Monday 7 March 2016

The Forgetting Time By Sharon Guskin - Book Review

I have always adored reading and loved nothing more than getting lost in a good book, since having young children my love of reading has taken a major back seat - as I very rarely get the time to read these days. I have been wanting to get back into the habit of reading again, so when I was offered the chance to review 'The Forgetting Time' a debut novel by Sharon Guskin I readily accepted in the hope it would reignite my passion for reading once more.

The Forgetting Time

The Forgetting Time tells the story of Janie a single mother, and 4-year-old Noah, who keeps crying for his mama and asking to go home. Except Janie is his mother and he is already home.... As Noah's vivid nightmares become more and more distressed, Janie seeks advice from countless doctors who aren't able to help. Eventually, she meets Dr Anderson, a psychiatrist who researches cases of children recalling past lives. He believes he can help Noah - but does this mean that Janie will lose her son forever? 

Reading this I was intrigued as this is not the sort of book that I would normally read myself. However, after reading a few pages I was hooked, I sat and read late into the night as I was unable to put the book down, I then carried on reading the next morning until I had finished the book. 

The story follows Janie a single mum with a four-year-old son called Noah, who suffers regular nightmares and displays worrying behaviours at home and nursery. Noah is always asking to go home and see his other mother and knows about things that his mother says he has never heard of before. Noah's behaviour starts to alarm his nursery and Janie ends up taking him to countless Dr's in the hope of finding out what is wrong and curing her son. 

Eventually, after months of unsuccessful Dr visits and with Noah's behaviour getting worse Janie comes across Dr Anderson a psychiatrist who specialises in children who can recall past lives. Dr Anderson believes that he can help Noah but Janie is reluctant as she is scared she will lose her soon. 

I don't want to give too much of the story away as it has so many twists and turns and you are constantly captivated and wanting to know what happens next. It really makes you think as it is so well written you can almost understand what an emotional roller coaster this whole thing is for the characters in the book.  

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone, it is the kind of book that you really don't want to put down and could happily sit and read all day long and are sad when it ends. It is also a book that I think will stay with you for a long time after you have finished reading it. It is safe to say that The Forgetting Time has well and truly reignited my passion for reading again. 

Disclosure I was sent this book from Mumsnet Book club for the purpose of this review, however, all views are my own. 

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