Lost in Time by A. G. Riddle
When his daughter is falsely accused of murder, Sam accepts the chargers instead. But in the future, murderers aren’t sent to prison. They’re sent to the past. Two hundred million years into the past – to the age of dinosaurs – to live out their lives alone, in exile from the human race. However, his daughter doesn’t accept this fate. She sets out on a quest to prove him innocent and get him back. As she peels back the layers of mystery, Adeline finds more questions than answers. Everyone is hiding a secret. But which ones are connected to her father’s exile? This mystery stretches across the past, present and future – and leads to a revelation that will change everything.
While this story is based on broad-based scientific concepts of time travel, it works well with the plot and isn’t too overly science-fiction. Riddle manages to use the concept of temporal paradox perfectly – meaning a causal loop of time travel that occurs when a future event is the cause of a past event, which in turn is the cause of the future event. The big plot twist is halfway through the story and completes the circle of events perfectly.
The characters are well fleshed out and have their own issues to deal with throughout the book, like gambling, illness, and loss of loved ones. Strongly recommended for those that love stories about time paradoxes, cryptic timelines, a good old whodunnit, and complex happy endings.