This is a story about taking a leap of faith
And believing the unbelievable
They say those we love never truly leave us, and I’ve found that to be true. But not in the way you might expect. In fact, none of this is what you’d expect.
I’ve been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.
And I’m talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.
Right now, you probably think I’m going mad.
Let me explain…
Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions – but away from her own family – how much is she willing to give up for another moment with her mother?
Space Hopper is an original and poignant story about mothers, memories and moments that shape life.
This is one of those books where I am so conflicted. The writing is beautiful but at times I almost gave up with frustration. If I was reading a physical book I would have thrown it across the room screaming Faye Noooo! Please don’t go back! You are risking everything. But I’m so glad I persevered.
I cried at the end. I didn’t really expect to. While I know it’s about time travel I still think it’s allegorical, testing the concept of faith. After all if you believe in a God you cannot see or prove exists, then why not believe in time travel. Or ghosts. Or anything else metaphysical. Nowadays it’s all about science. Everything requires proof. Which is quite sad in a way. If it can’t be explained rationally, then it can’t happen.
So why only four stars on Goodreads? For me it is only because the questions and Faye’s internal conflict are a bit overlong and I think this may be off-putting for readers who want a straightforward storyline. Space Hopper is a slow burn, intelligent and immersive, but ultimately I loved it.
The writing is flawless and more often than not there are some real gems.
‘He’s like a hairy dog and his wife looks like a mouse. It’s sweet. It’s like you invited pets to the party.’ This could be one of my favourite lines from a book ever.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Helen Fisher spent her early life in America but grew up mainly in Suffolk, England, where she now lives with her two children. She studied psychology at Westminster University and ergonomics at University College London, and worked as a senior evaluator in research at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. She is now a full-time author. Space Hopper is her first novel. She is currently working on her second.