Into the Dim

Written by Janet B. Taylor
Review by Tamela McCann

Hope Walton was homeschooled in her small town, and she’s developed some crippling phobias. When her mother dies in an explosion thousands of miles away, she finds herself sent to Scotland to live with an aunt she’s never met while her father vacations with his new girlfriend. Oddly enough, Hope seems to settle into her new life until she discovers that her mother is alive but trapped back in time during the age of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Besides being a brilliant scientist, her mother is also a member of a secret society of time travelers, and now her aunt wants Hope to travel back to help rescue her mother.

This is a fast-paced read, and Hope is a sympathetic character. The friends she encounters along her path to time travel are intriguing and loyal, but there is one boy who seems to be hiding something. The climax will keep you on the edge of your seat, but there is a definite sense of more to come. The one part that I felt was unnecessary was the explanations of the Dim, the device that makes time travel possible; it pulled me out of the story every time. Otherwise, this is an exciting tale, well-plotted and rich in detail. For 14 plus.