Before I Go To Sleep
S. J. Watson
Harper, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
or a first-time novelist, London's S. J. Watson has homed onto his new craft like a true pro. The plot flows without a break in the tension built by its protagonist's amnesia. Each day Christine awakens with no remembrance of the day before. Or of the years that have suddenly, she realizes, made her twenty years older than she recalls.
he has been encouraged to journal each day in hopes that rereading what was written the day before will somehow trigger a memory. Possibly put her on the path to recovery. Her husband Ben tells her that she was the victim of a hit-and-run driver and was so severely injured it was thought she might not survive. Survive she did, but with no knowledge of who she was, where she was, or who was the man in her bed.
hough Ben told her she had never had children, Christine started to feel this was wrong. But why would Ben lie to her? Should she trust him? She writes in her diary, as a reminder to herself –
Don't trust Ben!
But, wait! Didn't she love him once enough to marry him? Hasn't he taken care of her all these years? I must be wrong, she reasons as the next day she reads of yesterday's thoughts. She must love him and trust him.
efore I Go to Sleep
is a real spellbinder. With an ending I definitely did not expect. Don't miss it.
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