a novel by
Boyds Mills Press
"A smart adventure that never slows down. . . If you’ve ever fantasied about stepping outside of time, let debut novelist Carolyn O’Doherty show you just how mind-blowing – and dangerous – that might be."
James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards
What if you had the power to control time? With a twist of your mind, you could stop the entire world and then rewind it. You couldn't change anything - only see what happened. The police would love you. In fact, you'd work with an agent and solve crimes.
But what if most people found your gifts disturbing? And what if the very thing that made you special also made you sick? Terminally sick. Time sick.
Meet Alexandra Manning, a 16-year-old spinner living in the Northwest Branch of the Crime Investigation Center. She's never questioned her future or her fate. She's focused on working with her agent, Carson Ross, to track down an elusive master thief. Or at least she's focused until she suffers her first bout of sickness and Ross offers her a secret cure. She has a chance to live, a chance to spend more time with her best friend, KJ. The problem is the secrets keep getting bigger and Alex is no longer sure who she can trust.
Time is running out and even Alex can't stop it forever.