Tyme’s End – B R Collins

“There are footsteps downstairs.
I sit up as quietly as I can, and a shiver goes down my back. I pray that I’ve imagined the sound, or that it’s my heartbeat. But it isn’t.
Maybe it’s just someone who’s come in to get out of the rain – a tramp, or a kid, or a tourist. But the local kids don’t come her. No one comes here. Even tramps only come here in the winter, when they’re desperate.
I’m cold all over. I’m on my feet but I don’t remember standing up. Oh, god. There
is someone downstairs. The light has gone grey-blue, shadowy, like dusk.
I stand very still, praying for the noise to stop, praying that I’ve imagined it – like before, like all those times before – but it carries on. Deliberate, slow footsteps. I shut my eyes to imagine somebody walking like that, then wish I hadn’t”

Bibi is a loner, struggling to fit in with her own life, constantly reminding herself and her parents that they aren’t her real parents. She only finds comfort in Tyme’s End, an old mansion house in her town that has been left to rot since historian H.J. Martin died 70 years earlier. However after one huge argument with her parents Bibi finds herself face to face with the current owner, Oliver. Taking an instant dislike to her Oliver soon realises she’s just someone who needs to realise that not everything is so black and white, and sometimes where you feel most safe is the place you are in the most danger.
Spread over 70 years Tyme’s End is written in three parts, from Bibi, in 2006, to Oliver in 1996 and then Oliver’s Granddad in 1936. We see the history of Tyme’s End, and the reasoning for its present state is uncovered by looking towards the past.
For me Tyme’s End was brilliantly written, the descriptions of the house, its presence, how it felt like a place of belonging, that was all evident from the way BR Collins wrote it. However I was majorly disappointed by the end, and by the story. It felt like it dragged so much once you got into 1936, I really didn’t like the characters in this part of the book and the ending was pretty anti-climactic.
There were some amazing bits of this book, like I say, the descriptions; wow! I felt like I was walking through the house myself and bloody hell I was terrified, especially when Oliver finds himself in the house during a storm. It’s rare that a book scares me, I haven’t really read any scary books for years and I honestly didn’t expect even ‘scary’ books to scare me! I don’t know why but I really didn’t. However Tyme’s End terrified me, I even had my t-shirt pulled up towards my eyes at one point trying to hide! These bits of the book were amazing; I just wish the whole book was!
I liked that a lot of the time the past reflected the present; Bibi felt a belonging, the same as Oliver and his Granddad had, when she was in Tyme’s End. The lack of “real” parents was something that all of them shared and that came across so well in places but quite a lot of the time I was left thinking that Bibi was being pretty damn unreasonable! I liked that Oliver was the way he was too, though I kinda was a bit worried in a few places about what was gunna happen…
I think the best part of the book had to be the middle section, Oliver’s story. I was drawn to him as a character more than anyone else in the story and I think this bit was the more gripping of the whole book; I loved it, the relationship with his father, and his granddad and his time in the house. I felt for him so much at the end of his part of the story and if it stuck with him I would have enjoyed the book more, I think.
All in all, Tyme’s End was ok, it was a fast –paced descriptive book that had me pretty scared, but the scariness of it was all that was worth it in my opinion, the storyline was a bit off and I wouldn’t bother reading it again. However I will read more of BR Collins’ books to see what they are like, before I judge her for this one, as I say her writing is incredible! 


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