Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Review: The Forgetting Time

Title The Forgetting Time
Author Sharon Guskin
Release Date February 2, 2016

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 seven years - and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

This was a wonderful book.

When I started reading The Forgetting Time, I didn't really know what it was about. The blurb is pretty vague. Sometimes, this might bother me, but that's not the case here. Going in with minimal information seemed to enhance my enjoyment of the story.

This is the kind of story that can weigh heavily on your heart. While it could be categorized as a mystery, it feels like more than that to me. It's a powerful story about how far a mother will go to help her child, a tragic story about losing someone you love, and a story that leaves you pondering what exactly happens after death. These stories are woven together masterfully and the end result is riveting.


5 out of 5 stars

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