Book Review | The Fold by Peter Clines

Title: The Fold

Author: Peter Clines

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: 1st March 2016

Source: Own Copy Purchased March 2016


The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he s content with his quiet and peaceful existence. 

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to fold dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. 

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe. 

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret. 

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys...everything. 

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf since the day I bought it back in 2016, it’s taken me five years to get to it and I wish I’d read it sooner as I could have read more Peter Clines books before my 2021 not buying books challenge started. Rats.

I loved this book, the main character is Mike Erikson, he is a school teacher from a small New England town, he likes his life quiet with no drama.  That changes when his buddy Reggie appears on the scene and offers him a job for the summer holidays.  He is not going to be teaching so why not help an old buddy out.  Mike isn’t keen, you see Reggie works for DARPA and a job offer from them will take him out of his peaceful existence.

But why is Mike so special you ask, well he has an eidetic memory, he remembers everything and Reggie wants to use that special talent to check out what a bunch of scientists in California are up to.  They have created a miracle, a machine that literally teleports from one place to another, you just walk through a door and just like that you’ll be somewhere else.  The machine works and has been tried many many times but they keep asking for more research money and state that the machine needs more testing.  Reggie wants to know why if the machine works do they need more money and he thinks Mike is the best person to check it out.

Mike does take the job and he heads to a secret lab in California where he meets some less than charming scientists, they keep their project close to their chests and are instantly suspicious of Mike and his intentions.  At first he is amazed at seeing the machine in action but he smells a rat and when tragedy strikes during another test he realises these scientists are not telling the truth, what are they keeping from him?

I really very quickly got sucked in by this book, the machine seems quite innocuous to begin with despite the fact in does what it does, there seems no reason to be suspicious but then little by little odd things start to happen and when more and more is revealed you realise just how dangerous this machine is.  

This is an excellent read and it truly kept me guessing till the end and I could have happily read another couple of hundred pages of it.


  1. I don't typically read sci-fi, but a sci-fi thriller might be something for me to look into. Lovely review!

  2. I really loved this one too! Thanks for reminding me just how much.

  3. I've had a copy of this for years too! Now I want to find it and read it, I think I'd love it😁

  4. Hooray for reading one off of your shelf! Even better that it was such a hit!

  5. Everything about this one sounds awesome! And yay, my library has several copies. :)

  6. Thanks for the heads up! I'm going to check it out. πŸ“š


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