A Place In Time
Shortlisted for the Australian 2007 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.
A Place In Time explores the theme of what good people are driven to do in order to survive when pushed beyond human endurance.
Dan Campbell is a troubled man who sinks into depression as each birthday approaches. Thirty years earlier, on his 11th birthday, he’d witnessed his father’s murder and saved his mother from a deranged stranger, but something is wrong with the memory of that terrible day. Something he can’t quite see. Something just out of focus.
When his annual depression threatens his family’s wellbeing, he takes his mother back to his childhood home to confront his memories and find closure. Going back is never easy, but what Dan discovers there will turn his world upside down, for no-one and nothing is as he remembered and as the present meets the past, his very existence is threatened.
About the author
C. A. HOCKING is an Australian Independent Author. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but has lived in various parts of the country in rural and city lifestyles. Her first novel, A PLACE IN TIME, was shortlisted for an Australian literary award in 2007. Two more novels have since been published – DAMAGED GOODS and HOME TO ROOST. These first three novels are dramatic fiction, but a humorous novel, OLD FARTS ON A BUS, will be launched soon, followed by a children’s series, THE AUNT EDNA SERIES. She has a TV series in preproduction and several more novels on the way.
C. A. HOCKING now lives in Canberra (the Australian National Capital) with her husband and laptop.
Love this quirky type of novel – sort of science fiction, but not quite…..could just resemble reality.
Held me right to the end. One of the few books I have read in one sitting, but then its not too long.
I bought this book to read on a plane flight. It was the quickest plane trip I’ve ever had. I hate flying but this book made the flight go extremely quickly. I don’t remember the take off or landing!
Highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an good read. Although be warned it is an addictive, page turning book.
I’ve also read Damaged Goods, the other book by this author, and as was the case with this book, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished.
A Place in Time is a great story about finding truth and closure, and moving on. While time travel is the vehicle, I wouldn’t classify this story as science fiction; it’s more of a character-driven suspense story. At about 150 pages, it was a nice, quick read, and I read it in one evening.
I was pretty sure I knew how it would end, but the characters were interesting, so I wanted to keep reading to find out how it played out and how the characters were going to react to certain things. The major plot points, especially at the end, were just as I thought they’d be, but I never got bored because there were enough surprises and unanswered questions along the way that kept my interest.
The book was edited well, and typos were refreshingly scarce–the few I found I could count on only one hand. The dialogue was well-written also. Even during some of the longer monologues, I never got the sensation that the character should be running out of breath by now.
The only thing that bothered me (but just a little) was that it took the protagonist so long to figure who the stranger was. I understand his hesitancy to believe it, but I think he should have at least had a fleeting suspicion, especially during the lunch scene, but it didn’t seem to cross his mind at all. So for a little while, I was thinking: Is Dan really that slow? Or is it that the author thinks I haven’t figured it out yet and doesn’t want to `give the surprise away’? But it didn’t bother me enough to keep me from enjoying the story.
The story flowed well, kept a nice pace, and had a nice mixture of action, dialogue, inner dialogue, and narration. It was written mostly from the protagonist’s point of view, but did include glimpses into other characters’ thoughts and feelings, as well. Read more ›
Lots of novels have been written about time travel, but this one, in my opinion was outstanding. Well written and sympathetically portrayed characters make this story believeable. I am glad they set it partially in Australia as I am an Aussie. The setting after the big drought with everything falling into disrepair is authentic. It was also entertaining(I read it overnight, it’s not a long book) in spite of the subject matter – the murder of the father – and this character is totally believable. Domestic abuse in Australia is as prevalent as anywhere.
A great read, and I am going to buy this author’s next book as well.