Before I go to sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I go to sleep

Before I go to sleep by S.J. Watson

Each night when Christine goes to sleep, she wakes up in a strange bed with a man, and each morning, Ben, the man next to her, and her husband, has to explain that due to an accident two decades earlier, she has lost her ability to form new memories, and must relive them all over again, as if they were brand new.

Confused, and unable to believe such a story, Christine begins to jot down what she remembers, in any form she can, in the hopes that someday, she’ll be able to go to sleep and wake up with her memories intact. But the harder she tries to piece together the truth, the crazier it seems.

With his debut novel, S.J. Watson has managed to succeed where little else has failed. His style is both direct and unapologetic, taking readers on an emotional rollercoaster through the labyrinth of a genre that has its fair share of contenders.

Book Details

Title: Before I go to sleep
Format: Paperback
Author: S.J. Watson
Language : English
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062060556

Both our characters are complex and complicated, with many layers revealed as the story progresses, taking us down a dark and dangerous path, without hesitation, and without tipping his hand.

In Christine, we see a damsel in distress, a woman very much at the mercy of her own mind, and in dire need of help, much like a child. And in Ben, we see a faithful and loving spouse who is clearly struggling with his wife’s issues and could use some help of his own. Individually. Together they are sympathetic and relatable, a hallmark card turned into a sob story.

He crafts a tale that is both chilling and tragic in equal measures, a true testament to the power of human nature, and our ability to rise above the hardships that threaten to take us under.

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