Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Imagine learning that you are married, had a life, then lost it all every day. Imagine waking up next to someone you don’t know, trying to trust him because he is your husband, trying to reconnect, live your life, knowing you ONLY have a day. Because tomorrow, all you did, learned, all the memories you made, will be gone. S.J. Watson tackles this very issue skillfully in the book “Before I go to sleep”.
Christine, the narrator and main character, suffers from amnesia. She was involved in an incident of sorts and cannot form new memories. Every day she wakes up in a bed she doesn’t know, next to a man she does not remember and 20 years older than what she thought. Every day starts the same.
The one person that helps her through this is her husband, Ben. She also is seeing a doctor behind her husband’s back and she writes in her diary daily, trying to piece together the previous days she can’t remember, as well as her life. But, when she writes in her diary “Don’t trust Ben” she must try to figure out how the accident happened, her life to date and whether she can trust those around her. Her life, and sanity, rests on whether she can put together and make sense of her fragmented life.
The book itself is Christine diary. She uses it to keep track of her days, her experiences, her memories. The book is Christine’s memory and the anchor to her life. S.J. Watson authored an incredible book. The narration conveys the desperation Christine feels and a sense of urgency about finding out more about Christine’s accident and what has transpired in her life.
“Before I go to sleep” is a great book. I was thoroughly enthralled by the subject matter and the narration. I don’t think I was able to physically put it down. Even if I wasn’t actively reading it, I had it in my hand.
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