Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062060556
0062060554
Call Number: FICTION WATSON 2011
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 24 cm

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Forty-seven-year-old Christine Lucas awakes every morning believing she is still in her twenties and single. This is both a study of debilitating memory loss and a pulse-pounding thriller.

Christine wakes up everyday not knowing where she is or who she is. Until she reads her journal. And while she is finding herself, she must slowly find out what really happened to her and what her future holds. An intriguing story that will keep pulling you in as Christine's story is revealed.

A fast-paced psychological thriller that explores Christine's life as an amnesiac -- every morning, she wakes up with no memory of the past 20 years -- and her fear and loss of control.

Christine wakes up everyday not knowing where she is or who she is. Until she reads her journal. And while she is finding herself, she must slowly find out what really happened to her and what her future holds. An intriguing story that will keep pulling you in as Christine's story is slowly revea... Read More »

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multcolib_susannel May 09, 2016

A woman who has lost her short term memory and wakes up every morning scared because she doesn't recognize the man in bed with her. Not to worry, it's her husband. Or is it?


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jenniferkuntz
May 10, 2020

Just the right level of nerve wracking tension, with a quick pace and enough twists for you to stay glued to the page!

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therapymutt
Jan 25, 2020

GREAT SURPRISE ENDING

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DBurds51
Jul 27, 2019

Recommended by the authors of "The Wife Between Us"

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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

More ridiculous coincidences and plot holes than the average "Die Hard" movie - without the over-the-top fun. I knew the "surprising" ending a quarter of the way through the book. The best I can say is that it was readable enough for me to finish it.

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ksdsouza27
Jul 12, 2019

I read this book based on a recommendation from one of the library staff. It was exactly what I was looking for. If you like books similar to those written by Gillian Flynn or Liane Moriarty, give this one a try.

If you've never read either of the authors mentioned above, this book is a great psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Definitely give it a try!

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RitaLCarp
Feb 11, 2019

Read this book off the library recommendations list. Very pleased with the plot premise (though repetitive at times). Have recommended to a friend who is a mystery buff. I loved the ending. Left the reader to decide if they wanted a happy happy ending or the beginning of a happy ending.

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

The premise of this book sounded interesting and it was.

As we start going further and further along during the week and Christine slowly pieces together what happened the night that lead to her amnesia. Every day she wakes up with no memory of her adult life, but as time goes along with each journal entry, she is able to automatically recall some memories without being prompted. The more Christine finds out (about her coma, her long term stay at a mental hospital, later her stay at Warring House), the more she is unsure the memories that she thinks she uncovers. What she finds is there are inconsistencies with what Ben has told her and what she remembers, like Adam (their baby), Claire (her BFF) leaving, the burning of their former house, etc.

It was an interesting read for sure. The closer we got to the climax the more intense and obsessed I got. Although part way through the book I was getting a little bored with the repetition, but I guess that can't be helped given that she is suppose to be amnesic.

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Leeannsmyth
Aug 02, 2018

The idea is really interesting and I wanted to like it more, but it became so repetitive (understandably given the premise, but it's not much fun to read the same thing over and over), that by the end of the book when the writing seemed to get rushed, I was grateful. Maybe the author was getting tired of things too? For me, it was just OK.

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hrogness
Jul 15, 2018

Such an unusual concept. the first chapter is captivating as it reveals the premise

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abcDena
Dec 27, 2017

Holy Helen. Reading that twice should be an official form of punishment around the world. SUB-ZERO stars. Is S.J. Watson still "writing"? Because he or she should stop. Stop and take up knitting.

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Pisinga
May 22, 2013

“What are we, if not an accumulation of memories?”

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Andreinac13
Aug 28, 2012

There were never going to be any happy endings for me. I know that now. But that is all right.

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jvanderg
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lonewolf8
Jun 27, 2015

Christine has a rare type of amnesia. She can function throughout the day making short-term memories perfectly fine, but at night when she goes to sleep, each day vanishes. She cannot convert her short term memories into long term memories. As she begins keeping a journal at the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine slowly starts to untangle a web of truth, and deceit, but remains unsure what or whom to trust

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