Before I Go To Sleep is the intense debut novel by S.J. Watson that is centered around Christine Lucas, an amnesic that cannot form new memories. Several years ago, Christine had an accident that stole her memory from her. Only able to remember people and events from her childhood, Christine wakes up every morning not able to remember who she is or who the man is sleeping beside her. Her husband Ben lovingly explains to her daily, the things she needs to know to get through the day and leaves her written reminders on a chalkboard by the fridge.
Without the knowledge of her husband, Dr. Nash is also helping Christine several times a week. He has encouraged Christine to write in a journal everything that has happened that day and every nugget of memory that comes back to her. Every morning Chris reads the journal to help her remember what’s going on and is slowly rebuilding a bank of memories. However, one day she opens the journal to find three words written in her own hand “Don’t trust Ben.”
From there on, the entire novel had me on edge. I went from “she can trust Ben” to “something funky is going on here, she better not trust him” to “but he loves her, she’s got to trust him!”
The same thing happened with Dr. Nash’s character. “He’s so kind for her helping her.” “What does he want from her?” “Did she have an affair with him?” “Is he her son?”
Yes, my jumbled thoughts may sound confusing, and the novel is confusing…but in a good way. Only a little bit of information is leaked out at a time and as these hints trickle out it changes your whole perspective on each character in the novel. This is a book that must be experienced. It’s a true definition of a page turner and leaves you holding your breath throughout the read until it crashes in a brilliant climax.
Before I Go To Sleep is being adapted to a screenplay by Ridley Scott (Alien, Bladerunner) and possible leads being tossed around are Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie. But PLEASE, don’t wait until it hits the theaters! Grab it now, start it today and be prepared to be blown away! 5/5 stars