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Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel by S. J.…

Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2013)

by S. J. Watson

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Title:Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel
Authors:S. J. Watson
Info:Harper (2013), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (2011)

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This book was excellent... It really messes with your head. I am not going into depth about the story line, but I do want to warn you that there is a bit of a spoiler coming up....

I did not like Ben from the beginning, but could not understand why until right at the end. The ending is not something that I saw coming... Very well done! I was bored in places, but as soon as I thought to put down the book, something interesting happened and I kept on reading... I am so very glad I did. I would love to read more books by this author! ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
Christine wakes to find herself in bed with a strange man. This isn’t unusual, but she’s disappointed in herself when she realises that he’s middle-aged and wearing a wedding ring. Yet there’s worse to come. When she goes to the bathroom, she realises to her horror that her body feels unfamiliar, and the face in the mirror isn’t her own. Or is it? As Christine focuses, she realises that the middle-aged woman in the mirror is her. But how? She should be in her early twenties, with her whole life ahead of her. Context is given by the gentle, patient man in bed, who introduces himself as Ben, her husband. They have been married for over twenty years. While still a young woman, Christine suffered a traumatic traffic accident which has left her plagued with amnesia. Every morning she wakes up believing herself to be a child or young woman, having forgotten everything that’s happened since. Every day Ben has to explain who she is, where she is, and what has happened. Her lifespan has been reduced to twenty-four hours...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2018/05/10/before-i-go-to-sleep-s-j-watson/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jun 10, 2018 |
A good story, well-written mostly but less suspenseful than I was expecting. The reviews with the book itself were so enthusiastic that I was sure it would be amazing. I read it in one day over just a couple of sitting so it did draw me in but part of that was in the hope that it would get better.
Some of the plot was just too unlikely to be credible - surely the son or best friend would have checked in before - surely the hospital would have verified who was taking away its fragile patient.
Mostly good but a bit disappointing, given the hype. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jun 4, 2018 |
Judged strictly on the merits, it isn't a very good book. But as a brainless escapist mind-candy kind of read, it proved to be quite the page-turner. The final third of the book is a mess, and none of it is plausible or makes any sense, but it did work for me as a temporary stress-reliever. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Plus a half a star. The author set himself a very hard task to write this in the first person. I enjoyed the early part of the book best as it had freshness and intriguing detail. Later on I found it a bit repetitive and the mystery evaporated as I worked the plot out for myself. I found myself skipping over text towards the end in an effort to finish rather than abandon. [Spoiler] And a bit queasy about the violence - the more description, the less effective. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
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What if you woke up every morning, confused and lost? What if the body you woke up in was not the body you remember going to sleep in? What if you were oblivious to the events of the last 30 years of your life? Memories are what define all of us as people. But when you wake up, tangled in lies, visions and fleeting images of memories that seem to dark and fiction to seem real, how do you make sense of that?

Welcome to the life of Christine Lucas, a middle aged woman suffering from extreme amnesia, who has no memory of what happened in her life for her past 30 years. When she sleeps, her memory melts away, like snow on a spring day.

The highly acclaimed, internationally best seller is truly a suspenseful, interesting and gripping book that will keep you entertained for all 356 pages of it. For lovers of Mysteries, this is a must read book, and I highly recommend it to everybody.
added by davidboot | editEnglish 9, David Boot (Jan 28, 2013)
What if you woke up every morning, confused and lost, and unfamiliar with your own reflection in the mirror? What would you do when you wake up, tangled in lies, visions and fleeting images of memories that seem to dark and fiction to seem real?

Welcome to the life of Christine Lucas, a victim of an unsettling accident leaving her unable to retain memories for longer than 24 hours. When she sleeps, her memory melts away, like snow on a spring day. Keeping a diary of her daily events, she fits the pieces of her life puzzle together; she reaches a disturbing conclusion.

The Journal style format of this book creates a truly unique style of writing, one that truly pulls you into the struggles of Christine’s daily life. The narration gives the reader a striking insight into the daily battle of discovering her identity. However, the style of daily journal entries can make the book slow at parts, but much like a roller coaster, it is all simply preparation for the plunge of excitement.

For lovers of mysteries and psychological thrillers, this is a must read book. However, I still highly recommend it to everybody. The sudden flashbacks, the distorted images and the faint impression that things are not at all what they seem. This book will make you rethink all of your unclear memories; it will keep you extremely entertained.

added by davidboot | editEnglish 9, David Boot (Jan 27, 2013)
The ending feels hurried; a sentimental postscript to the meticulously plotted main event. But these are minor gripes. Before I Go to Sleep is an enjoyable and impressive first novel. Like the best of its thematic predecessors, it is also an affecting moral allegory: don't forget your loved ones. Or else.
The most unnerving aspect of Before I Go to Sleep is the way it is rooted in the domestic, the suburban, the trivial. Forget whizz-bang futurism: it proceeds from ordinary life in tiny, terrifying steps, and is all the better for it.
Watson’s pitch-perfect writing propels the story to a frenzied climax that will haunt readers long after they’ve closed the cover on this remarkable book.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews (Mar 1, 2011)
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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.

Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis — all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac.

With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion.

What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted?

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To Christine, each day
Is a blank page. Who can she
Trust? Can we trust her?

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An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

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