Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.

This book is so inspirational.  On a writing level as Watson wrote this book as part of  a course he was attending and also on a story level.  I really enjoyed this, not my usual Chick Lit genre but I was gripped from the beginning and throughout the book.  My one disappointment was the ending I wont give it away but I left me with some questions and feeling that the book was unfinished.  Other than that I cant see much fault in the book – it’s well written the Watson has avoided each day getting repetitive.

The characters aren’t complex at all – there is no depth to them, but that is what makes this book work.  It’s written from Christine’s point of view so the lack of complexity makes you sympathize with her condition and makes you think what it would be like if you were in her situation.

I’m rating Before I Go To Sleep as a Good Read.


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