Before I Go To Sleep

“Seriously,” I told my friends at dinner last night, “you have to read this book.”
Not because it’s of enormous literary value.
But because it kept me guessing until the last twenty pages. It is a brilliant psychological thriller, reminding me of films I’d seen in my twenties like Fatal AttractionJagged Edge.  Sleeping With The Enemy. One of those films where your life is a direct result of the choices you’ve made, and now you’re at the whim of someone you made them for.
Christine is unable to remember anything about her life every single morning that she wakes up. Through the advice of her doctor, she begins a journal in which she can record what has happened that day so that upon rereading it tomorrow she’ll be able to have a point of reference.
Imagine the distress in waking and not knowing if you were grown up or still a child. Married. Or, even a mother. She must totally rely on the things her husband, and her doctor, are telling her. And someone is lying. Because the stories and her feelings don’t match up; as her memories come back to her bit by bit, she comes closer and closer to discovering the truth.
A nail biting truth with a harrowing edge. One that makes me grateful for my choices, and my memory, upon turning the final page.
(Mad Bibliophile and Bibliophiliac are guilty for getting me to buy this with my own money. ;) Books As Food has a great review, too.)
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29 thoughts on “Before I Go To Sleep

  1. Okay, my friend, I'm finding it very, very spooky that in between walking around Paris with Hem, I was reading this too! Wasn't it good? Not the kind of book I'm usually drawn to, but very suspenseful, so well thought-out and hard to put down.

  2. wow this sure sounds intriguing… and could make a good movie too. On another note, I'm still waiting for my "Moveable Feast" to come in from the library (long line-up), so can't join you in reading it this time, but look forward to your review.

  3. The book sounds fascinating. I just put a hold on it at the library (it isn't due back until July 26) and I plan to clear some time to read it. I have a feeling it's going to be one of those "read in one sitting because I can't find a place to stop" books

  4. What a coincidence! A copy of Before I Go To Sleep was passed on to me just this weekend :) Will need to go back to the owner once I've read it though. ;) I'm planning to read it right after finishing Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes and I will save your review for later.

  5. Wonderful review, Bellezza! I am adding this book to my 'TBR' list. I liked very mucy your comment – "One of those films where your life is a direct result of the choices you've made, and now you're at the whim of someone you made them for." It really made me think. I loved your comment – "Mad Bibliophile and Bibliophiliac are guilty for getting me to buy this with my own money" – it made me smile :)

  6. ooh this sounds really good. I'm not often scared by a book but would love to be (I think!). One to be added to the wishlist.Looking forward to your thoughts on A Moveable Feast tomorrow 0:)

  7. I agree with you there. I will tell everyone “You have to read this book!” I told my librarian yesterday and she has reserved the book for her own read! :)

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