Title: Before I Go To Sleep
Author: S. J. Watson
Genre: Pyschological Thriller
Publisher: Harper (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: June 14, 2011
Before I Go To Sleep is one of those thrillers that will addict you to reading to find out what's really going on. Author Dennis Lehane called it "Memento on Crystal Meth" and a host of other popular authors have great blurbs on the cover and back of the book as well. Because really, this book was great! They've even sold film rights already... to Ridley Scott!
Every morning, Christine wakes up not knowing where she is or who she's with. Her memories have been taken from her so her husband, Ben, has to explain who she is and what happened. A terrible accident stole her memories or her ability to maintain her memories after going to sleep at night. After Ben leave for work, however, a phone rings in Christine's purse. A doctor tells her he's been studying her and to check the closet for the journal she's been keeping.
The majority of the novel is the journal entries Christine has been keeping over the prior couple weeks. In that way, the reader (including Christine!) has revealed to them a little at a time the various truths that Christine had been learning. For those who do not like epistolary novels, no worries! Even though the majority of the book is written as though they are journal entries, they are still written normally, as though Christine is remembering what happened. We, the readers, merely know that this is supposed to be a journal entry. But I thought it was a very clever way to reveal some secrets. And, of course, the more Christine learns, the more dangerous everything becomes because everything is not as it would seem...
I really enjoyed the reading experience and found myself yearning to read more to figure out the truth. I had a couple of gasping-out-loud moments. That being said, as great as the book was I didn't necessarily love it as much as the mounds of bloggers who are saying this was one of the best books of the year. In its favor, though, it is one of the best of its genre that I read this year. But I guess for me, even though parts of the book shocked me, the other parts didn't come completely out of the blue. I didn't necessarily guess what was happening, but it didn't all surprise me when it did. I hate to minimize how good the book was, though, because I still really enjoyed reading it , but I guess my gripe is that the end didn't absolutely blow me away which I was hoping it would!
All that being said, I would absolutely recommend this to others!
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