Synopsis from Goodreads:
'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.
I saw an ad for this book, and because of the synopsis of it, it had me hooked! I really wanted to read this book because of the very interesting description alone. I grabbed this book when I could, and read it almost all the way through. I did not want to put it down but for when I had to, for life's demands. Frustrating! When I was reading this book, I thought to myself this debut author is really outstanding the way he creatively and masterfully uses the suspense in this story to create it. How he would allow Christine, the main character, and us, the Reader, only learn so much at a time about her life, in snippets at a time, here and there. S J Watson is an author I will be watching for another book from!
I loved, loved, loved the build up of the suspense in this book! It takes you to a point it is so built up, we, the Reader, can't take it anymore! I was reading it furiously trying to figure out what was going on as there are so many missing pieces for Christine, and us, the Reader. As I was reading this, I think I was JUST as confused at times as much as Christine was, as the events of her life, as she learns them, and in the way she learns them, unfold.
Christine wakes up every morning with NO memory of her life, not even her name. She feels as if she is in her 20's. She feels young, yet when she sees her hands, she does remember what they used to look like, and these are not her hands. The age spots, the dry skin, the wrinkles. They look so different to her than what she thinks they should look like. When she looks in the mirror, she does not see the woman she knows she is. Who is this woman looking back at her? Surely this is not her. She is young, and the woman looking back at her is old.
Every morning she wakes up next to a man whom she does not recognize. Who is he? Why is she sleeping with this man? Why is she in the same bed with him? She learns this is her husband, Ben. He has to tell her who he is, who she is, that there was a bad accident that has taken her memory away. He is her husband and he loves her very much. He takes her on a tour of their house, shows her every room, where to go for this and that, and about her life in general. He gets her to the kitchen and he leaves for work. Christine is left at home so confused. Put yourself in this situation and you can feel how Christine feels, completely lost.
Unbeknownst to her husband, Christine's doctor encourages her to keep a daily journal of all her memories as she learns them. He reminds her not to tell Ben about the journal. This journal is for her to help her remember who she is. She can only read and write in this journal as long as he calls her to tell her to do so, as she can't remember there is a journal, nor where she keeps it, hidden from Ben. As she rereads this journal every day, she starts to learn a lot about herself, yes, every day all over again. She learns about her life as it was and as it is. This helps, yet doesn't because she has more questions she wants answered. She starts to have flashbacks of memories. Bad memories. This is where the suspense really starts to build and build. The most intriguing part of this journal is what she has written on the inside cover. Three words. "Don't trust Ben". Why not? This part she does not know. She has not written down why not to trust him.
Christine becomes obsessed with reading this journal every day, and writing in it. She takes risks of Ben finding out, too, because when she learns something about herself, her first thought and action is to get that journal and write it down, even if Ben is home.
The story plays out the rest of the way and it is EXCELLENT!
I don't want to give any further information about this book than what I have given so far. I don't want to spoil this reading experience for you. I can say, however, that this is one book NOT to miss! Get it on your 'to read' list!
This book is an excellent build up of suspense, intrigue, and finally learning all that happened, has happened, or how it happened, and what happens next. Confusing, I know! The whole book can be and is confusing. It's meant to be. Imagine how Christine feels! Oh, if I could just say more! I will - Read this book!
I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure, and this is my honest opinion I have written about this book.
You can grab a copy of this book by clicking on the link on the left side icon at Amazon. It is in hard cover, paperback now, and in ebook format, which is how I read this book. You've GOT to read this one!
About the Author from Amazon's Author Page:
S. J. Watson lives in London and worked in the National Health Service for a number of years. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, a rigorous and selective program that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result.
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THIS BOOK IS MY FEBRUARY 2012 "JUST FOR FUN READING CHALLENGE". (On the right side-bar there is a photo of a girl reading a book. Click on that and it will take you to the original Post for this Challenge. This is a group that was made by Dollycaccas where we choose '1' book a month 'just for us' to read! No review books, no ARC's, no books that authors have requested you read for them, but a book of YOUR CHOICE!