Published by Harper on June 14th, 2011
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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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.
Welcome to Christine's life.
It happens very rarely that a psychological thriller surprises me and really keeps me on edge.
Normally, I know who is bad and who is good and have an inkling on how the story will unfold.
But not with Before I Go to Sleep┬áby SJ Watson.
Nothing was how it seemed and I was left in the dark up to the very end. The story kept me as confused as the heroine, Christine.
I basically found out what’s going on at the same time she did. And until then, I was biting my nails, ignoring my choresÔÇöcompletely captivated by Christine’s story.
She wakes up one morningÔÇöwithout a single memory of the past three decades. Not who she is, how old she is, or who the man laying next to her is.
Once she finds a journal, she discovers more and more about who the person looking back at her in the mirror is. But the more she learns, the more questions arise.
Questions for which the answers break her heart a little more each time. There are things hidden in her past that seem best to stay buried. But to really know herself, she has to face it all.
I’ve found the story to be really intriguing. We’re all shaped by our memories. Every day waking without them sounds like a never-ending nightmare.
How do you know who to trust? Or what to believe? How do you even know who to love or hate?
Those are things Christine is confronted with everyday, while she fights to find her memories and therefore herself again.
SJ Watson managed to easily let me look into Christine’s head. Her thoughts and feelings were tangible, despite her usual situation. I think he captured her voice perfectly. The voice of a woman who everyday needs to learn how and what to feel. Who needs to learn she truly is a woman and not a girl anymore.
The complexity of her character and the story were astounding. And I appreciated that he made Christine as real as possibleÔÇöboth good and bad.
This book is suspenseful, riveting and flat-out thrilling.
5+ sleep-was-never-so-scary stars.
~Review by Paula