Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson


My book group this morning were universal in their praise for S J Watson’s debut novel ‘Before I Go To Sleep’.

Christine has suffered a head trauma so that every morning when she wakes up she has no idea who she is or who the man sleeping next to her is. Her memory has completely disappeared.

In this tautly written and thoroughly engaging psychological novel the reader becomes as desperate as Christine to unearth the truth behind what happened to her. Like Christine, we are not sure who to trust and it becomes increasingly clear that all is not as it seems.

In a thrilling end, the truth is finally revealed – though it won’t be here as I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment of reading this narrative – and the reader is left wondering what the next morning might bring.

Themes of identity, trust, family and friendship weave into this intricate story so that it is hard to stop reading when real life intervenes. If you’ve seen the film (I haven’t but I’ve seen mixed reviews), I’d say don’t judge a book by its movie!

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