4 out of 4 stars
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The Watchmaker’s Doctor is a moving science fiction novel and the first book in the Erase and Rewind Book Series created by G.M.T. Schuilling.
Anaya is a thirty-five-year-old doctor. Among her patients is Gregory, a retired watchmaker and a resident at St. Jude’s Retirement Home. Greg claims to have Alexandria’s Genesis, thus, looks only fifty at the age of one hundred one.
On Anaya’s last visit to Greg, he gifts her with a beautifully crafted watch that she accepts with reservation. As she crosses the street towards the pharmacy, an out-of-control minivan smashes into her, leaving her dying on the street.
In a split second, Anaya finds herself back on the bench beside Greg several minutes before her accident would occur. Magically, the watch rewinds time. Because Greg gives it to her, she can choose a specific time and place to go back to, but she can only redo one thing in her life.
Among the numerous mistakes she has made, dropping out of school at seventeen is the one she regrets the most. Now, with Greg’s magical watch, it seems like she is given the opportunity to correct that mistake. However, as she sees the minivan speeding towards her, she doesn’t have enough time to contemplate the possible consequences of her choice.
Told in the third-person perspective, this is an intriguing and thought-provoking book with twenty-four chapters. It features one of the most common issues in every person’s life, regrets over his mistakes, and one of his most fervent wishes, a chance to correct those mistakes. Moreover, the book portrays the chain reaction one small change can set off not only in that person’s life but also in the lives of the people closely related to him.
By giving away limited information about Anaya’s life in the beginning of the story, the author makes the plot very intriguing, and by using flashbacks to disclose specific events in her life, he keeps the story very interesting. An unexpected revelation gives the story a shocking twist and brings it to a mind-boggling ending.
The best part of the book for me is the realistic depiction of Anaya’s mixed emotions as she was torn between happiness about being able to change her and her family’s fate and guilt over the things she believed she brought upon other people by changing that fate.
Needless to say, I enjoyed this book a lot. It is interesting and appears professionally edited. However, there are already too many books about time travel that other readers may find it a little cliché. Moreover, I find Anaya’s transition from present to past too smooth and uneventful. Furthermore, I didn’t find distinctive descriptions that may distinguish the past from the present time like trending movies, artists, or technological innovation. It made the story a little unconvincing and that’s the part I like least about the book. I know, however, that those observations are too subjective.
I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is intriguing, interesting, and thought-provoking. I recommend it to fans of science fiction novels.
The Watchmaker’s Doctor
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