Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor | DNF Review

Why Did I Pick This Book To Read?

Initially, Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor appealed to me because it was compared to Outlander. I also thought the jacket copy sounded AMAZING. Straight up, I am almost always interested in a time travel romance. Still, I am a huge procrastinator and a huge mood reader. So, this book sat on the Kindle until I decided to really prioritize getting my Netgalley percentage into 80% compliance. Seeing Into The Dim on the shelves of my local library felt like kismet. Alas, it was not meant to be.

What’s The Story Here?

Main character Hope Walton is an American who lives with her father in the South. Unfortunately, her mother died overseas in an earthquake in India, or so that is what Hope was told. The story opens with the funeral of her mother and an empty casket. From there, her father announces she’s going to Scotland for the summer to stay with an aunt she’s never met while he goes on a cruise with this librarian that he’s hooking up with. So then we get to Scotland and Hope stumbles across this time machine in the basement of the estate where she’s staying and oh by the way her mom is trapped in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine. I couldn’t tell you the rest of the story though.

How Long Did I Last?

I got to page 116 of 436.

Why Did I DNF?

Literally 116 pages of set up is SO boring. I want something to actually happen when I read a book. How do we get all the way to a quarter of the book with no time travel, no kissing, no nothing. Plus it is so full of information dumps. The whole how time travel was discovered and why they think her mom is stuck in the past is all revealed in a very long conversation. There’s no careful parceling out of information. To me, that just feels like poor plotting, pacing, and world building. I am not here for that at all.

Is There Anyone Into The Dim Would Appeal To?

If you are a diehard time travel fan, you may like this more than I did. Also people who are patient with books and patient with information dumps.

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 Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor appealed to me because it was compared to Outlander. I also thought the jacket copy sounded AMAZING.

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