… the woman who forgets who she is every time she falls asleep? The debut psychological suspense novel from S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep, follows the story of Christine, who wakes up in the morning to discover that she has no idea who or where she is. She does not recognize the man who is apparently her husband. She does not know how old she is. She has no memory of her past. But then she learns that this is a typical occurrence – she forgets her identity every morning when she wakes up, only to remember bits and pieces throughout the day and then forget everything as soon as she falls asleep. But despite her crippling amnesia, Christine has the feeling that her husband, Ben, may only be telling her part of the truth.
This book was one that I had been meaning to read for ages, ever since I discovered the magic that is psychological suspense, and thankfully it delivered exactly what I expected: a psychological condition mixed with varying degrees of paranoia, confusion, unease, and suspicion.
The story has a more measured pace than some of the other novels I’ve read recently, but fear not: everything comes together with tremendous force and a huge plot twist towards the end. I won’t give away any spoilers, but once that twist happened, I felt like the story transformed into an 80 mph roller coaster with me hanging on for dear life.
My reviews and reading preferences are often too dark and macabre for the average reader, but if you enjoy suspenseful, well-crafted mysteries without grittiness or violence, you can’t go wrong with this title. My only regret was that I waited this long to read it!
Reviewed by Katie (staff)