Book Review: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Before I Go to SleepBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

As the book opens, we are introduced to the narrator, Christine Lucas, who has not quite been introduced to herself. Christine wakes up everyday, walks into the bathroom, and sees her reflection as it would be 25 years from now. She finds pictures tapped to the bathroom mirror to prove that yes, that reflection is her. She also finds pictures of her husband, Ben. Everyday she wakes and lives each day as a blank slate, until she starts a journal.

On the day that the book starts, Christine receives a call from a man who says that he is her doctor. He takes her out for coffee, explains her illness – amnesia that kills her short-term memory – and returns her journal to her. Christine takes the book home, opens the page and reads, in her writing, DO NOT TRUST BEN.

We then begin to read the journal along with Christine, and too are not sure whom to trust.

Watson does an amazing job of creating this character. Christine, who has no sense of self, is portrayed as a rich character. It was difficult to put this book down, I so wanted/needed to know what would happen next. The ending did not fit the story; however, that does not take away from the story.

I would recommend this book to readers who love a good mystery, if you enjoyed The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold I believe that you will enjoy Before I Go to Sleep.

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