Tyrus Books – paperback
What if you could go back a few years into your own past without using massive arrays of equipment and consuming most of the world’s energy in the process?
In Ernie Wood’s 2015 novel One Red Thread, architect Eddy McBride discovers an easy, sensory-driven way to simply stroll back into his past for short periods and observe events that shaped, or nearly destroyed, his present.
“History is never diminished,” he realizes. “It’s still here.”
Of course, Eddy understands that he is not supposed to try to change anything that has happened. Nor is he supposed to interact with people who include younger versions of himself and his brother and other relatives. To do so may cause serious consequences once he walks back into his own time.
But Eddy can’t help himself; he wants to fix things and soften perceived wrongs. Likewise, he can’t keep his discovery secret from his wife and his business partner.
What else happens in the book? A lot, but you must read it to find out for yourself.
Ernie Wood is an excellent writer who knows how to tell a good story and pack depth into the paragraphs he builds from generally short sentences. However, One Red Thread is not — to use a reviewer’s cliché — “a fast read.” Nor is it science fiction, beyond the ease of Eddy’s time travel. It is a tale of current relationships and how they are affected by mysteries, hurts and tragedies from the not-too-distant past.
The best way to read this worthy book is to take your time. Savor the interactions among characters who continue living within their present, as well as, past settings.
— Si Dunn