Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Watson, S. J.

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Before I Go to Sleep
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062060554
Characteristics: 360 p.;,24 cm.


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Feb 14, 2015
  • JSSebastian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An intriguing story idea, and certainly well written, I ultimate finished the book without really caring about any of the characters or being that impressed with the plot device.

A real page turner! Loved this book.

The plot of this novel was quite interesting, but after a while it became repetitive. I kept reading it with the expectation of something different happening, but it was the same boring repeat of yesterday.."Christine wakes up with no memory of yesterday..." Couldn't quite get my head wrapped around this one.

Excellent. As an amnesia sufferer, I could relate to her pain all the more, but the descriptions were so real that didn't matter. A great read with a lot of twists.

Aug 30, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don’t even begin this thriller until you’ve cleared your schedule and had a large, sustaining meal… Oh the hunger pains I suffered in obsessive pursuit of the next clue to Christine’s past. An amnesiac, Christine is incapable of creating new memories. Each morning, she wakes up unable to recognize even her own body. Each morning, the man in her bed explains that he is her husband, Ben. And each morning, a stranger phones to tell her that she’s been keeping a secret journal—one in which she has written bold, “Don’t trust Ben.”

A good book....if you liked this one...read Chevy Stevens books

Jul 05, 2014
  • wyleigh20 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting read. Good plot twist and very suspenseful. A bit repetitive but that is to be expected. Looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out.

Absolutely fabulous book. Highly recommend. Interesting that the writer is a male. The female perspective was very well done.

Jun 01, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this suspense novel. The premise was quite terrifying--Christine wakes up everyday not remembering the past 20 years of her life. I like the way the author built the tension in the book. You never seem to get a deep connection to any of the characters, because the main character does not and cannot build one. Excellent ending which befits all good suspense novels.

May 12, 2014
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel was one I could barely put down. Christine wakes up in the morning to a bedroom she is not familiar with, beside a man she does not recognize, a man with a wedding ring on his finger. When she goes to the bathroom, she finds that she is twenty years older than she expects to be, and the photos taped around her mirror tell her that the man in bed with her is her husband, whose name is Ben.
When she returns to the bedroom and asks questions, she is told there was an accident, when she was twenty-nine and she is now forty-seven. Later that day, a Dr. Nash phones her and says that he has been working with her without Ben's knowledge in hopes of making some progress with her memory. He gives her a blank notebook and encourages her to begin keeping a journal to see if she remembers different things and to see what things might trigger her memory.
As she begins to have different memories, she finds that Ben has been lying to her. But is he lying to make things easier, so he doesn't have to explain things that will upset her over and over again. So that he doesn't have to talk about the things that upset him. Or is there something more sinister to his behaviour?
This book had me, wanting to know what Christine discovered next, what new things she learned about her life. But the twist at the end took my by surprise, and yet seemed inevitable at the same time.
A great psychological thriller with a plot that is original and gripping

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May 22, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“What are we, if not an accumulation of memories?”

Dec 17, 2012
  • Andreinac13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There were never going to be any happy endings for me. I know that now. But that is all right.


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Sep 26, 2012
  • jvanderg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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