Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. WatsonBefore I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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 randomly picked up Before I Go To Sleep because I needed a book to read on the train home after I met up with Gaby in London. It was sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time, and I figured I could do with a quick thriller, so that was that. I read Before I Go To Sleep in about two days, which is quite impressive when you take into account the giant reading slump that I have been in since I binge-watched The 100. Luckily, Before I Go To Sleep was captivating.

I am a lover of all things to do with (fictional) memory loss. The main character of Before I Go To Sleep wakes up every morning without her memories – a phenomenon that has been troubling doctors ever since Christine’s accident about two decades ago, which caused the trauma to her brain so that it can’t retain new memories.

Christine wakes up every morning not knowing who her husband is, where she lives, or that she’s in her forties. In her mind, she’s usually in her twenties, although there’s little consistency on that front, and so looking in the mirror is a shock. This truly gave me goosebumps because can you imagine waking up next to a middle aged man that you don’t know? When you are (or you think you are) twenty two? It’s creepy as hell and it really freaked me out in the beginning.

The story is one big thrill ride, with Christine waking up every day to read her journal and discover new things about herself. The reader can start to piece together clues about a bigger mystery that’s playing out here, and this is something that I really enjoyed. I liked gradually finding out more and more about Christine’s accident, and I pretty much ended up suspecting every single character of foul play by the end.

Since I had so many theories, it was easy to have one that turned out to be right. That’s what happens when – and also why you should – cover all your bases when Sherlocking. The ending didn’t really shock me, but it did make me gasp and gave me intense goosebumps because it was just as creepy as I had imagined.

Overall I think Before I Go To Sleep is a great thriller, which is easy to read if you’re in the mood for something quick but pretty dark. It’s also been adapted into a movie, so that should make for an interesting Books in Motion post!

15 comments on “Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

  1. Lisa @ Bookish Broads 09/01/2015 1:59 pm

    I loooved this one! I definitely felt the twist but was like “nononononononono” because of the creep level. The movie is gonna be great!

    • Amber 09/01/2015 9:42 pm

      It was the creepiest thing! It reminds me of one of those urban legends. *shivers*

      • Lisa @ Bookish Broads 12/01/2015 5:52 pm

        YES EXACTLY like the guy in the backseat of your car or waiting under your car to slice your achilles tendons. BRB crying in the corner of my office and never leaving

  2. Tanya Patrice 09/01/2015 2:47 pm

    I binge watched The 100 last weekend too – oh my gosh I love that show! And the book – loved it too. I liked the twist at the end, which I didn’t guess.

    • Amber 10/01/2015 12:54 am

      *high five* What flawless taste you have! Haha. I guessed the twist but it was still AMAZING!

  3. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts 09/01/2015 6:15 pm

    Ooooh! I really like this concept—it kind of reminds me of Memento. I shall have to investigate it!

    • Amber 22/01/2015 3:17 am

      I haven’t seen Memento but now I NEED to watch it!

  4. Hanna @ Booking in Heels 09/01/2015 11:47 pm

    I’ve this on my TBR for… ooh, three years now? 🙂

    I avoided it at the time because I’d ended up reading three or four other memory-loss books around that time and I think I was amnesia-ed out! You’ve just reminded me that I still own it though, so perhaps it’s time to dust it off.

    New follower! *waves*

    • Amber 22/01/2015 3:15 am

      Thanks, Hanna! Definitely read it, it’s such a thrilling read!

  5. lectus 10/01/2015 2:20 pm

    I loved it. I wonder how the movie adaptation will turn out.

    • Amber 10/01/2015 6:57 pm

      I watched it and it honestly wasn’t that great. It lacked the suspense!

  6. Mel@thedailyprophecy 14/01/2015 9:10 pm

    Waking up and not remembering anything sounds horrifying.. Losing your memory is one of the things that scares, but at the same time I love to read about. I must check it out.

    • Amber 22/01/2015 3:16 am

      Memory loss stories are so scary!

  7. Filipa 17/01/2015 1:15 am

    I generally don’t read many thrillers, but this one sounds amazing!

    • Amber 22/01/2015 3:17 am

      It is! If you feel like reading a thriller I would recommend Gillian Flynn, but this is also a good choice 😀

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