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208 pages
May 2009
Zondervan

Memory's Gate (Time Thriller Trilogy, Book 3)

by Paul McCusker

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Review:

In Memory’s Gate, the conclusion to Paul McCusker’s Time Thriller Trilogy, Elizabeth Forde is once again immersed in a time-travel controversy in the town of Fawlt Line.

Based upon pure fiction and involving characters of all ages, Memory’s Gate is an interesting book. The description of emotions and dialogue accurately reflect reality, while the imaginative premise is entertaining. There is little within the book that blatantly exhibits a Christian viewpoint, but the characters are well behaved and identify themselves as Christian, and the objectionable actions of the antagonist are portrayed in a negative light.

In this book Elizabeth is drawn, against her will, into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her town’s retirement community. She volunteers at the center for part of her high school summer vacation. While there, she encounters a cast of characters, including a dashing young man who seems determined to win her attention and an elderly man who seems oddly familiar. When one of the men from the center disappears, Elizabeth sets out to find him and uncover the secret behind the mysterious behavior of the retirement center members.

It would be difficult to understand the characters in this book without having read the previous two books, but the plot itself is fully developed within the novel, making the other books unnecessary for enjoyment. Pre-teens and teens especially would enjoy the characters, as they are of a similar age and have related interests. – Alyssa Ruthanna Guebert, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Memory’s Gate is the third book in a trilogy written by Paul McCusker. Although not Christian or spiritual in its theme, there is reference to God’s will that all of us must be subject to, especially when trying to answer perplexing questions about life.

The story centers on a sixteen-year-old teenager, Elizabeth Forde, who volunteers at the Fawlt Line Retirement Center and almost immediately becomes involved in the mysterious disappearances and deaths of some of the residents. She meets Doug Hall, the handsome maintenance man, Adam Hounslow, the uncooperative father of the town’s sheriff (Richard Hounslow) and George Betterman, a gray-bearded man in a wheelchair who says little to anyone.

In a museum built by one Malcolm Dubbs, called the Historical Village, Adam disappears, sending the staff and his son the sheriff into a panic. Thus starts the search and subsequent disappearances of other residents and even some of their belongings. Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Jeff, become civilian sleuths in trying to solve the mystery. In doing so, Elizabeth almost loses her life in a fire but is rescued by a surprising figure, which later puts the entire adventure into a conclusion that satisfies both the characters in the story as well as the reader.

This is a mildly interesting, fast-paced book that borders on fantasy, as the subject of time travel is referred to over and over. Also, there are references to characters and plots from the previous two books, which made it at times confusing (if the other two haven’t been read previously). The style is simple and straight-forward, and character development in minimal, given the book’s brevity. There are very few religious references, making more of a general market, rather than Christian book. For an afternoon of light reading, this book will do the job. – Anita Tiemeyer, ChristianBookPreviews.com

Book Jacket:

The Time Thriller Trilogy delivers gripping, fast-paced mystery that intrigues and captivates through hours, seconds, and centuries. A long history of strange disappearances and unexplainable occurrences leave clues that the town of Fawlt Line may actually sit on a time fault—a portal to alternate times and unexpected time travels—a twist of fate that puts all of Fawlt Line’s citizens in serious danger. Will they find the faith to hold on to the town and time where they belong? Can truth prevail? Elizabeth thought volunteering at the Fawlt Line Retirement Center would be fun, but she quickly has second thoughts. While most of the residents are wonderful, there’s something about the place—and a strangely familiar man in a wheelchair—that gives her the creeps. When people start disappearing from the center, leaving behind cryptic notes, Elizabeth is convinced the time fault is involved. Her own time-travel adventure may be the key to solving the mystery, but can she convince the sheriff she’s telling the truth before more people disappear?