Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems. A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller. This is Watson's first novel and it has been sold in thirty-one countries and optioned for film by Ridley Scott.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
ISBN: 9780062060556
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,24 cm.


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Feb 11, 2019

Read this book off the library recommendations list. Very pleased with the plot premise (though repetitive at times). Have recommended to a friend who is a mystery buff. I loved the ending. Left the reader to decide if they wanted a happy happy ending or the beginning of a happy ending.

Aug 30, 2018

The premise of this book sounded interesting and it was.

As we start going further and further along during the week and Christine slowly pieces together what happened the night that lead to her amnesia. Every day she wakes up with no memory of her adult life, but as time goes along with each journal entry, she is able to automatically recall some memories without being prompted. The more Christine finds out (about her coma, her long term stay at a mental hospital, later her stay at Warring House), the more she is unsure the memories that she thinks she uncovers. What she finds is there are inconsistencies with what Ben has told her and what she remembers, like Adam (their baby), Claire (her BFF) leaving, the burning of their former house, etc.

It was an interesting read for sure. The closer we got to the climax the more intense and obsessed I got. Although part way through the book I was getting a little bored with the repetition, but I guess that can't be helped given that she is suppose to be amnesic.

Aug 02, 2018

The idea is really interesting and I wanted to like it more, but it became so repetitive (understandably given the premise, but it's not much fun to read the same thing over and over), that by the end of the book when the writing seemed to get rushed, I was grateful. Maybe the author was getting tired of things too? For me, it was just OK.

Jul 15, 2018

Such an unusual concept. the first chapter is captivating as it reveals the premise

Dec 27, 2017

Holy Helen. Reading that twice should be an official form of punishment around the world. SUB-ZERO stars. Is S.J. Watson still "writing"? Because he or she should stop. Stop and take up knitting.

Dec 12, 2017

Very well written psychological thriller. It keeps you reading and guessing. The simplified end feels unrealistic and melodramatic.

Oct 01, 2017

I finished this book like 5 minutes ago, I loved it. I couldn't put it down, written very well, keeps you super hooked, and I hadn't guessed what would happen at the end until it was happening! There are moments where I could see plot holes, but I think the overall story and writing makes up for it. I really enjoyed reading this.

BostonPL_LauraB Jul 29, 2017

I sped through this psychological thriller and really enjoyed it. It absolutely kept me guessing the entire time and I didn't get tired of being in only Christine's head (who can't remember the previous day) at all. Using severe amnesia as a plot device worked very well and helped to kick up the confusion for the reader a couple of notches.

Apr 07, 2017

I watched the movie first and almost quite the idea of reading the book. But when I started I simply couldn't stop it!
The author's description about the feelings of the main character is more than perfect and I kept reading it until the end!
I highly recommend this book if you like mysteries!

Mar 30, 2017

After the surprise ending, this book makes you want to go back and read it again, to see it from a different perspective! However I do agree with other comments on here, how the bulk of the book gets tedious, with the repetitive action of her day, and never really finding out much more information until the end.

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May 22, 2013

“What are we, if not an accumulation of memories?”

Aug 28, 2012

There were never going to be any happy endings for me. I know that now. But that is all right.

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Sep 26, 2012

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Jun 27, 2015

Christine has a rare type of amnesia. She can function throughout the day making short-term memories perfectly fine, but at night when she goes to sleep, each day vanishes. She cannot convert her short term memories into long term memories. As she begins keeping a journal at the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine slowly starts to untangle a web of truth, and deceit, but remains unsure what or whom to trust


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