The Forgetting Time has a great premise – what do you do when your child won’t stop crying for his mum and asking to go home, when you are his mum and he IS home?
Janie gets desperate and ends up speaking to Dr Anderson, an expert in past life theory, who has spent his life investigating stories from young children who report memories that don’t belong to them.
At the same time as Janie’s son Noah recalls being Tommy, Anderson has discovered his is suffering from aphasia a condition similar to Alzheimer’s.
It’s a nice set-up, the young boy at the beginning of his life with too many memories and the old man towards the end of his life who doesn’t have enough.
It’s a great idea with a lovely symmetry, and provides a really interesting delve into the idea of past lives, however…
The first half of the book is a bit of a struggle. I very nearly gave up, and I never give up (A Brief History of Seven Killings being a notable exception).
Once the character of Denise turns up, the book gets much more interesting and the story gains a heart that it was previously missing, but it does take far too long to get there.
I’ve scored it 2.8 out of 5, which is a fairly average score, but I was surprised to see it end up at the bottom of my list. I DID like it, but I’m not sure I would recommend it as a read.
Excuse the pun, but it’s a bit too forgettable.