A Review: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson
I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of recollection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?
Before I Go To Sleep has officially gained the title of shortest life on the shelf. I purchased it on a trip to Left Bank Books in St. Louis on Sunday. (Is this the cutest little book store I've ever visited? Possibly.) After four days of what was basically non-stop travel, I was looking forward to dedicating Tuesday to reading. And that's exactly what I did.
Christine Lucas wakes up each and everyday to an unfamiliar body lying next to her. When she rushes to the bathroom, she is shocked to find herself aged 20 years, with no memory of the days leading to this one. When she begins secretly meeting Ed Nash, a doctor who believes her memories are trapped on account of trauma, the audience learns small pieces of Christine's life before and after the accident, as she documents the day-to-day in a journal hidden in her closet.
Let me start by saying that this is not going to be your read of the year, and this certainly isn't going to be on any flawless list, but books that were highly entertaining? Yes, it should certainly carve a spot there. After reading reviews from Jackie at Farm Lane Books and Carrie at Nomad Reader, I knew that it wasn't going to be easy to put down.
Sure, there are several inconsistencies, and there are a number of "that sure is convenient" moments, but the premise is interesting. The pace is quick, and I was genuinely surprised with some of the events that managed to emerge. The characters maintained a depth despite the brevity of their appearances. I found that I was constantly changing my judgement of some characters, although I was well aware that Christine was completely unreliable. Overall, it was a very smart and entertaining thriller. I'll be looking forward to more of Watson's work in the future!
Read Before I Go To Sleep? If so, I'd love recommendations of similar reads!