Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already there.
Janie's son is her world, and it breaks her heart that he has nightmares. That he's terrified of water. That he sometimes pushes her away and screams that he wants his real mother. That it's getting worse and worse, and no one seems to be able to help.
In desperation, she turns to someone who might have an answer - but it may not be one she's ready to hear. It may also mean losing the one thing she loves more than anything: Noah.
A novel that spans life, death and everything in between, The Forgetting Time tells an unforgettable story - about Noah, about love, and, above all, about the things we hold on to when we have nothing else.
©2016 Sharon Guskin (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
"When I wasn't reading Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time, I was itching to return to it." (Jodi Picoult)
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"Very different thought provoking"
This book explores reincarnation and how to manage past lives seeping into present one.
Note to reader: To ultimately appreciate this work one must seek to suspend any scepticism on reincarnation and read this as the work of fiction it is
This book is set in New York and tells the story of Janie and her young son Noah. Janie has sex with a stranger on a beach with Noah being the result. Noah is ‘different’ He feels he is not ‘home’ and wants to go there. He also asks for his other mother and says he really misses her. Noah talks about another life and experiences that he has never seen or experienced in his current life. He talks about being held under water and being shot with a gun. He is terrified of water and goes ‘nuts’ if put in the bath.
Eventually his nursery manager intervenes and states she is going to call Child Protection services. Janie placates her and compromises by agreeing to seek therapy for Noah.
Therapy begins and with no clear answers until one psychiatrist gives a tentative diagnosis of early onset Schizophrenia. He prescribes medication which Janie is loath to give Noah.
Janie is concerned that there may be a hereditary linkage to this which she cannot prove as she has no knowledge of Noah’s paternal link.
Janie seeks help on the internet (as you do). Dr Jerome Anderson who has vast experience on past life regression was the result. However, Anderson has his own agenda. He has recently been diagnosed with a form of early onset dementia affecting his speech. He wants to achieve peer approval and proof for his theories which has so far proved very elusive. Time is now in short supply for Dr Anderson.
Anderson speaks to Noah and feels he can find his past family.
This story explores the selfless love of a mother for her son and how she will do almost anything to help him. The journey ahead is painful for both Noah and Janie in different ways. Thrown into the mix is a murder mystery.
I would never have picked up this book having read the synopsis. I chose it as on Richard and Judy bestseller list. I am so glad I did It was a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it. I felt the narrative aided the delivery of the story.
"Unexpected & Inspiring"
One of the best
The mixture of original narrative mixed with what seemed like non fictional accounts of the subject, well researched and well written
It made me think about the story long after I had finished it
I have seen comments with people being put off in the first chapter - don't be fooled! The first chapter is nothing like the rest. I had no idea what I was in for until the core of the story became apparent a few chapters in. This is an unexpected and very original work, definitely worth keeping with if you're skeptical at first.
"Brilliant and thought provoking."
I shall listen to it again, I very much enjoyed it, and it's very beautifully written.
The writing is the most impressive part, the story moves along and it's full of case histories which I had the feeling were true life although I'm assuming the main story wasn't.
The first chapter was strangely my favourite, but I enjoyed the whole book.
Bit long for that but I was gripped.
If you are very against the theory that people reincarnate into new bodies after they have died, then there's no point in reading this, but if you are open to the idea you are going to enjoy this facinating book and want to study the subject more deeply. It's not preachy but it does require an open mind.
After the first hour I predicted the plot. Half way through I knew my predictions were spot on. I then fast forwarded the second half in a hope the book would surprise me with some twist. There wasn't any. A complete waste of time.
The book was painfully dull and shockingly predictable. One star.
"OK but annoying narration"
the story was good and interesting, but the really annoying american accent was very distracting.
"Well written, quick read, fascinating subject"
I really enjoyed this book. The topic is reincarnation which has always been a fascinating one to me, but the story is also about motherhood and relationships, and the way people's lives impact on other people's lives, in ways they don't even realise. This was just what I needed to get me reading again. In terms of the narration I enjoyed the 2 different voices telling the story from various viewpoints, and both voices were not irritating to me in any way!
A captivating story narrated by master storytellers who really differentiate the diverse characters. I believe that this enhanced the story a great deal and would definitely choose to listen rather than read the text. Definitely prompted me to undertake further reading into cases of children reporting past lives whilst in no way compromising my Christian faith. I will certainly seek out other books by this author.
"Do you believe in life after death? "
Finished listening to this book in about two days. Thought provoking and at times emotional, it was difficult to consider the challenges each character faces. But each of us could be any of the characters - you can empathise with them all. A great listen, well written and marvellously narrated.
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