The Forgetting Time – Sharon Guskin

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 pre-school 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 writes of subjects many do not believe and wouldn’t dare consider putting pen to paper for, yet Guskin, in her debut novel bravely adornes each page with splashes of bright vivid ink and bases her first novel on the subject many are so very narrow minded about ‘Reincarnation’

If you want to read something that is original, thought provoking and beautifully captured then this is a book for you.

The characters in this novel are powerful. Initially we are only introduced to three and as the pages turn and the story comes to life we learn of the other people, the older life, the new characters, this set of figures so very different from the first.

What would you do if your four year old displayed traumatic behaviour that completely changes his life? Janie Zimmerman did everything by the book, putting her child first she set about a journey of trying to release him from his inner pain, taking the steps to remove the terror he has locked inside himself manifesting in phobias and nightmares so real he mother lives through them too. Janie needs life to get back to normal and help ease the trauma that her little boy is going through.

In her desperation she stumbles across Dr. Jerome Anderson, a psychologist who has been studying young children who recall details from their previous lives, here is her unbelievable ticket to finding answers and rescuing her little boy from his harrowing ordeal and this is where reluctantly, the unlikely relationship begins.

The relationship between Zimmerman and Anderson is a strained one, her love for her child out weighs everything else, her hearts aches to make him whole again and her head defies the situation logical against his sense of excitement, caught in the moment of finally finishing his life works and having it published and his need for that final case, before his time runs out. I found the relationship an interesting read and could view it from both sides of the fence. Ultimately they both want what is best for Noah.

Noah is the little bright shining light the whole way through ‘The Forgetting Time’ even in his bad moments, when we, as the reader, forget he is only a small boy of four he still outshines the rest of the cast.

Noah plays an exceptional important role within these pages, joining all the characters together in a magical unforgettable journey that really does have you questioning what really happens with life after death.

‘The Forgetting Time’ is a credit to Guskin, and one I will be mulling over for a time to come.

This story will always stay with me.
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