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In the Now Paperback – May 31, 2012
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Psychiatrist Carla Turner is asked by a close friend to help his drug company test a new unapproved medication on one of her patients. The medicine is intended for people with substance abuse problems and it's supposed to make it easier to hypnotize the patient so that a suggestion can be planted in his subconscious to help him overcome the addiction. Carla chooses her favorite patient Amy Duran to experiment on and there is a startling resolution to the session. Amy is regressed to a past life where she was Isao Watanabe, a Japanese World War II veteran, and, when she comes out of the hypnosis, Amy is dormant and Isao is living in her body. Imagine a drug that would let you visit your previous lives and pick the personality you would like to live as. Carla is horrified by the idea and only hopes to regain Amy, who was always very important to her. The drug company however sees a chance to make a fortune on an opportunity and doesn't want anyone standing in its way.
If In the Now doesn't have you evaluating your personal beliefs as you read it, you're not reading it correctly. Sinclair questions society's preconceived ideas about religion, reincarnation, and the roles of men and women. Ethical problems abound in this book. What is the ethical situation of erasing one life to substitute it with another or of blending lives together to create a new entity? It should be clear by now that Kelly Sinclair does more than simply tell a story. The story is there and the twists and turns all of the characters go through to attempt to resolve the issues will keep the reader's mind challenged and entertained.
The one fault in the book is the head-hopping that it does. At times it can be difficult to tell which character's head the reader is inside and this gets worse towards the end of the book. Some sections could have been expanded a bit to allow for development, but unlike figuring out which character you're listening to, the gaps in the characters and plot aren't a serious issue.
In the Now is a different type of book. Those who have read Kelly Sinclair's other books expect a story that is entertaining and that makes your brain work considering new possibilities. They won't be disappointed in this story. Don't be afraid to have to work a little with this book. It's worth it.