Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To Sleep S.J. WatsonBefore I Go To Sleep
Author: S.J. Watson
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Pages: 359
ISBN: 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.

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