TITLE: Before I Go to Sleep
AUTHORS: S.J. Watson
PUBLISHER: Black Swan
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012 (first published April 28, 2011)
FORMAT: Mass Market Paperback
LENGTH: 372 pages
LENGTH: 372 pages
GENRE: Mystery, ThrillerISBN: 9780552164122
'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 ...'MY REVIEW:
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.
The premise of this book is truly terrifying!
Can you imagine waking up each morning and not remember who you are, where you are, or anything about your life? Meet Christine Lucas. She’s 47 years old and married, but she has no recollection of her husband, Ben. Ever since she suffered a serious head injury, her brain has lost the ability to store and retrieve memories. Each day is a blank slate, and there are photos of her with her husband with notes on them to remind her of her life. She only knows what she’s been told, with no way to verify it! She then gets a call from someone claiming to be her doctor, telling her where to locate a journal that she has written herself. He says that he has been treating her but without Ben's knowledge. In her own handwriting, she has recorded her memories and feelings each day but some of the things are in opposition to what Ben has been telling her! Is her doctor really who he says he is? What if her husband isn't telling her the truth? What truth can she trust?
I cannot imagine being Christine. How utterly vulnerable that would leave you! You would be absolutely at the mercy of the people in your life and, without them, you are literally screwed. This book really messed with me on a psychological level. I love my independence and cannot fathom having to rely on someone else for everything. What if the doctor forgot to call one day to remind her of where to find the journal? Reading this at bedtime is even more disturbing because you can’t help thinking what would happen if you couldn’t remember anything when you woke! This is such a good book, and I had a hard time putting it down. If you're looking for a book to relax you and put you to sleep, this isn't it! My body was filled with tension, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I’m very impressed with this debut and will definitely read more from this author.
I hope the 2014 film adaptation starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth is just as good!
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