He only looked away for a second.
Still haunted by the disappearance of his little sister, Amy, over twenty years ago, Joseph Bridgeman’s life has fallen apart. When a friend talks him into seeing hypnotherapist Alexia Finch to help with his insomnia, Joseph accidentally discovers he can time travel. His first trip only takes him back a few minutes, but his new-found ability gives him something he hasn’t felt for the longest time: hope.
Joseph sets out to travel back to the night Amy went missing and save her. But after several failed attempts, he discovers the farther back he travels, the less time he gets to stay there. And the clock is ticking.
With the help of Alexia, Joseph embarks on a desperate race against the past to save his sister. Can he master his new skill and solve the mystery of Amy’s disappearance before it’s too late?
Previously released as The Unexpected Gift of Joseph Bridgeman, this updated version includes extra chapters, new plotlines, and even deeper character development. It makes way for an expanded vision of the Joseph Bridgeman Series, with the first four books released in 2021 and 2022.
Jones (the Hibernation series) gets his latest series off to a rocky start with this half-baked time travel story. In 1997, 14-year-old Joseph Bridgeman attends a funfair in Cheltenham with his sister, seven-year-old Amy, and the outing turns tragic when Amy vanishes while Joe is momentarily distracted. Twenty-two years later, Amy's disappearance still haunts Joe, who holds himself responsible for failing to safeguard his sibling. Plagued by insomnia, and with his finances and living situation in peril, Joe seeks out hypnotherapist Alexia Finch for help. He gets more than he bargains for, however, when her treatment somehow allows him to travel back in time. After using this newfound power to win a lottery and stabilize his life, Joe realizes that he can also use it to return to that fateful day in 1997 and keep Amy from harm. Jones's characters accept time travel with unusually little hesitation, straining credulity, and the ultimate twist will be unsurprising to many. This is an easy one to skip.
Excellent, l really nice change from the norm.
And then she vanished
Thank you to Nick Jones and Blackstone Publishing for the ability to read this novel in exchange for my honest review.
A book that both excites and delights, carries nostalgia, (for an old Beatles fan like me anyway) grips and endlessly fascinates. The main protagonist Joseph Bridgeman is in many words (dare I say) an ordinary Joe... until the age of 14 when powerful, unforeseen and tragic events conspire to change completely and forever. Without revealing the plot what transpires thereafter is a rollercoaster malestrom of a life that undergoes that undergoes a bewildering series of twists and turns that culminates in a climax that satisfies this reader whilst tugging at the heartstrings. I sincerely hope that there will be a follow up to this story. There are entwined plot lines that would easily and happily blossom into a second book or even a series... I for one would welcome them.
For all the tumultuous events that occur in the pages of this book, still it carries an undeniable warmth, honesty and homely charm. A wonderful blend of the ordinary and the absolutely extraordinary, artfully and skilfully woven together. The combination of all these elements make for an enormously enjoyable read. For me the only disappointment is that it had to end.
And then she vanished
While I was thrilled to be given an advanced copy of And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones and Blackstone Publishing, I wasn’t sure how excited I was about reading a book on time travel! Well! From the very first page I was totally sucked into the amazing world of Joseph Bridgeman! I was in his world from beginning to end, feeling what he was feeling, seeing what he was seeing, hoping against hope for the impossible. And Nick Jones absolutely delivers!! I’m now a total time travel believer. This book made me so want to believe it’s all possible! That anything is possible! I wanted to cry when I reached the end because I hated having to leave that world. I can’t wait for the next book!! Guess I might have to reread this one ... again!