Before I Go to Sleep
Author: S.J. Watson
Call Number: F WATSON
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 3 Stars
Summary: As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...
Memories define us. Sow what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? You name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
Personal Review: Well, I saw the trailers for the film adaptation when it was in theaters; however, it didn't seem to be all to interesting for me to watch. When I learned it was a novel, I decided to go and read it to see whether or not the book would change my mind. I don't think it did...not fully.
I have mixed feelings about this read. Was the overall storyline interesting? Yes; however, although I can suspend my sense of reality when reading books (as one should), this book exceeded the amount of implausible tolerance I had. I will say that it did enough to keep me interested, but there's that other part that was simply analyzing everything too much and saying, "okay, that's so not happening." Plus, I didn't like the fact that I was figuring out what really happened way before it was revealed directly.
So what are the strengths of this book? I can state that the concept was intriguing overall. Additionally, the character of Christine was well developed and allowed me, as a reader, to wonder what it would be/feel like to be in her shoes. I became invested in the character, and that's always important for any book I read. Additionally, the book offers some good twists and turns to keep you reading and empathizing with her as she tries to piece back her life after the accident that caused her to have a form of amnesia that wipes her memory clean each night.
It became interesting to follow her life as she writes in her journal in an attempt to piece her life back together. And when she realizes that there are many pieces that just don't fit together, trying to discover who she really is was a good journey to take.