The Day Tripper

Mira: Harlequin. Mar. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780778369646. $28.99. SF
On September 6, 1995, Alex Dean is having a perfect day with his girlfriend Holly. He’s 20 years old, a musician; he has a place at Cambridge, he’s in love and full of spontaneity. Then a chance encounter leads to a violent altercation, and Alex nearly dies. The next day he wakes up, and it’s 2010. He’s older, he’s in a strange flat, he has an alcohol addiction, and Holly is nowhere to be found. Just as Alex begins to piece things together, he falls asleep again, only to wake up nine years later to an even grimmer future in 2019. Alex is now living a nonlinear life. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as he visits different days at random. What happened with Holly? How did Alex’s bright future disappear? As Alex learns more about himself while journeying through the days, he discovers he might be able to build a brighter future.
VERDICT Goodhand’s (Man Down) adult debut is a compelling look at the way decisions, good and bad, build up over time to create a life. Recommended for fans of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and readers who enjoy time-travel narratives.
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