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It’s been a long time since I’ve read a fiction book and felt like I couldn’t put it down. That changed recently when I picked up S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep.
Even the premise was intriguing:
Christine wakes up in a strange bed, in a house that’s unfamiliar, with a man sleeping beside her that she does not know. She thinks at first that she’s had a one-night stand, and she worries that there might be a wife who will be coming home soon or a child who might see them.
She pads down to the bathroom and is shocked to see her face, but a much older version of her face. She thinks she is in her mid-twenties, but the face looking back at her is in her mid-forties.
This is Christine’s life every day!
Christine has lost her memory due to an “accident” twenty some odd years ago. Sometimes she wakes up and thinks she’s a child, other times that she’s in her mid-twenties. She never remembers what happened since the accident, so she is literally starting each day fresh. What ever she does or learns during one day, she forgets after she sleeps through the night.
She has a very small world consisting of only her husband and her psychologist. She doesn’t know who she can trust as there are inconsistencies in both men’s stories.
Intriguing, right? I literally couldn’t put this book down. I read it in three days, which for me lately, is a record.
Overall, I loved the book, though I was a bit disappointed with the last twenty or so pages. I did not find the ending satisfying, but I would still recommend this book because it’s based on such an intriguing premise.
When I read the back of the book, I see that S.J. Watson based this book in part on a book by Deborah Wearing, Forever Today: A Memoir of Love and Amnesia. Now, I think I’d like to check that book out.
4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.