Blog Tour: Space Hopper by Helen Fisher

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I am delighted to be taking part today in the blog tour for the paperback release of Space Hopper by Helen Fisher. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for giving me a place on the tour and to the publisher for offering me a digital copy of the book for the purposes of review, although I already had the hardback waiting patiently on my TBR! I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.

SPACE COVER

What you need to know about Faye:

  • She has a loving husband.

  • She has two beautiful young daughters.

  • She has a job that she enjoys and supportive friends.

  • She is happy.

    So why would she risk it all by jumping head first into the most unexpected storyline you’ll read this year?

    Sometimes you’ll travel anywhere for answers.

Wow, where to start with a review of this book. This is such a different novel from almost anything else you will pick up, and so complex with the many different themes and ideas it explores, it is going to be really hard to do it justice in a simple review. I am still sorting through all my reactions to the story myself a few days after finishing it.

On a superficial level, this is a simple, time travel story about a woman who finds a portal to her past via an old box which used to contain her childhood Space Hopper toy. (I know, sounds bizarre but, if you suspend your disbelief a little it works as a premise, I promise.) The box whisks her back to the 1970s, when she was about six-years-old, and allows her to interact with her younger self and her mother, the mother she lost when she was still quite young. As well as being a fabulous, nostalgic trip down memory lane for me, as I am a child of the Seventies myself, it opens up all kinds of questions about what we would do if we could go back and influence the past. What would you change, what unintended consequences might meddling have on the future and how would your memories of your childhood alter if you could look at it again with adult eyes? Some of these conundrums will be familiar to anyone who has read any other novels or watched movies exploring the phenomenon of time travel, but the author explores some alternative ideas and made me think about different possibilities.

The book is so much more than an exploration of the idea of time travel though. The main theme running through the book is the bond between mothers and daughters, and the exploration of loss and grief, especially of a parent by a child. The need to understand what has happened and fill a gap that has existed inside you all of your life because that bond has been missing and what you would be prepared to risk to fill it. The clash between past and present and coming to terms with what matters most to us. These are very complicated and emotive issues to explore and, whilst the author does a great job of dealing with them, the story leaves a lot of questions for the reader to answer for themselves. This is one of the great pleasures of the book, I love to be challenged and provoked by a storyline, and this book did that in the best way, and it continues to haunt me since I have closed the pages.

There is also a strong theme of faith running through the novel, both religious faith and faith in the things in life that are important to us and ground us, make us who we are. Faith in the people we love, our friends and family, faith that there is something out there that is looking out for us and will make sure that nothing really harms us. What we do and where we turn when that faith is challenged. I appreciate that this might sound like heavy going, but it really isn’t. By wrapping these questions in this fantastical, time travelling story, the author explores them with a humour and lightness of touch that makes the subject eminently approachable.

I found this books by turn sweet, funny, tense, poignant and very emotional. I know it is a book I will return to in order to further explore my feelings about the issues it raises. I loved the voice and the writing of the author, the characterisations and the way the novel was constructed. The book stands out from the herd, I know it is one I will remember, not easily forgotten, and I highly recommend it as something out of the ordinary.

Space Hopper is out now in all formats and you can order your copy here or from all good book shops.

Please do visit some of the other blogs taking part in the tour for alternative reviews of the book:

Space Hopper PB BT Poster

About the Author

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Helen Fisher spent her early life in America, but grew up mainly in Suffolk where she now lives with her two children. She studied Psychology at Westminster University and Ergonomics at UCL and worked as a senior evaluator in research at RNIB. Space Hopper is her first novel.

Connect with Helen:

Website: https://www.helenfisherwrites.com/

Twitter: @HFisherAuthor

Instagram: @helenfisher_author

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