Who doesn’t like a good time-twisty tale? Whether it is literal traveling through space and time, mysterious flashbacks into the past, or simultaneous storylines in different places and years, WE ARE HERE for these books that feature multiple timelines.
12 Books That Feature Multiple Timelines
1. Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson
Amy has spent every summer with her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy…until the summer she and Teddy confront the simmering sexual tension between them, destroying the threesome’s friendship. One year later, Amy returns, dreading what she will find. Told in two interwoven timelines—the summer where everything changed, and the summer that changes everything—Where Secrets Lie is an enthralling dark thriller.
2. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Esta is a time traveling thief in a modern-day New York where magic is all but extinct. She has been raised to steal magical artifacts from the Order that created the brink, a dark energy barrier that confines rare magic-users to Manhattan. Her mission? Travel to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order (and the Brink) before the Magician can destroy it.
3. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Bree unlocks a unique magic and buried family memories in Legendborn. Driven to discover the truth about her mother’s tragic death, Bree infiltrates the Legendborn, a secret society of magic users and descendants of King Arthur’s knights. As she learns more about the origins of her own powers, she is transported into the memories of her ancestors. Ultimately, she must decide how far she will go to uncover the truth.
4. The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
After the tragic death of his parents, Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to cope with his grief, to be a good employee, boyfriend, and brother…and to deal with an inexplicable power thrusted upon him that seems to be ruining his life. Alex has the ability to see into the future whenever he touches something. And when he sees a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes.
5. For All Time by Shanna Miles
Tamar is a musician, a warrior, and a survivor. Fayrd is a pioneer, a hustler, and a hopeless romantic. Together, the two have lived a thousand lives, seen the world build itself up from nothing, and watched humanity take to the stars. But in each life, in each timeline, one thing remains the same: their love and their fight to be together.
6. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Timelines alternate between the past and the present as Anna is accused of killing Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve and whose body is discovered shortly after Anna arrives in town. Anna confesses, but her confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied.
7. Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Best friends Kat and Stevie have snuck away from the suburbs in Connecticut to spend a night in New York City. However, they are barely off the train when their plans are derailed. In the midst of destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians, Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship. Meanwhile, back in Connecticut, a different story’s timeline is happening simultaneously.
8. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Lina’s mother’s dying wish was for Lina to get to know her father, which brings her to Tuscany, Italy. When she is given a journal her mom kept while living in Italy, Lina is transported to her mother’s teenage years. Uncovering a world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps and discovers a secret that will change everything.
9. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Once upon a time, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders, legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire…until a war between two sisters ripped it apart. Learn how the fight between two warrior queens destroyed the empire through flashbacks of the past that led Veronyka to where she is now: a war orphan determined to become a Phoenix Rider.
10. Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
Sydney doesn’t want to go home to her neglectful film star mother, Lila, and Lila’s dangerous art dealer boyfriend, Jake. Sydney attracts attentions wherever she goes, and after a thrilling night that goes suddenly wrong, her loyalties are called into question. Follow one timeline which accounts a terrible crime surrounding Sydney, and another timeline in which the truth of what actually happened unfolds.
11. All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott
Kyle’s entire world upends when his girlfriend tragically dies in a car crash and he contracts a brain injury. No one understands but Marley, who is suffering from her own loss. When they cross paths, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling. Until Kyle realizes things aren’t as they seem. How do multiple timelines play into this story, you may ask? You’ll just have to read to find out!
12. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book.
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