"No treasure house of recollection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?" ~ pg. 111
Christine Lucas is a 47-year-old anterograde amnesiac who cannot remember her past or form new memories. Her memories are lost every time she goes to sleep. Every time! Her name, age, past, family and friends are forgotten overnight. She heavily relies on her husband Ben and Dr. Nash. But are they telling her the real story or just an easier one? Does it even matter because once she goes to sleep and wakes up, it will all be forgotten anyway. This has been Christine's life for the past twenty years. The story unfolds as Christine tries to find out details of the mysterious accident that left her in this state, and whom she can trust.
"Soon I will sleep, and my brain will begin to delete everything. Tomorrow I will go through it all again." ~ pg. 111
Occasionally, I purposely read a book slow because I do not want it to end. I am not ready to part with the characters. I want to slowly unfold the mystery or storyline. Before I Go To Sleep is that kind of book. It definitely qualifies as a page-turner but was best enjoyed reading at a steady slow pace...until I reached about 91% and kept repeating, "OMG! OMG! OMG!" as I turned the ePages. The ending completely threw me for a loop. And when it was over, I longed for more! Now that I've reached the end, I am only left with the memory of enjoying this good read.
"You seem to be able to retain information while you're awake. But then, when you sleep, most of it goes." ~ pg. 10
S.J. Watson made quite an impression with this debut novel. I don't know where the author got the idea from but it is such a peculiar yet possible way to live. How sad to have no accumulation of memories. What a unique, well-written psychological thriller. Watch the book trailer below to see a hint of the suspense in Before I Go To Sleep.
Title: Before I Go To Sleep
Author: S.J. Watson
Published: June 2011