Before I Go To Sleep
Pub Date: Apr 28 2011
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.
The concept of this book was just great. Along with the main character we were able to discover what her life is like and who belongs in it. Since Christine is an outsider to her own life, it doesn’t in any way feel strange that she is so descriptive about everything. In general this was a very well written and very interesting story. I have to say that I was hooked right away.
In the beginning it’s hard to understand who the Christine is. This is of course due to the fact that she doesn’t know it herself. We can only see what she herself discovers that day and what people tell her. One of the things that kept coming back to me while reading this book is how hard it must be not to remember who you are. Or what the things are that have shaped your life. The other characters are definitely a mystery. We never know who we can trust because neither does the main character, which keeps things interesting.
This book was written very well in my opinion. First off I really liked the format that was used for this book. It really fit the storyline very well. It also did a great job of carrying us along with the main character in her emotions. These are all feelings that probably none have ever had to deal with, especially not in this magnitude. I did find that the pacing got a bit slow around the middle of the book. Maybe this was just me, but I would have enjoyed it better if that part was a bit shorter. I also found it less of a thriller than I was expecting and wanting. I think this had to do with the fact that I had already figured out what was happening before the ending.
I definitely recommend this book to any fans of the psychological thrillers and anyone who likes a well-written book with an interesting concept.