Before I go to sleep – S.J Watson


Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (2 Jan 2012)

Book description:

Memories define us.

 So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

 Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight.

 And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

My review:

I didn’t come to this book through choice, which is never a good thing! But this time, my mind was blown, I was gripped.

Until this book, I had been a real ‘chick-lit’ lover. I went for easy to read “boy meets girl, falls in love, something happens, they can’t be together, something else happens, they get together, the end” type books. This was my first taste of what else the world of words had to offer me.

The story focusses on Christine who loses her memory every night when she goes to sleep and wakes up next to her husband who is a stranger to her. Every day she has to relearn her life. She starts seeing a therapist who recommends she writes things down so that every day she can go back and read over what she knows about her life. Initially, you feel like you are reading about an 80yr old doddery old woman but it becomes apparent that Christine is younger than that and that life hasn’t been easy for her.

The book plods along nicely with bits added to Christine’s story as they are added to her memory – you learn things at the same time as she does. And then the story takes a darker turn. I remember reading it one afternoon and thinking “I will just read to the end of this chapter and then do some cleaning” – I didn’t leave the sofa until i finished the book! My heart was racing and as a reader you really begin to feel how Christine is feeling. You want to help her, you want to scream and shout. At the end, I cried (you will see from my blog posts that this becomes a common theme in books I love) and once i had finished i couldn’t pick up another book for a couple of weeks as i had a real “book hangover” and had to come to terms with the book.

When i finished the book, i was amazed how many other people I knew who had read it and I have recommended it to many people now. I can not wait for the rumoured film.

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Before I Go To Sleep

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