Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

Title: Before I Go To Sleep
Author: S J Watson
ISBN: 0062065238
Source: Library Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis: Christine wakes up every morning with a blank mind. The bed is unfamiliar and the man sleeping next to her is a stranger. When she looks into the mirror she finds herself a lot older than what she remembers. The man tells her that he is her husband Ben and they have been married for many years. He tells her about an accident two decades ago that is the cause of her amnesia. With the help of a doctor, Christine maintains a journal about her daily activities as an attempt to piece her life together. The first line in her journal reads ‘Don’t trust Ben..’

My Review:

Another interesting book with an interesting concept. The start of this book is captivating. I haven’t read very many books on amnesia so this was interesting. Christine, our narrator and protagonist suffers from various types of amnesia and every day when she wakes up she has to start her life from scratch. From her unreliable memory she has build the missing pieces of her life together and live each day as it comes.

I couldn’t help but think of 50 First Dates with a sinister twist. The mystery is very puzzling indeed at the start and I was quite drawn in. Somewhere even before the middle, I could make out what the twist or mystery would be and so the ending was a let down. I thought the climax should have been more detailed and well put out but it was handled as an afterthought or sorts.

Having said that, it still made me turn the page and keep reading on. I was sucked into it at the start but then the plot just frizzled out and I knew the ending even before I was halfway through the book. Still, a new concept for me and interesting plot at least at the beginning. So give it a read if you like mystery with a psychological thrill put into it.

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8 responses to “Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

  1. Smita August 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

    seems like an interesting plot. But I feel let down by the author when I can myself guess the end pehle se….

    • Maddie August 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I know and it is a big disappointment when you know it could be something exciting 😦

  2. techie2mom August 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    The concept indeed reminded me of 50 first dates 🙂
    But here there is this not so happy twist, is it?

    • Maddie August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      You have to read it to find out! Let me know what you think 🙂

  3. victoriah4rt August 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I really enjoyed this book, but I do know what you mean about the 50 First Dates thing. I actually didn’t get the twist until the end, so I probably would have enjoyed it more because of that (these things take me a while, ha ha). I actually met the author though and he said the amnesia concept had come from reading an obituary in the paper.

    • Maddie August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Victoriah welcome here!
      It is disappointing when you can predict a book’s ending. But this was such an interesting concept that I had more expectations from it.

  4. NS April 2, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I just got hold of this book yesterday. It has been on my to-read list since ages. Thanks for the heads up 😉

    • Maddie April 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Cool! Let me know what you think of it!

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