Monday, November 2, 2020

Before I Go to Sleep

Author: S.J. Watson

Publisher: Harper Audio

Year: 2011

“What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?” 


Christine suffers from amnesia after a mysterious accident. Every night when she sleeps, she forgets everything from the day before. She wakes up every morning thinking she’s a single twenty something when in fact she’s a middle aged married woman. Every day her husband Ben has to introduce himself to her and explain that she lost her memory in an accident. 

One morning after her husband leaves for work, Christine receives a phone call from Dr. Nash. She has apparently been working with him on getting her memory back. He has her keep a daily journal to try to recover her memories. As Christine reads her journal and works with the doctor, she realizes the things her husband tells her about her life don’t add up. Slowly, dim memories begin to emerge and frightening secrets surface. 

I really liked the premise of this book and it was a quick and enjoyable thriller. I like really strong female main characters so there were a few times that the main character bothered me a little bit - just too much damsel in distress drama. 

Narrator Orlagh Cassidy gives a fine performance. She easily conveys Christine’s bewilderment upon waking each day and her desperation to regain her memories. 

All in all, an entertaining book that I would recommend getting from your local library. 

I read it because it’s on Amazon’s list of 100 mysteries and thrillers to read in a lifetime. This book was good, but I’m not sure it deserves a place on the list. 

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