Monday, July 25, 2011
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
I'm sure everyone has read about this one by now. The basic premise is that the main character, Christine, wakes up every day and can't remember who she is. She doesn't recognize her husband, Ben, or even know how old she is. Each day she gets a phone call from a Dr. Nash who directs her to a diary she is keeping of each day to help jog her memories.
Watson slowly builds the tension as Christine's story is revealed in small steps. As a reader, I became so involved with Christine that I couldn't help but to identify with her. As parts of her story started to become inconsistent, you start to realize that everything is not what you believed. There is a tremendous tension in the story as it starts to unravel. It is heightened by the fact that Christine can't clarify anything for us, as readers. So, in a sense, we are memory-impaired with her.
Ben is an intriguing character. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll simply say that I'm not sure I completely understood his motivations.
Overall, this was a fun read, and I highly recommend it. I'm giving it 4 1/2 stars. It's starting to sound like I love everything I read. That's not quite so, but I've had a string of good luck with books lately. If you've read it, I'd love to know what you think!