Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Published June 14th 2011 by Harper
Summary: ‘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.
Review: Wow. I finished this book a couple of days ago but I’ve been trying to let it all sink in while I try to find the best way to write this review.
Before I Go To Sleep is a phenomenal book. I have to admit, it took me a while to fully get into the story but once I got deeper into it, I was hooked. Christine doesn’t remember anything that happened to her the day before once she goes to sleep. So in order to battle this, she sees a doctor (in secret) who encourages her to write in her journal before she goes to sleep.
This book is split between present day and her journal entries, as she tries to remember what happens to her the day before by looking through her journal. The story is a little slow in the beginning, but quickly picks up once we look through the journal. I really enjoyed the journal aspect of this book. It was filled with such real thoughts and raw emotions and is one of the most realistic diary-type of book that I have read so far.
I really enjoyed reading about Christine’s life and trying to figure out her life together with her. Even though Christine has amnesia, she remains a very strong character. She’s one of those characters you can’t get out of your head for days; she makes you care about her a lot.
The book was extremely well written and the plot was so well thought. There’s so many different fragments of Christine’s memories and journal entries that left me wondering what really happened to her. Watson kept it really mysterious, with several twists in the book – the biggest twist being towards ending when everything started to piece together.
It was really such an incredible read and it was so interesting to go through this journey with Christine. Before I Go To Sleep reads almost like an autobiography of an amnesiac trying to remember her days and find her memories. It was such a fantastic read, I would highly recommend this to everyone who is looking for a good thriller.