The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin


Published: 1st September 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 288


Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he’s already there. Noah is a little boy who knows things he shouldn’t and remembers things he should have forgotten. Because as well as being a four-year-old called Noah, he remembers being a nine-year-old called Tommy. He remembers his house. His family. His mother. And now he wants to go home.


Thank you to Pan Macmillan for kindly sending me a review copy.
The prologue opens the narrative a young boy wanting to go home; but where is he? Before readers are given any more descriptions or taste of an answer, the plot falls into the hands of Janie, a thirty-nine year old woman, who is currently on vacation in Trinidad by herself. With no husband, children or parents to answer to, she enjoys the company of a married man on a tour of a nature centre. When their connection leads to one thing after another, Janie finds herself wishing she knew his surname, so one day, she could tell their son.Β I immediately fell in love with the book: the plot was unfolding brilliantly, the characters felt like familiar friends, the descriptions were wonderful and most of all, there was a powerful hook which made it impossible for me to stop reading.

“And, listen… Can you ask him not to talk about Voldemort so much in class? It’s disturbing to some of the other kids.”

Noah, a little boy of four years ago, grabbed my attention like never before. He was beyond his years, extremely clever and also very cunning. When Janie wanted to go out for the evening for a date with a suitor, he would do everything in his power to stop her: including rocking himself on the floor, asking to go home to his other Mum and yet, Janie is all he has. He was an exceptionally interesting character who grabbed my attention during every single chapter. When Janie requests the aid of a doctor to help her understand what is wrong with Noah, I wondered if this man was his father as something about him felt very familiar.

“Stepping in for a quick browse, he glanced at the books on the table, searching for something to grab his attention – and the book calls out to him.”Β 

Noah has two personalities: the one which he was born with and the one which belongs to someone else. As he talks to Doctor Jerry mid-nightmare about the other life he’s led, the plot became extremely captivating and with multiple new point of views thrown into the works, I wondered how this brilliant murder mystery would end. When Janie, Noah and Jerry travel to a family’s home, the unanswered questions quickly slot into place and as each chapter went on, both the readers and the family were able to finally have answers about what happened to little Tommy.

“Some demons had tried to deceive her and she had injured an angel who had wanted something from her…”

The book itself is sheer brilliance. The plot is deep, with powerful descriptions and characters whose lives you absorb into your mind. I can understand fully why so many people have enjoyed and recommended this book as it is one you must read. The Forgetting Time would make a remarkable film one day.

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