Review | Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

17 August 2013


Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 384

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.

Christine Lucas wakes up every morning and cannot remember anything about herself or her life. I her first moments of waking up she believes she is in her 20's but then she wakes up next to a man she does not, in a house she cannot remember. Every day that man has to explain to her who she is and who he is, about their life together and how because of an accident Christine lost not only her memory but the ability to build new memories. At the advice of the a doctor she is seeing behind her husband, Ben's, back she starts to write a journal and re-read it each day but what develops once she does this is harrowing. The cracks in Ben's story appear and nothing is as it seems.

Over the last few years I've seen a lot of buzz about this book after a friend read it and recommended I decided I'd give it a go. I don't usually read thrillers and when I read the first section of the book I wasn't sure if I would like it but I was so wrong. I loved this book and I couldn't put it down. 

Despite spending the majority of the book reading Christine's journal it doesn't feel like you're reading a journal. You feel like you're reading Christine's story aside from a form of a diary. As I was reading I suspect everyone and everything, I think I suspected every single character in the book.

Once I about three quarters through I just couldn't stop, I needed to get to the end and know the truth, know who was lying and who was really there for Christine. The ending did not disappoint and even though I saw it coming once it had started that didn't ruin it for me. The twist made this book and I really enjoyed reading it.

The only thing I can say that I didn't like about this book was the very end, I don't know why but it just felt a little incomplete. I would like the have seen an epilogue to see how Christine's life was after she broke free.

1 comment:

  1. A friend recently mentioned this, and having read your review, I think I need to read it! I love books with plot twists, so this sounds like something I'd enjoy - especially as you said the twist made the book, that's always a good sign :)


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