Friday, June 15, 2012

Before I go to sleep by SJ Watson - one of the best books I've read this year!

My rate: (10/10 Skulls
Original Title: Before I go to sleep 
Norwegian Title: Før jeg sovner
Written by: SJ Watson
Genre: Thriller
Written for: Adult
Pages: 379
Publisher:  Black Swan
Published: 2011
Published in Norway: 2012
My copy: 2011 (Paperback)
Norwegian Publisher: Bazar Forlag
I read it: April 04 - June 03, 2012
     Source: Bought

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.

My Review

Do you really know who you are and the people around you?

First of all .... I don't know where to start but I'll try my best to tell a little about the story without overdramatazing it. Christine Lucas memory is totally gone after an accident. But her loss of memory is kind of rare and weird. Every time she goes to sleep, the next day she can't remember who she is and her husband, Ben, must tell her who he is, who she is, where she is and how they spend their lives together. Try to imagine living like that every day. I would've gone completely mad!

I first got to know about this book Before I got to sleep through Goodreads and I got very curious. It had gotten many great and positive reviews so I just had to read it myself. The plot itself sounded kind of special too. I love psychological thrillers! We get to know Christine well and her frustration.

I had never heard of SJ Watson before and I was certain it was a female writer until I saw him in an interview on youtube.Why I Watson was a female writer is because he describes Christine, her feminin thoughts, feelings and everything pretty darn well! So I was pretty certain this was written by a female.

Like I have already mentioned, the plot is kind of special but not completely original but it didn't matter at all 'cause Watson is a great writer and all the time I just had to find out what was going to happen next! Even though I had a feeling how this was going to end it didn't matter 'cause this book is a page turner! It's hard to imagine how it would be like to forget who you are every day when you wake up and try to figure out who to trust. I wouldn't stand it to be honest.

Before I go to sleep is a book that makes you think and gives you many thrills. It's a very exciting read and I hope I will get the chance to read similar books like this one in the future! I will definitely read more books by SJ Watson! 



  1. Great review! I've heard of this book and it sounds intriguing. It reminds me of a movie called "50 First Dates" which is based on the same idea - a woman wakes up every day not knowing her husband so every day he has to make her fall in love with him all over again. It's all very romantic - have you seen it?

    1. Thanks:)
      I have heard of the movie but never seen it and thank you for reminding me about it. Now I do want to see it. I think this book will be a movie. Can't wait to see it. Hope it's as good as the book:)

  2. That sounds like an intriguing storyline actually. I wouldn't mind reading this.


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