Before I go to Sleep – S.J Watson

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My oh my! What a thrilling book this was. A psychological thriller to the core and it quite literally deals with neuropsychological issues that keep you engrossed till the very end. As for the end? Well now it’s an ending that you just don’t expect and trust me, you will be floored by it.

This is a story of Christine, a 47 year old woman who loses her memory in an accident. Her memory loss is so severe that every morning is a new day where she does not recall events from the past at all, even from the previous day. She wakes up next to a stranger every day and the stranger has to remind her that he is her husband of 22 years. Then there’s a Dr. Nash in the story, a neuropsychologist who Christine is seeing but has to be reminded every day about who he is and what he does. He encourages her to keep a journal so she can recall some of her day to day events.

As the story progresses, Christine discovers that her husband has been keeping secrets from her. He tells her that she lost her memory due to a motor vehicle accident but she finds out otherwise. Why is her husband lying to her or is he? What else could he be hiding from her? She finds a long lost friend who she suspects of having an affair with her husband. So can she trust her with her doubts and fears? Does her amnesia get resolved in the end? What the heck is going on? Those were the questions that made it very hard for me to put this book down. 

Though the book is set in England, it has a very American feel to it. I don’t know if you hear the characters talking as you read books, but I usually imagine them speaking and I could hear the characters of this book speaking with American accents. (Just an irrelevant point I thought I’d make).

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