‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson

Imagine that every morning when you wake up, your brain has erased all of the memories that were there. You don’t know who you are or where you are. The house you live in is unfamiliar and there is a stranger in your bed.

Like the movie ’50 First Dates’ Christine and her husband Ben start each day this way, basically starting over, due to Christine’s amnesia. A terrifying thought, but it gets even worse.

This thriller drew me in and though a bit repetitive in the middle, it is actually well crafted and clever and propelled me forward to the end. Who to trust, what to believe, what is true? So much depends on our memory – our relationships, our ability to love, and our sense of self.

‘Before I Go to Sleep’ is a runaway bestseller here in Britain and I would venture to guess that it will be a movie as well. I will not say more. The less you know, the better it is.

One response to “‘Before I Go to Sleep’ by S.J. Watson

  1. Living with someone who reads so much (see the list to the right!) there are always books on the coffee table. This one caught my eye and I picked it up. The basic story line is intriguing and draws you in but I found it moved too slowly for my taste. I felt you could read the first few chapters and the last few and not miss much. The only real ‘thriller’ part is towards the end. For someone who enjoys Ludlum and Grisham, this one will feel a little tame.

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