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Before I go to sleep : a novel
S. J. Watson
Adult Fiction WATSON

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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Imagine waking up each morning thinking it’s more than twenty years ago. The person in bed with you is a stranger. When you look in the mirror you don’t even recognize yourself. This is the daily reality for Christine Lucas. Every day her life and situation must be explained to her anew. Each day her doctor must call her to tell her where to find a journal she is keeping. Each day she writes more and each day must reread the whole thing to get as much up to speed as she can. However, the memories are there. They appear in flashes. As she writes and reads each day she begins to piece together the story of her life and one thing becomes clear. Each day, her husband is lying to her. Why?
posted Jul 11, 2011 at 9:38PM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep—the result of a car accident and a severe head trauma. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he must explain to her their life together on a daily basis. With the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory and so that some of her memories will be retained. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? Can Christine herself be trusted to be telling the truth? I loved the first-person narrative and the often conflicting episodes of memory resurrections. The ending was a surprise—though I had some suspicion of what was coming about 2/3 into the book. A fast paced book with a compelling plot. 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Apr 4, 2014 at 3:23PM
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Suffers from amnesia from a mysterious accident; awakens every morning with the loss of her memories; her husband is a stranger to her; keeps a journal in order to jog her memory every day.



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