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At some points I wanted to slap the characters, and that might be because British Author Lesley Hayes is more refined than me, a woman from New Jersey, USA. I wanted to shake Callie and say "You've been married for 15 years to a man, and you are believing some woman you never met? Throw her out!" At another point, Mira just seems to act like a brat--at 40 years old. Snap out of it! Daniel wants to confess and is too chicken to do it, "Man up!" And although I say this, the point is that I felt THAT strongly about the flawed characters and the story that I was yelling at them lol--- that is a good author. If they weren't flawed, there would be no books at all.
The story is written so that in the beginning each chapter alternates between Mira and Daniel. I've seen Dean Koontz do it, and even the Oscar Winning Movie, Traffic. The only downside is that sometimes I get too wrapped up in one story to care about the other. In this case, I was more interested in Daniel & Callie's marital problems than I was with Mira and her life in the beginning. So I found myself skimming through Mira to anxiously get to the married couple.. only to have to go back to see what I missed. But that is me... I also would have liked one more chapter or epilogue to show what Mira/Callie/Daniel/Reg's future relationship was like. Overall I found it an interesting psychological drama.
At the core of A Field Beyond Time is the conflict between what we believe ourselves to be, and how much of that knowledge we are willing to share – especially with those we love. That, as well as the tension relating to how much of what we are we are willing to admit to ourselves.
Sometimes, of course, our lives teach us who we really are, whether we like it or not. And secrets we believe too awful to share may also escape from the dark places where we have hidden them.
Hayes finds more than enough material to explore these secret places during the space of perhaps a week’s time in the collision between the lives of a husband and wife, and a young American woman recently arrived in London following the death of her mother. the cast is completed by a few additional characters whose existence is necessary but whose inner lives are relevant only in supporting roles that facilitate the exploration of how each main character deals with the revelation and reconciliation of key events from his or her past.
Unlike many self-published authors, Hayes is not first and foremost a story-teller, so those looking for a fast paced book that will keep them on the edge of their seats will be disappointed. Instead, A Field Beyond Time is a book literary fiction that is plot enabled rather than driven. The point isn’t whether someone will be saved before they fall off a physical cliff, but whether their marriage or their self-image can recover before falling into a spiritual abyss.
Despite the short time frame, there are extensive flashbacks into more turbulent times in the past, as well as plenty of motion and flow in the present, including scenes that are sexually intimate or emotionally fraught, all of which keep the story moving confidently with a natural flow.Perhaps most importantly, the examinations of the inner dramas unfolding is low-key and natural rather than clinical: we aren’t outside looking into the minds of the characters: we’re right in there with them.
The result is a smart, elegantly written examination of crisis and redemption that will engage and please those interested in thinking about what they are reading rather than simply consuming it. As every good book should, it left me hungry for more by the same author. I’m looking forward to reading the The Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Lesley Hayes’s second book.