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June 13, 2012

Loved it: Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Published June 2011 by HarperCollins
ISBN13: 9780062060570
Read May 2012
Get it: Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

I absolutely loved this book. I received it as a Random Act of Kindness gift. If you are the one who sent it to me - THANK YOU. I so enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep. This is exactly the type of book I love to read.

Can you imagine waking up each morning thinking you are a child or young adult, but instead of seeing the purple painted walls or the velvety rabbit wrapped in your arms there is a middle-aged man sharing your bed? That is the life of Christine. A traumatic accident has left her with a rare form of amnesia. When she goes to sleep each night her brain erases the memories. 

Are you thinking this sounds oddly like 50 First Dates? Yeah, I thought so, too, but it is much more sinister than the fun loving film starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. While reading, I got the same vibe I did when I read Sleeping with the Enemy by Nancy Price.
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Is there a reason Christine isn't remembering her life? Why does her husband not want to seek treatment or at least why hasn't anyone at least suggest she journal her days? 

Anyone who regularly reads psychological thrillers will not find too many surprises as it is conforms to the genre well. Yet, it is still an entertaining read. I found the ending a little maddening. I might have to search out fanfiction to see if anyone has done a continuation (that's how much I want to know how it all turns out).

If you are looking for an engaging story where you think you know what is going on but keeps you a bit off kilter the whole time, then I HIGHLY recommend Before I Go To Sleep

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  1. You know, I've seen this book around the blogs for quite a while but haven't been tempted to get it. After reading your thoughts I think I need to put it on my list. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Mary, for stopping by. It makes me happy to know that my review may have convinced at least one person to pick up the book. It is one of those books I think I could re-read and not be bored.

  2. Hey Donna!
    I absolutely LOVED this book when I read it. As you know, I read a bit in the genre, but even with some of the predictability, it kept me on my toes. I think your review was spot-on. If i hadn't already read the book, I'd be hunting it down on Amazon right now!