Book Review of Before I Go To Sleep


Before I Go To Sleep - By S J Watson

Release: 2011.
Genre: Thriller.

No. of Pages: 382

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Before I Go To Sleep is a great thriller book and it has a great story that will keep the reader engaged till the end.

We all know that we are what we have in our memories. Can you imagine, what would happen if we lose our memory every time we go to sleep and cannot even recall our name, our age, our identity and the people in our life?

So, this book is all about the similar kind of behavior that the main character in this story has.

The story revolves around three important characters, viz. Christine(the main character), who is amnesiac patient and forgets almost everything after she wakes up in the morning, Ben, Christine’s husband, and Dr. Nash, a neuropsychologist who had heard about Christine through a case study in one of the lectures he had attended, and was counselling Christine’s case. Christine used to forget everything about her past life, every time she went to sleep. She cannot recall about the person who she finds in her bed when she wakes up and she gets shocked when she sees herself in the mirror and finds herself older that what she was thinking of. This is how the story starts. Dr. Nash seems to be helping her to get her memory back as much as possible, but he asks her not to share it with Ben that they are meeting. Dr. Nash also suggests Christine to start writing about her day in a journal so that she could refer it and recall at least what she wrote. Dr. Nash also promises her to remind her every day that she has to write or else she won’t even remember to write unless she finds her journal because she had to hid it from her husband Ben as Nash had suggested her. Then Christine recalls of her best friend, Claire, but she thinks of the reason why they are not in touch now or why even her best friend is not concerned if Christine has forgotten everything and why she not even tries to contact Christine.

So, there are lots of questions like

·       What had happened to Christine, which made her to be amnesiac patient who forgets everything after she goes to sleep?

·       Why is Christine’s best friend not in touch with her or why does she not even tries to contact Christine?

·       Why does Dr. Nash ask her not to tell Ben that they are meeting?

·       Why is Dr. Nash even trying to help Christine or is he just pretending to help?

If you want to know the answers to these questions, then I suggest you to read the book: Before I Go To Sleep. Author has explained each and every questions and that too in a beautiful way.

My Review:

Before I Go To Sleep is definitely a good thriller book which will keep the suspense till end and would make reader engaged and it would not bore you. As far as the writing and story is concerned, I loved the storyline and as it has been mentioned at the end of the book that there could be lot of amnesiac patients who actually go through this kind situation. It could be someone’s real life story as well. It is so realistic and so relatable.

The most beautiful part that I liked about this book is the climax. Author has so beautifully written it that it would keep you nerves looking to find out what actually was the meaning of everything that has been mentioned in the starting of the story in this book. Author has used easy to understand English.

What all things I liked about the book

·                  All characters are beautifully portrayed, and the story has been crafted very well.

·                  Author has used simple English, so it will be easy to understand.

·                  The climax of this story.

What all things I disliked about it

·   The only thing that I disliked about this book was that I felt that in the middle part of this book, few scenes have been mentioned in very precise details, which could have been skipped.

Reason to read it

·    If you like reading thriller books where the suspense is hold until the end, and would make you eager to know about what would happen in the next part, then you should read this book.

Any Reason to skip it

·  Other than the part which I disliked, I wouldn’t say that there is any reason to skip it. Alternatively, if you are someone who does not like to read thriller books, then you may skip it.

My Ratings:

I would like to rate 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review of Before I Go To Sleep Book Review of Before I Go To Sleep Reviewed by Archana Singh on September 23, 2022 Rating: 5

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