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Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To SleepAuthor: S.J. WatsonPublisher: HarperRelease Date: June 14, 2011Pages: 359ISBN: 0062060554

★★★★★

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life. – GoodRead

I really wanted to like this book. Here we read about a woman who has lost the last 25 years of her life. As if that weren’t bad enough, each time she wakes up she forgets what she did the previous day.

Each day, she needs to be reminded who she is, who the man is that she keeps waking up next to is and other important parts of her life. As she begins working with a therapist she begins remembering things and keeping them written down in a journal she reads every day to remember what she has learned about herself.

So far the story is great. Yet after several chapters of the same thing, it gets a bit monotonous. She does learn new things about herself and does start doubting her husband and those around her as to why they are keeping things about her a secret, but not enough happens to keep the reader at the edge of their seat. I felt bad for her, but after a while it was annoying.

The writing is great. Where the book falls short for me is that it is being touted as the next big thriller. The story was interesting, but a thriller it was not. I wasn’t scared and I didn’t feel any huge sense of danger. A change in genre will do this book good as people won’t be disappointed it didn’t live up to a preconceived notion.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

The Girl Who Disappeared TwiceAuthor: Andrea KanePublisher: MiraRelease Date: May 31, 2011Pages: 400ISBN: 0778329844

★★★★★

"If she’d only turned her head, she would have seen the car containing her daughter, struggling to get out. Struggling to escape her kidnapper.

Despite all her years determining the fates of families, veteran family court judge Hope Willis couldn’t save her own. Now she’s frantically grasping at any hope for Krissy’s rescue. Her husband dead–set against it, she calls Casey Woods and her team of renegade investigators,Forensic Instincts.

A behaviorist.A techno–wizard.An intuitive.A former Navy SEAL. Unconventional operatives.All with unique talents and personal reasons for being part of Casey’s group, they’ll do whatever it takes.

Able to accurately read people after the briefest of encounters, Casey leads her crew to Krissy’s home. There, she picks up the signs of a nervous spouse, a guilty conscience, a nanny that hides on her cell. She watches as secrets beg to creep into the open.

Forensic Instincts will dig through each tiny clue and eliminate the clutter. But time is running out, and even working around the clock, the authorities are bound by the legal system. Not so Casey’s team. For they know that the difference between Krissy coming back alive and disappearing forever could be as small as a suspect’s rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope’s dark family history. – GoodRead"

 

Let me start off by saying if you like the new show “Criminal Mind: Suspect Behaviour”, you will like this book. Very early on, we find out who the suspect is – which was a bit of a let down for me. Fortunately, the rest of book deals with the why. Why would someone kidnap a young girl.

 

The story flows nicely, the writing is well done. I must say, personally I was a bit disillusioned that I was able to figure it out so quickly. While the rest of the story was still exciting and fast paced, it didn’t have 100% of my attention. The team of rogue current and ex law enforcement that is hired to find her moves too smoothly. It works a bit too well with local law enforcement – whom everyone knows don’t like their toes stepped on. It would have read better had it been a bit more realistic.

 

It was a good book, just not a keeper for me.