Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Crystal July 28, 2016 5 Stars, Adult Fiction, Book Review, Favorite Read, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller 0 Comments

Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by SJ WatsonBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Published by Harper on June 14th 2011
Genres: Crime Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense/Thriller
Pages: 359
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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five-stars

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...
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.

This book. Just wow! Talk about a psychological thriller at it’s best! I’ve only heard great and fantastic things about Before I Go To Sleep for the past couple of years and I knew it was about time to read it for myself. I actually had a lot of trouble getting a copy at the library because it’s STILL THAT POPULAR!

If you don’t know already, Before I Go To Sleep is about a woman named Christine who loses her memory of most of her life every night when she goes to bed. She’s a middle aged woman who, most of the time, wakes up still thinking she’s in her early twenties and sometimes even thinks she’s a child. She had an accident when she was in her thirties, suffered brain damage and has completely lost her memory and is not capable of creating new memories either.

After spending many years in different hospital and rehab centers, Christine and her husband opt for home care and no more doctors to try to recover her memory. Until she secretly starts working with a doctor that asks her to keep a journal. Before I Go To Sleep is told back and forth between the present and what she has written in her journal. The reader is given a false sense of security inside the main character’s home and the revelations toward the end are completely unseen!

The real strength of Before I Go To Sleep is in the unreliable narrator because she has absolutely no idea who she is as a middle aged woman. She doesn’t have any friends, she doesn’t have a job, she doesn’t know if she has children and she doesn’t recognize her own husband. She is completely dependent on what people tell her until she starts writing everything down so she can tell herself the next day. I can see why readers love Before I Go To Sleep and rightly so! I highly recommend it for lovers of psychological thrillers!

Crystal


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