August 27, 2016
Linear Shift by Paul B Kohler
Peter Cooper is a widower raising his children, Tori and Brett. Since his wife’s death several months ago, life has been difficult for all of them. Losing his job does not help either. So, when an unexpected visitor comes with a life-changing offer, to settle his financial problems if he would go back to 1942 and change a moment in time, Peter initially falls for the financial assistance he so badly needed, then thinks of the consequences after.
The best part of this book is the character development. The author was able to paint a vivid picture of a man consumed by grief over the loss of his precious wife but struggling to be strong for his children. The disruption and devastating effect of such an ordeal were thoughtfully portrayed in Tori’s difficult behavior and Brett’s silence as the two children pulled away from their father.
However, this book is too short to be enjoyed. For one, without a culmination, nor a denouement, the plot is incomplete as there is no resolution in the end. Though I understand that this is only the first of a four-part series, I could say, the initial excitement and interest built in the first part might be lost unless the reader reads the second part and the rest of the book. This may entice some readers but may disappoint others.
Either way, I enjoyed this part of the book and since I, incidentally, got lucky to get the entire series when they were still free on Amazon, I already decided to read the rest of the series eventually.