Book Review: The Watchmaker's Doctor by G.M.T. Schuilling

Title: The Watchmaker's Doctor
Series: Erase and Rewind #1
Author: G.M.T. Schuilling
Genre: Science Fiction/ Novella
Published: April 1st 2018 
Page Count: 93 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From Kate Tilton's Author Services

Book Summary:
If you could go back in time and redo one thing in your life, what would it be? 

The Watchmaker’s Doctor is the first novella in Erase and Rewind, a collection for new adults that delves into the biggest regrets of the dying, and follows their stories of what might have been. 

Anaya, a disillusioned, thirty-five-year-old doctor, has been looking after Gregory, a retired watchmaker and resident of an aged care facility. On her last visit, he gifts her his final creation, an exquisitely-crafted watch, knowing she will die tragically that very day. It will turn back time. 

With one condition: she must choose the time and place to reset the clock, and redo just one thing in her life. Regrets, it seems, are easy to realise when you’re dying. Hers was dropping out of school at seventeen. 

But what if, after one small change, her life would become much worse than it was? Or unthinkable disasters result from a single step off her path? When the alternative is die now, her choice makes itself. And so, Anaya’s story begins with her last thought. Would I have done this if I had any option but the grave? 

Would you?
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars

I love the story and it's concept! The Watchmaker's Doctor opens a world of what ifs and it makes you, as a reader, ponder about what would you do if you could go back in time and live your life all over again. I think it is an equally fascinating and scary situation because one decision could alter your whole life as you know it. Wouldn't that be amazing/terrifying?! 

Ana (the MC) was given another chance in life seconds before her sudden death. She has the opportunity to redo her life and fix any mistake that she could have done. To top it all, she possesses the knowledge of her older self when she returns to her teenage years. She does not remember every aspect of her previous life, but she does recall the most important parts and sometime she has flashbacks whenever she makes alterations on the life she is living right now.

It is important to say that Ana suffers from a bipolar disorder. In this second chance in life, she decides to treat it as soon as possible and it did wonders to her new life. I thought that was one of the most important messages in this story. Because Ana made sure to treat herself as fast as possible, she was able to lead a life without the distractions of this disorder. Not to mention that she gave herself time to stop and rethink her choices and made one that she believed it suited her best.

Final Verdict:

The Watchmaker's Doctor is a captivating story and has such an engaging plot! It talks about the importance of early treatment of medical conditions (specifically mental conditions), the life choices that we have in life, the attitude in which we live and how easily destiny can take it away from us. A thought-provoking story, indeed! It is a fast-paced book that is read very quickly, but will leave you reasoning the many possible outcomes. It is a must read!

Happy reading! -- The Chef 


  1. Wow, this really sounds like a fascinating premise. This definitely sounds like something I might want to check out. Great review!

    1. It is great and a super quick read! I hope you get the chance to check it out! Thanks :)

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    1. Right?! It has an interesting cover!

  3. Great review! This sounds really good. I can't wait to check it out. :)

    1. Hope you do come to enjo it if you read it! ♥