Before I Go To Sleep. Finished 3-25-20, 4.25/5 stars, thriller, pub. 2011
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.
Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems. fromGoodreads
I still remember the hype when this came out all those years ago, back in the days when you got together with friends and gave hugs hello and goodbye. Christine has a condition where she wakes up every morning with no memories. Think of the movie 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore. She has no memory of her middle aged body or face or the man in bed with her every morning. Each day she says goodbye to her husband as he goes off to work and she stays home doing…well, it’s hard to say exactly. Somehow she started seeing a doctor without her husband’s knowledge and he convinces her to start a journal and then calls most mornings to reminder where to find it. It’s through this journal that random memories start to stick. And it’s this journal that makes the book.
I liked this one quite a bit. It was a mystery and thriller wrapped in a slow paced amnesiac journal. That sounds fun, right? Well, it worked for me. Anything that can hold my attention right now aside from what’s going on in the world is a winner and this did just that for me. And, yes, there is a twist that makes it memorable.
Has anyone seen the movie?
8 thoughts on “Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson”
I read this one several years ago, probably soon after it was published. I remember liking it and, at that time, it was pretty unique in the storyline. I have not seen the movie – Nicole Kidman, right? Who plays the husband? Can’t remember. Glad it held your attention.
Colin Firth and Andy Garcia are on the cover of my book so I’m extra intrigued 🙂
I did not know this was made into a movie. I listened to the book on audio. Glad it was enjoyable and helped get your mind off our present issues.
We read this a couple years ago for book club. I loved it! I did not see the movie.
Seems like a good one to listen to on Audible. I could use the distraction too.
I didn’t know this was a movie either. The book sounds really good!
I enjoyed the book better but the movie was still fun. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book! Glad you did too.