Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The amnesia is what made me read this book. I found it an interesting idea and wondered how the author would portray the main character's experiences. And in all honesty, I think he did a great job.
Some people will say there's some repetition here and there, but I think that's what makes the story even more real, after all, it's how Christine experiences her life.
Was the middle of the story a little boring? Perhaps so, but it didn't keep me from reading. I'm a person who loves to read stories that have a high 'close to reality' factor and it's a rare thing when every single day consists of adrenaline rushes and breath-taking action. However, the middle part of the story wasn't just some random, senseless pages to fill the book. Looking back to everything that happened between the part where I felt the story really began (I think you'll know when you read it), and the revelations at the end, I feel that everything that's written there has importance. If not only for the progress Christine makes.
Before I started reading "Before I go to sleep", I read some reviews and comments about it and some of them said the plot-line was 'obvious' and 'predictable', but I feel like I have to disagree. Throughout the entire story, I felt like there was something bigger going on, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
With anticipation, I continued to read and the more I read, the harder it became to put the book aside. The ending was satisfying, yet, I wouldn't have mind to find out what happens the next day. Either way, it was a really good book and I enjoyed reading it.
I give "Before I Go To Sleep" 3.5/5, but since I have to choose between 3 and 4, I'll go for 4.
In short: "Before I Go To Sleep" is the story of Christine, a woman who suffers from amnesia. Every morning, she wakes up only to find that half her life has passed her by and she can't remember any of it. Time and time again, her husband Ben has to tell her everything that happened up until that moment. But, when you can't remember any of it, who's to say what's real and what's not?
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