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Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite
Imagine a world where you woke up every day unable to recognize where you were, who you were with, or even your own face in the mirror. This is the terror facing Christine in S.J. Watson’s “Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel.” Christine’s mind is wiped clean each night when she falls asleep, and every day is a constant struggle to learn her surroundings, her spouse, and herself. Instead of being the light romantic comedy back story from “50 First Dates,” where the female lead is wooed on a continual basis, everyday that Christine wakes up, she finds herself in the middle of her life and she is simply expected to spend her day as if everything were normal.
I find the entire premise that this book is based on to be absolutely terrifying – for anyone who has ever prided themselves on their memory, this situation would be a living nightmare. I would hate to lose my memory of any major event of my life – Christine finds it impossible to remember her own wedding! I also do not like to be surprised by what the face I see while brushing my teeth looks like; it may not be a supermodel’s, but at least I know it is mine. This would be a great story for anyone who loves a suspense thriller. I personally enjoy books that throw me for a loop, and the journey with Christine to uncover her past and reveal her history has twists and turns even the most jaded reader will not expect.