I am beyond delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘The Light Between Us’ by Katie Khan. Big thank you to Anne Cater and #RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:
Thea and Isaac first met at University. Theirs was an instant connection but it never went further than friendship.
Because, then and now, Thea only has eyes for her work. Not just her course, but also a private project – Thea is determined to prove that time travel is not just the stuff of science fiction. And she has never told anyone the reason why.
When one of their friends goes missing in an experiment, Isaac and Thea must work together to find her – forcing them to re-examine their own friendship.
Is it really as platonic as they used to think?
The Light Between Us is a story of unrequited love and second chances. It begs the dangerous question that we all ask ourselves – what could have been?
What does TWG think?
Look I’ll be honest – if I was watching TV and a film about time travelling came on, I would instantly switch over. For me personally, the whole science fiction, portal, time travelling sorta stuff has never been my cup of tea. Until now. Yes, yes, I know. I am as surprised as you are. However, my feelings on the theme of the book have changed due to Katie Khan. Whether I would find another fictional novel containing science fiction, as outstanding as this one, I’m not too sure. All I know is, is that Katie Khan has completely and utterly blown me away. What a beautifully written, engaging, mind-blowing and thought-provoking read this is. I have honestly never read anything like it, but if Katie Khan’s future releases are going to be anything like this one, I think I have now found my go-to author for science fiction and the like.
It is incredibly difficult to write this review without giving away spoilers, so I am hoping my vagueness will intrigue you enough to buy yourself a copy.
That said, have you ever believed in something so much, you couldn’t think about anything else except that one thing? Have you ever felt so determined to prove people wrong, you end up doing things out of character? Some might say that that is going overboard. Others might say that being passionate isn’t a bad thing. But, if you end up being close to losing people you love because your mind is heading down one path, and one path only, sometimes the only question you need to ask yourself is, ‘Is this all really worth it?’.
How many of you have sat thinking about your past, wondering what situations would have been like if….oh I don’t know, Santa Claus wore green and Christmas Day was in July? Or what would have happened if you chose not to hold a grudge because your best friend borrowed your pencil and never returned it? Or even, what things would have been like if you were brought up differently, your parents chose different paths for you, and the decisions you made weren’t the ones you actually wanted to make? We all have done something like that, I’m sure. Granted the grudges and Christmas Day ideologies may be slightly different, but I had to throw them in there just in case.
Thea, like us, has sat pondering about her life and wondered ‘what if’. Two short ones, yet they’re full of copious amounts of uncertainty. Unlike us, Thea has science at her fingertips, and boy does she know how to use it. I’m no science buff at all yet I believed I could turn into a physicist after reading this book! Not going to happen, obviously, but Thea made me believe! Whilst I didn’t understand the scientific experiment completely, I still managed to get bowled over by the intelligence within, including the outstanding historical facts that feature later on in the book. People say that you don’t learn anything from fictional books, and I can say that that is a load of tosh as Katie Khan and ‘The Light Between Us’ taught me multiple things!
The only way I can describe my true feelings of this book is if I told you to sit and imagine a dark sky, splattered with millions of twinkly stars, no background noise except the sound of your own breathing, feeling content with every minor detail of your current life. So much so, that quiet night sky has turned into a rainbow of colour as fireworks light up the sky….just because. When I closed the book early hours of this morning, I felt like anything was possible. I felt the frisson of excitement thanks to Thea’s enthusiasm. But, most importantly, my heart was beating like fireworks, with a massive grin plastered on my face. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but that is how I felt.
I wish I could give this more than five stars, I really do. I just hope that when the author looks up at the night sky tonight to see the stars, she realises that the millions of twinkly stars in the sky still is nowhere near the amount of stars this books deserves, yet its close enough.
Katie Khan, you lit up my world for the duration of the book and for that, I thank you. What a powerful, powerful read – I urge you all to get yourself a copy and ignore everyone and everything whilst you read it.
‘The Light Between Us’ will be available to buy on the 9th August, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon