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The Psychology of Time Travel

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  11,419 ratings  ·  1,831 reviews
1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril.

2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been par
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 9th 2018 by Head of Zeus
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David Hambling There are a number of lesbian characters, and few men. There are also references to time-travellers having sex with themselves, which is surely about …moreThere are a number of lesbian characters, and few men. There are also references to time-travellers having sex with themselves, which is surely about as Q as it gets.(less)
James Shields It certainly reads that way. It has an ending, and seems self contained. Who knows whether the author will turn it into a series, but even if she does…moreIt certainly reads that way. It has an ending, and seems self contained. Who knows whether the author will turn it into a series, but even if she does, this book should stand alone.(less)

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Sean Barrs
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-reads, sci-fi
Time travel is a fantastic concept and it’s almost limitless in its possibilities. An author could take their book anywhere and to anyone: it could be so many things. I’d love to see more of them out there in the market.

The Psychology of Time Travel explores many ideas and it plays with reality through the process. Mascarenhas has chosen to focus on the cognitive effects of such an epic exploration. What happens to our minds when they are stretched too far? Does our sanity start to crumble as i
Christina - Recipe & a Read
3.5, an epic tale of Traveling Sisters stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!

This was an incredibly unique and interesting story about four women who pioneered the invention of time travel in 1967 and the repercussions of that choice and ability. This book was 100% #LADYPOWER and I absolutely loved that. I think centering the story around women, gave Mascarenhas the ability to add a deep empathy to the affects of time travel and how it touched those who took part in it, and
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
When four female scientists create the world's first-time machine in 1967, they had no idea how they would alter the world (or themselves). These women were known as pioneers, each with her own specialty to assist each other in the development of the time machine. Fifty years later, time travel has taken off. Ruby Rebello's grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the original pioneers. Ruby has always been curious about her grandmother's past and her contribution to time travel, so when her grandmot ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read

I will not drag this out, The Psychology of Time Travel did not work for me.

I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher to read and review, which I truly appreciate. I accepted the title because it sounded like something that would be right up my alley.

I went in, rightly or wrongly, with the following beliefs: the story was Science Fiction, that it followed a group of female scientists who discovered how to successfully travel through time, that a murder happens and they use said time travel abili
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Time travel books are generally hit or miss with me. Some of my favourite and LEAST favourite books (cough.. Outlander... Cough) are time travel related. I really enjoy the concept and find it really clever how some authors navigate it. I really enjoyed this one. It was different to anything I have read before, and confused me at times... But at the same time I enjoyed it immensely.

in the 1960's, four women invent a time-travel machine. The world is their oyster! But one of them suffers a mental
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel is a complex subject. From my childhood days of reading 'The Time Machine' by H. G. Wells and watching the movie 'Back to the Future' to my adulthood escapes into devouring several new books about the topic, it's been prevalent all my life. Often the theme focuses on 'what would you change about the past' and 'what happens if you alter reality.' While those ideas are covered in Mascarenhas' novel, the Psychology of Time Travel also focuses on exactly what the title implies -- the psy ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this science fiction-mystery, people move back and forth in time as easily as taking a bus. Thus time travelers can go back and hang out with their past selves or leap ahead and spend time with their future selves.

Time machine

Wedding festivities can be celebrated by a slew of 'silvers' (future incarnations of oneself) and funerals can be attended by a batch of 'greens' (past incarnations of oneself).

From green self to silver self

Travelers can hop into the future to see how a job interview or
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was actually intending to let this one pass me by - the title did not grab me and I have so many other books waiting. However a combination of the reviews and the fact that it was available on Netgalley made me decide to read it and I am so glad I did.

It is a story about four women who invented a time machine and what happened to them and their invention once it became public property. More importantly the book focuses on the people involved and how they were impacted by this remarkable achiev
When you’re a time traveller, the people you love die, and you carry on seeing them… The only death that will ever change things is your own.

This is a really original, female-focused slant on time travel, with a strong emphasis on mental health, plus a locked-room murder mystery. It zips along in short chapters, each titled by the year and name(s) of the main character(s), all in plain language.

It’s good fun, with some interesting ideas, but I found the heavy-handed exposition and handling of
Ivana - Diary of Difference
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I love the idea of time travelling and I love the idea of time travelling books. That is the main reason why I chose to read this ARC copy. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and the cover was gorgeous. I don’t have much experience reading time travelling books. I still believe the synopsis is intriguing and the cover is gorgeous, but I am not satisfied with the feelings this book left me, after I read the last chapter.

The story begins when f
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
We are wrapping up 2018 soon and beginning a new year full of new books! In the spirit of thinking about time, I want to give a little teaser of a book I read (and loved!) in 2018 but that publishes in February of 2019--The Psychology of Time Travel by the incredible Kate Mascarenhas. This book completely captivated me, and I'm actually on a second reading of it because I loved it SO much! On my second reading, I'm picking up on so many wonderful clues and moments that weave together and delight ...more
Richard Derus


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: Okay. This is hard. I can't explain why I didn't give this fascinating, layered, reality-twisting novel of ideas less than five full stars without spoilering the hell out of the ending.

Let me approach this from the side. I remember a few details from the past, when there was one digit in my age. I don't claim, at this late date, that they are factual and accurate; way too much time has
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Traveling Sisters stepped out of their comfort zones a little bit here when we were invited to read and review The Psychology of Time Travel as it isn’t a genre that some of us normally would read. However, all of us who participated in this group read really loved the opportunity to try something different than we normally would pick up to read. That is part of what makes our group reads so interesting and exciting and we are grateful for when these types of group reads come available to us ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Unexpectedly emotional! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

This is a challenging review to write because The Psychology of Time Travel is a difficult book to describe! It’s so many things, wonderful things, and I’m going to do my best to capture it all.

Four female scientists build the first time machine in 1967. When the machine is about to make its world-wide debut, one of the scientists is removed from the team because of significant emotional difficulties…This was done to protect the debut…

Over fifty years later,
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
There have been a lot of time travel books. Like. A LOT. But few deal quite this directly with the secondary effects of a lot of movement through time. This one does.

The title is entirely accurate but it is NOT a DSM listing. Rather, it's part a worldbuilding exercise where madness, murder, and mayhem is realistically unfolded in the reality of knowing Time. This is not a universe where paradoxes happen. This is unmovable Time. The institute can set up trade agreements between time periods and a
Aptly named, The Psychology of Time Travel combines mystery, fantasy, and yes, a ton of psychology in a complicated and multifaceted story that flows in and out of time. In the 1960's, four scientific pioneers all bring their expertise to the table to create time travel. It's a true team effort. But what happens when you create something Earth shattering? You change the world. And when you have the power to change the world, you better check yourself. With a large, primarily all-female cast, the ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas is a science fiction fantasy that is a bit like the story of Hidden Figures. In this book instead of the ladies that worked on the space program we have a fantasy read with four ladies that worked to create time travel.

The story begins in 1967 with the four ladies working to invent time travel, each with their own specialty. After successful animal trials things move forward for them to begin working with human travel. Unfortunately, one of the w
Jenna ❤ ❀  ❤
Love the title. Love the cover. Love the blurb. The book? Guess I ran all out of love. C'mon, now, really?? 4 scientists brilliant enough to create the world's first time machine and they jump around squealing, "thank god!", weeping over their success, and speaking with the vocabulary of a gang of vacuous Kardashians? PASS!

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Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
'The Psychology of Time Travel' is Kate Mascarenhas' exciting debut and mixes a variety of genres in a special way. Part mystery, part thriller, part science fiction, this novel has a little something for everyone within it. It also boldly explores difficult but important themes and is an absolute pleasure to read.

The story begins with the introduction of four incredible female scientists - Barbara, Margaret, Estelle and Grace. who are on the verge of inventing a time-travel machine. Unfortunate
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Russian roulette, secrets, time travel! Multi-dimensional with layers upon layers...

This book is very different from any of the other time travel books I have ever read before. Where most other books focus on the journey, destination, places or the life forms encountered, this book has a central focus on the women that invented time travel in 1967, their families and lives that surround the successes and the repercussions from instituted time travel.

As one woman receives a paper note that predi
donna backshall
Gosh, I did so want to love this book, but I knew that by maybe 30% in, if I had not engaged yet, it wasn't going to click for me. But so many other readers loved it, so it's definitely me, not the novel. I guess I've indulged in too many hard sci-fi time travel novels that this one, which reads more like a cozy mystery, diverged too far from my paradigm to work?

The world building was unique, the pioneering women of time travel were sympathetic, and the idea of time travel as a culture was inter
A glorious, beautifully crafted novel that treats the theme of time travel in such an original way - no concerns here about meeting your future self or selves. Clever and quite complex but also full of heart. There's a lot to say about this wonderful, memorable novel and the women in it - review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights once I've had time to sit and think on it. A contender for my book of the year. ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
I was sold on The Psychology of Time Travel, just based on the intriguing title choice and front cover. The front cover is quite deceiving, it features a stitched set of motifs, almost cosy in nature. This is quite a facade, as beneath this novel lies a complex exploration of time travel. The Psychology of Time Travel is aptly titled, this debut novel offers up one of the most in-depth and alternative investigations of time travel I have encountered. The Psy
At one point in the novel, one of the characters observes that a characteristic of more experienced time travellers is that they generally have ‘a weird hippocampus’.  Having now read the book, I feel I can definitely identify with this – and goodness knows what the author’s hippocampus looks like!  As it happens, during the time I was reading the book I had to undergo an MRI brain scan.  In my imagination, the radiographer is now looking at the scan and thinking, WTF…

There are so many intersect
The Psychology of Time Travel presents an alternate version of recent history that is captivating from the first page. In 1967, time travel is invented by a team of four female scientists – Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara, or, as they're often known, 'the pioneers'. However, the process has a destabilising effect on Barbara: she has a bizarre public outburst when the group present their research to the media, and is thereafter admitted to a psychiatric ward. Excommunicated by the pioneers ( ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
It isn't often that I am driven to give a book 1 star but I am afraid this one pushed me to the limit. This is a book about time travel - of that there is no doubt. What else it is about rather passed me by!

In 1967 four pioneering women discover time travel. By 2017 there is a culture of time travellers who seem to flit backwards and forwards in time. Time travel is strictly regulated with its own regulations and rules. We dip in and out of the lives of the original pioneers - Grace, Margaret, G
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m delighted that my first review in the new year goes to such an enjoyable book.

„The psychology of time travel“ is exactly what the title hints at. If you want to think about the technicalities of time travelling or the causalities of jumping around in past and future then it would be better if you pick up one of the zillion books that concern themselves with those aspects. For this novel time travel works and the past can’t be altered – stat. This has to be taken as a given without explanatio
Kylie H
Dec 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a book I have had on my Kindle app for a long time. Not sure why I picked it up, but happy that I finally read it.
This is quite a unique take on time travel, and really delves into all of the logistics and potential problems associated with this, including legal advice for time travellers, prevalent psychological an emotional responses as well as infections unique to the radiation associated with it.
One complaint I do have about the book is the volume of characters and the multiple timel
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
DNF @ 60%
The separate ingredients of this book were great: the diversity, the mystery, the premise of time travel and even the world building. But I failed to fall in love with the book. It's hard to say why - for me, it's the characters that make a book. And characters are not the strength of The Psychology of Time Travel. It centers on the story and only the story, it has a lot of characters and you don't get to know any of them well enough. The thing that bothered me the most was that the ini
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Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.

Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage (white Irish father, brown British mother) and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.

She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby. Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.

Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Previously she has been an advertising copywri

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