Author: S.J. Watson
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Edition: Trade paperback
'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. (from Goodreads)
From the opening paragraph, S.J. Watson had me hooked. "The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. I don't know where I am, how I came to be here. I don't know how I'm going to get home."
Before I Go to Sleep is the thrilling, can't put down suspenseful novel of a woman who can't remember things day to day because of an accident she was in years earlier. Each morning she wakes up not knowing where she is or who she's in bed with. The mirror shows a significantly older woman than the one she remembers herself to be. She cannot form new memories.
Daily her doctor calls to remind Christine to get her journal from the closet and to read it. At day's end, she writes about her day and the journal, though it's not been written in for very long, slowly begins to reveal certain truths about her life. The curious thing, which really keeps you reading to know why, is at the very beginning of the journal she has written "Don't trust Ben."
Although I am itching to tell more, I don't want to ruin the story for you. Cleverly plotted and written; it's enough to say it's a real page-turner that I hated to put down! Breaks were not long enough and days too short, as I squeezed in reading time for this thriller!! I can't wait for the movie! Wowza!!!
Warning for sensitive viewers: some language and sexual references.