Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

before i go to sleep

(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.

THE MERMORY LOSS: It is quite a scary thing to imagine about waking up every morning and not remembering who you are. It is disturbing at some level, which just makes you so engrossed in the story of Christine’s life, a life that as a reader, you find difficult to actually consider how terrifying it would be to lose everything that makes you who you are, your memories that have been made, created your path for your life are all now lost. And in this book this is just all thrown up in wind, with Christine suffering through day in day out with realising that she is someone else, but is that someone real or just a lie.
HUSBAND AND WIFE RELATIONSHIP: At the core of the story is the relationship between Christine and her husband, Ben and how they both deal with her amnesia. This dramatic background in a normal suburban town is a view of this struggling family with secrets, deceit and half-truths as Christine writes in her dairy telling her thoughts and feelings about Ben. Can she trust him? Does she love him? You feel connected to Christine as you read her dairy that she keeps and struggle with her to learn what memories are true and if Ben is telling her the whole truth.
THE ENDING: The book wraps the story quickly in the end, a bit fast, but you are given the reveal of the main plot twist that you might’ve seen coming or not.

Overall, it was an interesting read and favourably enjoyable.


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