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Review: Before I Go to Sleep (SJ Watson)

Title: Before I Go to Sleep
Author: SJ Watson
Genre: Adult mystery 
Pages: 358
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Challenges: Mystery and Suspense
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free for a TLC Tour and I am going to donate it to my school library
Summary (from the back of the book): A terrible accident has robbed Christine of her memories. She cannot remember the past--or even yesterday. Determined to discover who she is, she has begun keeping a journal before she goes to sleep. Before she can forget again. But the truth may be more terrifying--and deadlier--than she bargained for....

Review: Amnesia has always held a certain interest for me, but I am not sure why. About ten years ago a man in my dance group got in a car accident and had total amnesia. It was such an awful experience but I was secretly fascinated. And, it's a mystery so it's all good! This book definitely didn't disappoint because it has all the elements I look for in this genre...
  • A main character that I care about because she is vulnerable. Christine has amnesia where she forgets everything every time she falls asleep (can you imagine?!). I wanted her to start remembering, I wanted someone to take care of her, and I wanted it to turn out okay for her in the end.
  • An element of intrigue or bad guy and boy does this book have it! I can't really talk about this part or it gives away the whole main part of the plot, but trust me, it's good and well done
  • A little bit of scary. Oh yeah, this definitely exists here. One night I even had a totally creepy dream after reading a bit too late. Not so bad that I woke myself up, but in the morning I knew it was book-induced.
  • Questions that you keep asking yourself that get slowly answered throughout the book. I did find myself analyzing and asking questions as I read and I loved it when little bits were revealed to me at a great pace.
  • Speaking of pace, this book was perfectly paced and the ending wasn't too sudden, the climax wasn't too obvious or contrived.
Geography Connection:

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Click to see my updated Google Map. Another book set in England. All is does is make me want to go. Britain is the one other country where I know I would be happy living. Here are books set in London that I've read this year.


Marce said...

I have an interest regarding Amnesia and that kind of thing also. I have seen this book but hadn't read a review, adding to my Wishlist.

Helen, you may enjoy Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer, it was my favourite last year.

Col (Col Reads) said...

Wow, this really sounds fantastic. I love a little scary -- but not gory. Sounds like a great mystery.

Athira said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I'm hoping to spend this weekend reading this. I'm also intensely fascinated by stories such as this!

Rummanah Aasi said...

I'm always looking for a great mystery. This looks really good. After reading your review, I put it on my tbr pile. Thanks!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Marce--Thank you for the book suggestion, I'll go check it out now

Col--Definitely not gory, thank goodness!

Aths--I think you'll like it when you get around to reading it, it really is intriguing

Rummanah--This has that nice combination of mystery and thriller