Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson


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.

Don’t trust Ben – imagine seeing those words every day in your journal and then discovering Ben is your husband and he’s lying next to you in bed. Yet you have no memory of how you got there or what’s happened in your life until you’ve read the journal…and you have to do this every day.

This book is a great debut novel and was recommended to me by several people who had all really enjoyed it as did I. I think it’s cleverly written and has a great plot. It’s sad, thrilling and deceptive and I couldn’t put it down.

I like that it’s set in an average street in Suburbia, this makes it easier to relate to the characters. Generally from the first couple of pages I’ll know if I’m going to enjoy the story and I like to form attachments immediately with the characters and with Christine I did.

You kind of have to go with the flow when it comes to all the medical and amnesia stuff, if you’re one of those people who tends to over analyse situations then this probably isn’t for you. You have to take at face value that the Amnesia Christine has is medically correct and not go researching if its realistic.

It’s a page turner and if you like psychological thrillers then this is one for you. I didn’t figure out the twist at the end before it happened and I can’t wait to see it made it into a movie.

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