Published by HarperCollins on February 7th 2012
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers
Also by this author: Second Life: A Novel
Paperback provided by TLC Book Tours
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.
This is a gripping thriller. It will have you guessing until the very end. Before I Go To Sleep is about a woman named Chrissy who can’t remember her life. Go along with Christine and try to figure out who she is, what she does, and who she can trust.
Christine can’t remember anything since having an accident twenty years ago. She wakes up everyday not knowing who the man in the bed next to her is, or how many years have slipped by while she forgot her life. Every night when she sleeps the days events are wiped from her memory. She is told she is married, has been for years, and they are in love. After her husband Ben goes to work, she gets a call from Dr. Nash telling her they have an appointment today. Dr. Nash is trying to help her regain her memory and they are making progress. Meeting Dr. Nash she is given her journal back. In writing daily in her journal, and then re-reading what she wrote, she begins to piece her life together. She can’t tell her husband about meeting with Dr. Nash. One thing she knows is true, she can’t trust Ben.
This book is so well written. We start off with the protagonist who doesn’t know anything. Chrissy is a woman in her forties, she is a blank slate. She doesn’t know if she is being paranoid or gullible. She doesn’t even know if she can trust herself. In meeting with Dr. Nash she is given her journal and the contents of it are most of this book. We learn about her as she learns about herself. The only one she can ask about her past is her husband Ben and he isn’t telling her everything. I felt bad for Ben but then I didn’t trust him right along with Christine.
It would be terrible to forget half of life. To wake up not knowing where I am or how much time I have lost every single day. If I only had a journal to go by that would just be terrible. First of all I had awful handwriting and I am not a good historian. I would learn more about my feelings, which are fickle, then I would about the days events and/or progress into my history. Christine’s journal is much better because she makes progress every day. She may wake up to a blank slate, but in reading her own words she puts things together at a steady rate. Between her own writing and talking to others this story reveals the truth about her life and the people in it. I can’t tell you much more about this, for if I did I would ruin it for you. I love an unreliable protagonist and this book is the very definition of that.