Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson

Try to imagine. If you wake up in the morning, you don’t remember who you are, where you are and who the man is next to you in bed. And not only this morning but every morning. How would that change your life? In the debut novel of S.J. Watson this is exactly what happens to Christine. And what are you when you have no memories at all? As Christine says somewhere in the book, “What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”. She tries to remember things by writing them in a book. She sees a therapist who tries to help her and of course her husband, Ben, is there to tell her about her past.

My advice, only start reading this book when you’re sure you’ve got the time to keep reading until you finish. Because when you start reading you simply won’t stop. The story jumps right into it from the beginning. The narrative is driven forward by the mystery that shrouds Christine’s life. You’re drawn into a taut emotional thriller that keeps you guessing from page to page. Yes, this is a truly gripping page-turner. Four stars. Read it!

S.J. Watson has got his own website. Up until now it only consists of two parts, one part about the author and the second part about this book. Let’s hope he’ll need a third part very soon for his next book. You can find a review in The Guardian and in The Independent. And writer-director Rowan Joffe is set to adapt Steve Watson’s debut novel, the movie is in development.


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