Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Book Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Still keeping up with my Goodreads challenge to read 12 books by end of 2018, I want to tell you guys now about my latest read: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson. This is a pre-loved book which I bought from a friend of mine at the gym for only Php100. I still have a lot of books I bought from The Big Bad Wolf Books sale earlier this year but I found my interest veering away from my usual chick lits. Not that I don't want chick lits anymore but I guess my reading palate was looking for something different. I think that happens to the best of us book lovers from time to time - wanting for something new than what we usually read. 



How would you feel if every night that you fall asleep, you wake up in the morning not knowing who you are, where you are and what has happened to your life? I would most likely be scared to sleep. Well that's Christine's life.

The Plot (from Goodreads): Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. 

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems. 


This was definitely a different book for me to read because when I'm not reading chick lits, I'm usually finding myself drawn to murder mystery books like Agatha Christie and lately, crime thrillers thanks to James Patterson. Before I Go to Sleep is a psychological thriller. 

On the first few pages of the book, I was already intrigued as to how the whole story would turn out especially after she found her journal where a warning "Don't trust Ben" was written. My eyes widened in surprise when I read those three letter words. I mean, why not trust Ben? This was her husband we are talking about! Why would she not want to trust the man who's been by her side throughout the ordeal? Why would she not trust the man who has to endure explaining every single day to her who she was, where she was, what happened to her and who he was in her life. 

I think that having someone you can trust is a very important thing when you have amnesia. After all, you'll be dependent on this person to tell you about the forgotten pieces of your life. It's a very scary idea - not knowing who you are, who those people around you are and realizing that you lost a huge chunk of your life's memories. So it's even scarier to think that you can't trust the person you're living with to tell you the whole truth about you. 


In terms of how this book ended, I'm honestly not sure what to feel about it. It has a nice ending but I guess I was maybe expecting for more. But then again, perhaps the ending is more realistic. I believe this book took a lot of research just to be made into a story so why should the ending not be as close to reality? 

What I'm surprised with is that the reviews of this book on Goodreads is a mix. I expected it to be a five star book. That's how I rated this book. But there were those who thought it was badly written and that there were a lot of inconsistencies to it. 

A quick look on Google and I found that this book had actually been turned into a Hollywood movie starring Nicole Kidman in 2014. 



Seems like it was a pretty exciting movie to watch to. But I don't think it was shown in the Philippines, was it? I'll have to find myself a copy of this movie so I can watch and see if the movie adaptation really did do this book justice. 

With Before I Go to Sleep now added on to my list of books I've finished reading this 2018, that puts my 2018 Goodreads Challenge to:


Have you read this book before or seen the movie? If you want to buy this book, you can shop for it through Amazon.

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