Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To SleepChristine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.


I first came across Before I Go to Sleep as a pre-release review (for a re-print) on someone’s blog, I’m not sure which one, and immediately added it to my TBR. I then did a search for it on NetGalley and, unfortunately, missed out on an eARC due to geographical location. I really wanted to read it. Really, really, wanted to. We all have those books we come across and want to get our eager mitts on. Before I Go To Sleep was one of mine.

I missed the release of Before I Go To Sleep and it became yet another item on my Chance List. This is the list I have for those TBR books I know I won’t be able to get a copy of any time soon. Life will get in the way and next thing you know it’s been three years… When I’m still waiting to come across it by chance. The chance happened when I began working for my current job, where I’m surrounded by books, and this one happened to be on a shelf.

I bought it, I read the current book I was reading faster, and then began Before I Go To Sleep the next day. Between the time of the hopeful awakening my inner reader experienced when I first spotted the cover and when I read that first line, I was worried. All this time, the great reviews I’d read, the high expectations, and I was worried I was going to dislike the story.

I’m so glad I snapped the book up as soon as I saw it. I’m so glad I didn’t hesitate in reading it. Hype and high expectations be damned! I loved Before I Go To Sleep. I can’t really say much on the plot itself without giving, what I feel, is too much away. Know this though, I had high expectations and they were met. I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to have my lunch break earlier just so I could read! I had to control myself. I don’t have the luxury of Reading Time on a Whim any more, I have to read in allotted time slots. It was so hard not to sneak a few pages here and there.

I don’t care I figured out certain aspects of the plot and I don’t care there were depressing themes throughout. I loved it. I was so wrapped up in the story and am giving some serious thought into a rereading it before the end of the year (I usually wait a few years). Before I Go To Sleep is my new favourite book.

6 thoughts on “Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

  1. I loved this book so much, in my opinion it was better than the more hyped Gone Girl. I didn’t know there was a movie version coming out, I’ll definitely watch it, even if Nicole Kidman can’t really move her face much anymore!


  2. I loved this book so much, in my opinion it’s even better than the much more hyped Gone Girl. So tightly plotted and well written. I didn’t know there was a movie version coming out, I’ll definitely give it a watch even though Nicole Kidman can’t really move her face anymore!


  3. So glad you finally got around to reading this one and that it didn’t let you down when you did. I really enjoyed it and I think the film is due out soon – I don’t often watch the films of books I’ve loved but I’m a little bit tempted on this one.


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