Ever since he could speak, Janie’s son, Noah, has been asking for his other mother. Now four years old, Noah’s imaginative leaps have become progressively worse.
After the latest psychologist offers a discomforting diagnosis, Janie seeks out alternative help. Dr Jerome Anderson walked away from a prestigious university medical residency to turn his attentions to the phenomenon of reincarnation.
Now fighting primary progressive aphasia, he decides to take up the baton for his life’s work once more. Time is against him though, as is finding a relevant case study, until Janie gets in touch.
Finding the truth about Noah’s past could be both Anderson and Janie’s salvation, but it does not come without pitfalls.
Sharon Guskin’s debut is an incredible Russian doll of a novel, beginning as a seemingly ordinary story of maternal struggle, it soon unfurls into a fascinating tour of reincarnation, a compelling murder mystery, and an examination of the familial bond.
But don’t be put off by the foray into the preternatural if it’s not your thing, because, like Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, at its core it really is just superb fiction.
And despite its title, this is one book you won’t forget in a hurry.
Published in hardback by Mantle