Book Review – Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Title – Before I Go to Sleep

Author – S.J. Watson

Publisher – Harper

Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

My Rating – 3/5

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Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

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There really are very few ways to review a mystery/thriller book like Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson without giving away spoilers but I’ve tried my best so this review will be spoiler free. For the purpose of keeping this spoiler free, I couldn’t possibly discuss the characters of the book so I have just discussed the plot.

Before I Go to Sleep follows Christine, a woman with a peculiar type of amnesia, where she seems to lose her memories every time she goes to sleep. The book has won tons of awards and is pretty popular and I expected it to completely blow my mind and sweep me away. I expected not to be able to sleep at night without thinking about what I’d just read.

Honestly? All I could think after reading was – “Meh”.

I’ll give the book this – it is a page turner. The suspense surrounding Christine’s past is built up so well and you just absolutely want to and HAVE TO know what will happen next and how the story will end.

However, what let me down ultimately was the ending. I won’t go as far to say as I predicted the ending (which is the case with most such books that I read) but seriously? I couldn’t possibly have guessed the ending because it made no sense. Things seemed to align way too perfectly just to suit the plot, and even then it was unrealistic. All that time I spent waiting for the big plot twist or reveal was just a huge waste of time.

I could say a lot more about Before I Go to Sleep but I don’t think that’s even possible without giving out spoilers. The entire book was pretty unrealistic and really not my thing.

Overall, Before I Go to Sleep gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.

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And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –

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  1. Such a weird plot…
    I saw an article about this man with similar condition and they even mentioned this book. But based on the blurb it seems the main character actually manages to piece together some sort of “memory” from the past, while the article said it would be very hard for anyone suffering from this.

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