Published by Harper on 14th June 2011
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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.
This was a book that has been sat on my shelf for way too long and it was one of the books on my August TBR. I originally picked it up to read when the movie came out which was in 2014, so you can see how overdue this read was. I wasn’t sure what the book was about and only had a vague notion of what was going to happen or the basis. Which I definitely think helped me in this instance so I’m going to try and refrain from talking too much about the plot in detail, as well as the characters I don’t want to give anything away. So if this review isn’t as detailed as others, I apologise.
I will say the premise of Before I Go To Sleep really intrigued me from the word go, as someone who is married, I couldn’t imagine ever waking up every morning and not knowing who my husband was or not remembering our life together. I loved the different viewpoint on amnesia and the way everything entwines together. There is so much that happens in this book, and there is an awful lot of repetition, but that is the beauty of the story in my opinion. I adored the way everything was set up and I never saw the ending coming.
I do think that some of the characters were undeveloped and I would have liked to have some more detail and more life breathed into them. I found them to be a little 2 dimensional. However, I think that Christine manages to pull it all back, I would also make the argument that the other characters are 2d because that is how she sees them, not knowing any of the backstory that surrounds them and their lives together. Before I Go To Sleep has so many twists and turns and they’re only made possible by the characters.
I would definitely recommend Before I Go To Sleep, I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t get enough, and as mentioned above the only reason its not getting 5 stars is I felt the characters were a little lacking.
I know this review isn’t as long as my others, but I didn’t want to give too much of the story away! Have you read Before I Go To Sleep? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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