tim’s first novel, YOU DON’T BELONG HERE (a time-travel thriller) will be published by Snowbooks in September 2016. His SF novella, BLIGHTERS, was published by Abaddon in July 2016 and his previous novella, CARUS & MITCH, was published by Omnium Gatherum in 2015 and was shortlisted for a This Is Horror Award. His short stories have featured in Interzone, Horizons (the journal of the British Fantasy Society) and numerous anthologies. He is the Editor of the SF magazine, The Singularity, and blogs at www.cosycatastrophes.wordpress.com

 

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