Travel Reads: Before I Go to Sleep

If you’re looking for a good book to take with you on your next holiday (or, indeed, to read while curled up on the sofa listening to the rain) then look no further than Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson.

What’s it about?

Christine wakes up every morning not knowing where she is, why she is in a strange bed with a strange man, or why she is at least twenty years older than she should be. After a terrible accident left Christine with a rare form of amnesia, each day is as confusing and scary as the last, but things become terrifying when Christine begins to discover the truth about her accident and the life she is now living.

Why should I read it?

The subject of memory loss is always a fascinating one, so I knew I would like this book as soon as I discovered that it was about a victim of amnesia. Once I began reading, I simply couldn’t put it down. It’s fast paced, and as the reader you’re taken along on Christine’s journey of self-doubt, hope, confusion, triumph and terror. If you like psychological thrillers, this is a must-read for you.

Anything else I should know?

This is the author’s first novel (good start!) so I’m looking forward to seeing what he writes next. I was surprised to discover, after reading the book, that S. J. Watson is a man; the book is written from a woman’s point of view, so I assumed the writer was female. Now I’m just even more impressed…

I’ve heard a film adaptation is in the works, so I’ll be looking out for that in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.

If I like this, what else might I like?


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  • This sounds really interesting! I’m getting back into reading in a big way at the moment and just joined Goodreads, are you on there? Come find me if you are! My username is beckycolley :)

  • Tam says:

    sounds interesting, you talked me into it! i’m always looking for a good new book to read. if you still read young adult fiction, try forgotten by cat patrick, about a girl with amnesia. also, still alice by lisa genova was great, although that’s about a lady with early onset alzheimer’s, not amnesia.

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