Book Review – Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep
S.J Watson
Harper Collins
Rating: ****

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.

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


This book had me up until the early hours of the morning, so that I could find out what was really going on with Christine.

Christine wakes up everyday with no memories. She has no idea where she is, who she is sleeping next to, why she is so old, what happened yesterday, the day before that and all the days pretty much ever. She wakes up everyday scared, confused and has to be taught by her husband who she is and what happened in her entire life. The book kind of reminded me of a creepy thriller version of 50 First Dates. Christine wakes up and remembers nothing, every night she sleeps her mind get wiped, just like the character Drew Barrymore plays in 50 First Dates. But unlike Drew who has Adam Sandler fawning over her, making her fall in love with him every single day, Christine already has a husband… but on the first page of her journal in capital letters it says DO NOT TRUST BEN!.

As soon as I read this at the beginning of the book my mind started racing, why not trust him? Was he being horrible to her? hurting her? cheating on her? She would’t remember the next day what he had done so why not trust him? Christine talks about how she starts her journal and everyday before she sleeps she records her day. So when she wakes up she can read and possibly help her short term memory come back. You find out that her husband is keeping things from her, but it could be because he doesn’t want to upset his wife or himself every single day. He dotes on her and checks up on her, he has to wake up everyday knowing his wife has no memory of who he is. It must be hard for him.

The book continues with Christine waking up and not knowing who she is, going about her day, finding things out about her life then writing them in her journal. Though she does almost the same everyday the book didn’t feel repetitive to me, I found it gripping and exciting throughout and the more I found out about Christine, the more she started to remember the better the book got. I must say I did guess the ending quite early on, though I was unsure if I was right or not so this kept the suspense going for me, even though I did guess the end the book didn’t disappoint. The fact Christine couldn’t remember people, events or the past made her very paranoid, she didn’t trust anyone, and she jumps to conclusions, this kept the pace of the book up as I had no idea who I could trust as a reader, Christine was an unreliable narrator because of her condition so you never really knew what to believe.

I really enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep, it was an exciting and gripping psychological thriller and I don’t think I have read anything like this before. Have you read this book or seen the film? Did you enjoy it and think it was a good thriller? Let me know I would love to chat. Katie x

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