I have received a free e-copy of the book Going Back Cold by Kelley Rose Waller to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.
Here is the book blurb.
After the unexpected stillbirth loss of her daughter, physicist Dr. Jane Whyse feels as empty and lifeless as the landscape that surrounds her on the remote Antarctic base where she and her husband work. As the geniuses of PROJECT SPLIT HORIZON pursue faster-than-light travel, Jane begins to secretly wonder if there is an opportunity to use the piezoelectronic technology she’s created to time travel. What if she could somehow undo the loss of her daughter? Jane’s honest, ugly struggles to understand God’s sovereign plan for all of time and space in the midst of raw pain leave her questioning everything. The more success she finds in her scientific career—and the closer she may be to a chance to fix the worst day of her life, the more conflict she finds in her marriage and in her own heart. Can she seek healing from this devastating loss while she tries to play god? Jane must choose between faith in a God whose mercies are new every morning, or coldly turning away with the challenge, “If God doesn’t like this, He’d better stop me.”
I’ve previously read and enjoyed The Senator’s Youngest Daughter, a political thriller by this author, so when Kelley asked me if I would like to review her latest novel, I immediately said yes without even having seen the blurb. Turned out this was an entirely different genre.
The story is set at the Semotus Base in Antartica and starts in December 2022. The small team return for a 4 month season over the course of the next 4 years. They are working on a project to achieve Faster than light travel. I do dislike abbreviations in books and not having seen the blurb before reading, it did take me a while to work out that FTL stood for Faster than light.
The main character is Dr Jane Whyse, a physicist. Her husband Lucas, a chemist and crystallographer is also on the team and they are accompanied by their 3 year old son Sebastian. During the first season, Jane discovers she is pregnant but sadly her daughter Emily is stillborn at 7 months, before they return the next winter. Jane and Lucas are active Christians and this does give them cause to question their faith in God.
Jane secretly uses her son’s laptop, the only unrecorded electronic device on the base to try to develop time travel. She wants to bring her daughter back. Is time travel viable? Is she putting the multi-million project at risk? What is the impact on her marriage and on the other characters at the base?
I have to say that I did struggle with this book, but mainly because both Christianity and Science-Fiction are turn-offs for me personally. However I have huge respect for the author being able to write on such a wide range of subject matter.
Going Back Cold published today is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.48 in Kindle format. If you enjoy sci-fi or Christian fiction, then this is a book for you.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.