Before I Go To Sleep
“We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.”
How would you feel if you went to sleep every night and your mind erased all your memories from the last 20 years? Everything forgotten in just a night's sleep. No recollection of your husband, your family, your friends, your identity... Scary, right? This is what Christine has to deal with every day in S.J. Watson's novel "Before I go to sleep". Waking up every morning next to a man who claims to be her husband, she has to reacquaint herself with him, her surroundings, her own self. We get to experience her frustration when she finds out that she is 47 years old instead of 27 and surprise when her psychologist, Dr. Nash, calls to remind her of her journal. When she starts reading the journal entries, the story unfolds and the plot thickens.
Why is Ben (her husband) not to be trusted? Why is Dr.Nash not telling her the whole truth about her past? What kind of accident caused her anterograde amnesia? Why are her flashbacks inconsistent with what she's being told? If you want to read a nerve-racking, nail biting psychological thriller you've just found your next favorite book. Additional info: Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are the lead actors in the movie adaptation and they are on location as I'm writing this!
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