Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four-year-olds. But as Noah's single mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the preschool office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now - and life as she knows it stops.
For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought - I'm not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn't care - something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he's found it. Soon Noah, Janie, and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years - and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.
Sharon Guskin has written a captivating, thought-provoking novel that explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning and everything in between. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time marks the debut of a major new talent. The program features an interview with the author.
©2016 Sharon Guskin (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Previous reviews told too much, so that I knew where it was going. But, even just having said that, the story really captured my feel for humanity's journey, and I so much enjoyed the suspense as I rooted for the success of each and every character.
Excuse me for grabbing at the low fruit with my title to this review...but this book is my whipping boy; the book that must bear the blame for many other authors and marketers misled efforts lately -- my snapping point. This is the 16th book in a personal losing streak (6 weeks) all of which have been "chosen for me," or "best-of the month" losers. I've returned 15 without a single review, hoping to put nice-nice into the universe by keeping my fingers off the keypad. I am 0 for 16 in 2016...I haven't read one new release that has been anything more than pedestrian at best. Where have all the good authors gone, the promising new writers, the brilliance and originality? The publishers and editors?!
But, even on it's own merits, this book is maybe a 2.5 at best.
The Forgetting Time is another example of something that shouldn't have made it passed a Lifetime or Hallmark movie. It's an idea that is based on the premise of reincarnation and the transfer of memories from that previous life, propelled more by sentimentality than science. Guskin tries to intrigue the reader with the mysterious events that lead to an unsolved disappearance of another child, but it didn't work for me, it didn't add anything to a premise already explored by better authors. I saw it all coming and at the same time hoped it wasn't really going to slog through the well-worn obvious tracks to ho-humsville.
However--if you are looking for an easy-cheesy read that is well-paced and mildly entertaining -- go for it. Out of 16 stinkers, this was the least ridiculous or intellectually offensive. Other than a random sex-on-the-beach scene (not of the drinking variety -- although they may have been a good attitude adjustment for me pre-listening) it's harmless. Everyone seems to have loved it to the 4 & 5 * level. I did not, and my sister put it down after a few chapters.
i find it really hard to say why I found it uninteresting except to say it just wasn't for me. Too much woo, not enough mystery, which didn't't really unfold as a mystery - just a tragedy.
I'm still trying to figure out why this book has gotten 4 1/2 stars from so many listeners. This book has got a great idea and parts of the story are really great but to much of the book was drug out. Anderson had an important part but I think the book would have been just as great without all of his story put in it.
This book could have been much better if tweaked a bit more.
The conversation between Denise and Pauly at the end was by far my favorite part. What a beautiful lesson learned about forgiveness and how we heal by forgiving.
The storyline was okay...seems like it had potential to be much more dramatic and exciting. What was absolutely horrible was when the female narrator would be voicing the boys yells/screams for night terrors. Absolutely cringeworthy. I had to plug my ears. As far as the storyline goes, the two mothers, are not believable in their reactions; both would feel deep despair and territorial about this boy upon meeting. "Apathy" better describes their reactions when they are all together. Disappointed.
I liked the concept of reincarnation. The "facts" are hard to deny in this story making it believable. Good listen.
Tell us about yourself!
This book was surprisingly entertaining and will make you stop and think about where you come from and all the unknowns.
Who were you in a past life?
How would you react to your young child? Medication?
Would you believe a friend that was going through this?
What a powerful book...
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