Before I Go to Sleep

by S. J. Watson | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1443404063 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 4/22/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, April 22, 2011
Received this from Harper Collins to review.

From Chapters:
Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man.

She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities -- tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life -- and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, April 25, 2011
Christine suffered from a traumatic accident many years ago and every time she wakes up in the morning, she can't remember the past. Her husband, Ben, needs to remind her every morning that they are married, that she has lost her memory, and tell her where things are in their house. After Ben goes to work, Christine gets a call from a Dr. Nash that claims to be her doctor, saying that he has an appointment with her that day and that her husband doesn't know about their sessions. Christine finds his name in her calendar and agrees to meet him. Dr. Nash provides Christine with a journal she had been writing in for the past week, which starts with "Don't trust Ben". The reader learns about Christine's past as she learns about it, with some fairly big shockers about how she came to be like she is and the significant events she's had in her life that she hasn't been able to remember.

This book hooks you on the first page, which is quite rare. It starts with Christine waking up and knowing as little about herself as the reader does. The reader learns everything as Christine learns it. A good portion of the novel is Christine's diary, which communicates what she has learned every day and the small memories she has.

The premise at first reminded me of the movie 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. That, however, is an up-beat story and this is a thriller that has the main character trying to figure out what is her real past and what are lies.

I simply could not put this book down. Watson keeps the pace up, with a perfect amount of suspense, yet he still gives away little pieces of Christine's past that keeps the reader engaged. By the end of the novel, I had a fairly good idea of what the twist was, but there were other plot twists that I didn't expect.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 01, 2011
This book is with me

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 22, 2011
Christine wakes up every single morning not knowing who she is, where she is and even who the man she is sleeping with is. She walks into the Bathroom and is shocked to see a middle-aged woman staring at her. She believes she is in her 20s.

Ben, her husband must re-acquaint her to him and her environment every single day. Once Ben has left for work Christine receives a call from Dr. Nash to tell her where her hidden diary is. The first words in the diary are Do not trust Ben. Dr. Nash unbeknownst to Ben has been seeing Christine and encouraging her to keep a diary of everything she learns about herself. As the diary grows so do Christine's questions.

This is a fabulous thriller which will severely impact your life because you simply won't get anything else done until the book is finished. I did not see the twist coming and it is a great one. Will look forward to more books from S. J. Watson

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Back with me. Need to find this book in everything that I moved so I can mail it out MsJoanna from the Best Of swap

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Mailed today to MsJoanna from the Best of swap!

Journal Entry 7 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Received! Thanks for sending this along.

Journal Entry 8 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Saturday, August 31, 2013
Unfortunately, this book was damaged in a flood in my home and must be thrown away. I'll be putting this one back on my wishlist as I was really interested in reading this one.

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