‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.
Before I Go To Sleep is narrated by Christine Lucas. She awakes every morning to find she has no memories past her childhood sometimes her early twenties if she’s lucky. She gets the help of a doctor and starts writing a journal to help her remember things. Fortunately it does help but she begins to discover horrible truths about her life which leads to disastrous consequences.
*WARNING* CONTAINS SPOILERS
I found myself getting slightly frustrated whilst reading this, I was actually tempted to skip to the end quite a few times. It didn’t help that the author Steve kind of gives away the ending. “Don’t trust Ben” I mean WTF! How about adding that to the middle or something?! I love reading suspense/crime/mystery novels for the guess work and you get to come up with your own assumptions.
However, I liked the premise of the book and that the narrator is Christine because it made the book very interesting, especially because she believes what Ben tells her and has to rediscover everything again and again everyday. I did get slightly annoyed when she would doubt her own memories and let Ben and Dr Nash tell her she was making them up. I found all the parts about psychology and neuroscience interesting mainly because I understood what Dr Nash was talking about. At the mention of episodic memory, fMRI, etc I got excited, being a psychology undergrad and all.
I loved the ending! It was the best part, finding out everything that happened and all the action was brilliant; even though I’d guessed as much way before.
So i’ve mentioned this in a post earlier but this “NOT THE END” business at the end of the book. What does this mean? Will there be a sequel? If so do you think Mike is still alive? Also this is being made into a film so I’m excited to watch it when it does eventually come out. I wonder who they’ll pick for Christine. Who would you like to play her?
I’ve rated this book 4/5. If you liked this book you should read Sister by Rosamund Lupton and Room by Emma Donoghue.