Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

Before I Go To Slee[Before I Go To Sleep, or as Hubby said, “50 First Dates meets Memento” was a thrilling and gripping book.  (Thank to Lisa from Books On The Brain and TLC Book Tours for “telling” me to read it NOW.) It’s also the first book I have finished since last spring.  It was just what I needed!

Before I Go To Sleep is the tragic but somehow realistic story about Christine, a woman suffering from extreme amnesia.  Watson is clever with her storytelling and introduction to her main character.  Christine has suffered from a debilitating amnesia that wipes her short-term memory clean every night when she goes into a deep sleep.  This has been going on for twenty years!  She wakes not knowing who she is, who the man is in the bed next to her, not even how old she is.  She wakes some mornings thinking she is still a child and sometimes no older than her mid-twenties.  It’s a shocking moment, repeated every morning in the bathroom mirror’s reflection, when she sees a forty-seven year old woman, wrinkles, cellulite and all when she expects to see someone at the beginning of life.

The cleverness I mentioned is how Christine starts keeping a journal to document her daily discoveries.  At the suggestion of a doctor who wants to help her, but also study her and write a medical paper about her situation, Christine is able to wake, receive a phone call from this doctor who reminds her where she keeps her journal, and then read her own words and learn about what her life has become and what it was.  She is told she loves her husband but is also warned of things that scare her.

Before I Go To Sleep had me fearful for Christine and second guessing things in her journal.  Unfortunately I started having a hunch of what the twist could be early on in the book, but I continued to second guess myself which was fun.  I don’t like predictability in books.  I want to be surprised, learn something new and be thoroughly entertained.  This book brought all three of these things to me for the most part.

I learned that a film adaptation of the book is in pre-production.  I hope it makes it to the big screen because, if done well, it could be a hit.  Nicole Kidman is slated to play the role of Christine.  Okay, well Nicole, let’s see what you could do with this character.  It could be great!

{5 out of 5 stars (4 stars for the twist at the end alone)}

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8 thoughts on “Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

  1. This sounds like a better version of Gone Girl. Not so much for the story but for what I think Gone Girl attempted to do and failed miserably. I mean, everyone loves Gone for the “wow” factor but I was so bored with it.

  2. You’ve definitely piqued my interest with this one. I like that thee’s a big twist in the book. I have to agree with Ti to some degree about Gone Girl. Up until the ‘Wow’ moment, I was beginning to get bored with the story. But after that, I ended up liking the book. Except for the ending, that is. Welcome back to blogging K. :)

    • Thanks Lisa!! It’s good to be back.
      This really was a good book and a fairly quick read. It had me on the edge of my seat and always guessing but not in a scary way. Just in an extremely concerned way.

  3. Hey girly! Glad you read the book. I didn’t have it figured out completely but obviously knew things were amiss, esp. when they traveled to Brighton (was it Brighton??) anyway, the beach town where stuff goes down. I’m being deliberately vague for anybody who plans to read the book, hee hee. I was super suspicious of the doctor throughout. I thought it was a fun read, fast paced, engrossing, easy. Just the thing to get you back into reading, right? That’s why I recommended it to you!

    • Hey Lisa! Thanks again for “telling” me to read this NOW. I’m so glad I did and it was a great platform for me to make my way back into reading again.
      I’m with ya on having suspicious thoughts about the doctor. My head was reading with imaginative guesses throughout this book. It really was good! XOXO

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