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The Time Collector

The Time Collector

A Novel

Gwendolyn Womack

Picador

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A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller

"The Time Collector's fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers."—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger

Travel through time with the touch of a hand.

Roan West can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled psychometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow psychometrist and Roan's close friend, has used his own abilities to unearth several "ooparts"—out-of-place artifacts that challenge recorded history. Soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several pyschometrists who have recently died or vanished. When Roan comes across a viral video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch just by "sensing" it, he knows he has to warn her—but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it's too late? The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world, bringing them closer to each other and a startling truth.

1. THE MUSIC BOX


EL PASO, TEXAS


ROAN TOOK OFF HIS GLOVES like a man about to duel.

He slid the supple black leather away one finger at a time. He had not been planning to touch anything today, but the enameled singing...

Praise for The Time Collector

*A New York Post Best Book of the Week*
*One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read This Month*

"Beginning with this otherworldly duo, [Roan and Melicent], Womack spins a suspenseful web of mysteries and murderous rivalries, connected by an underpinning of love."—Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

"It's hard not to love a book that creates great characters, has a great thriller story at the center, and lets the reader do some armchair travel... [The Time Collector] is all kinds of things: it's a bit of a romance, it's a bit of an identity quest for Melicent, it's an awakening for Roan... A blast of a read, pure story adrenaline."Mystery Scene magazine

"A mystical thrill ride, spanning several continents. Flashbacks to different times in history enrich the story with tragedy and hope...For fans of historical fiction who like a hint of the supernatural and cosmic connection."Booklist

"A compelling exploration of time, history, and our primal need to connect with the past, The Time Collector is also a rollicking adventure through ancient mysteries and the moving story of two stunningly drawn characters, chasing the answer to the question of what it means to be human."—Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail

"A wonderfully intriguing tale, filled with the mystery of objects that tell a story. The Time Collector's fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers."—Yang… More…

*A New York Post Best Book of the Week*
*One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read This Month*

"Beginning with this otherworldly duo, [Roan and Melicent], Womack spins a suspenseful web of mysteries and murderous rivalries, connected by an underpinning of love."—Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

"It's hard not to love a book that creates great characters, has a great thriller story at the center, and lets the reader do some armchair travel... [The Time Collector] is all kinds of things: it's a bit of a romance, it's a bit of an identity quest for Melicent, it's an awakening for Roan... A blast of a read, pure story adrenaline."Mystery Scene magazine

"A mystical thrill ride, spanning several continents. Flashbacks to different times in history enrich the story with tragedy and hope...For fans of historical fiction who like a hint of the supernatural and cosmic connection."Booklist

"A compelling exploration of time, history, and our primal need to connect with the past, The Time Collector is also a rollicking adventure through ancient mysteries and the moving story of two stunningly drawn characters, chasing the answer to the question of what it means to be human."—Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail

"A wonderfully intriguing tale, filled with the mystery of objects that tell a story. The Time Collector's fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers."—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride

"Gwendolyn Womack weaves a suspenseful tale that tackles the question of 'time'—how it’s measured, its impact on nature and human consciousness—and I could hardly put it down! The Time Collector is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, mysticism, and intrigue, sprinkled with a dash of romance—my very favorite things. What a book!”—Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Meet Me in Monaco

"Gwendolyn Womack creates such marvelous worlds, magnetic characters, and fascinating stories. The Time Collector is her best novel yet—a feast of historical delights that enrich a spellbinding mystery. I can't wait to see where she takes us next."—Glen Erik Hamilton, Anthony Award-winning author of Mercy River

"The Time Collector is a glittering jewel of a novel, in which the past is something tangible that is all around us. With multi-faceted characters, a pulse-pounding plot, and threads of history beautifully woven into the story, this is a novel you won't want to put down, and one that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page."—Alyssa Palombo, author of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

"The Time Collector is a fascinating tale of psychometrists, people who touch an object and sense the stories embedded within them. Pick up this book and you too will be transported across the globe and the centuries into exhilarating worlds filled with history and mystery, magic and mysticism, romance and danger. Its pages make the past come alive. Once you hold this object in your hands, you won’t be able to put it down."—Amy Weiss, author of Crescendo

"The Time Collector is more than a story; it's a fantastical, inventive, and masterfully woven adventure across many lifetimes. Perhaps a future psychometrist will hold my copy of the book and know how much I enjoyed it. One can only hope."—Therese Walsh, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Moon Sisters

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Gwendolyn Womack

Originally from Houston, Texas, GWENDOLYN WOMACK studied theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video, and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller and the RWA Prism Award-winning reincarnation thriller, The Memory Painter. She resides in Los Angeles with her family.

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