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Before I Go To Sleep

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From the first this novel is jarring. The first person point of view really rattled my brain for a bit. It was a bit like jumping into a lake in the middle of winter. I wasn’t a huge fan. But soon the first person narrative begins to evolve as you get to know the character. It’s a pretty ingenious move by Watson to jar the reader right into the story. Sets the stage for whats to come. And places you a bit in the character’s own mind.

The basics of the story are a woman has a rare and severe form of amnesia that causes her to lose her memory every time she goes to sleep. She can wake up one morning as a child and the next as an adult. Each morning she has to be reminded of who she is and who her husband is. There are photographs on the mirror and other various signs to keep reminding her throughout the day who and where she is. She soon finds out that she’s been seeing a therapist in secret and has been writing copiously in a journal all of the things she remembers. She finds out that she’s been remembering much more than what people have been telling her. And her memories don’t quite line up with those closest to her, namely her husband.

This book was a roller coaster ride. I loved the thriller aspect of it. The novel kept me up late into the night so I could finish it and find out how the story ended. Some parts are a bit unbelievable but I can forgive those because the basis of the story is so frightening and complex. It’s one of the scariest ideas imaginable, to lose yourself and not be able to find it again. To not be able to trust your own mind. Is what you’re seeing real or have you made it all up? Is a bit like the movie Gaslight with Ingrid Bergman where her husband and his mistress are trying to slowly drive her insane. We instantly believe the things the people closest to us tell us about who we are and what has happened to us but this novel asks the question, should we? Should we believe what are loved ones are telling us or listen to our unreliable selves?

Rating: 4/5 If you like psychological thrillers this is the book for you!

Stay tuned for the next installment of Book Battle 2015. Happy reading!

From Page to Screen

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Next up in Book Battle 2015 is a book that has been turned into a movie. This was such a broad category I wasn’t really sure what to choose. There are so many books that have been turned into movies and television shows. I finally narrowed it down to two different novels and ended up choosing Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. The book jacket said that this is a novel about a woman with a rare form of amnesia. She wakes up every morning not knowing who or where she is. One morning she could be a child and the next she could be an adult in her 20s, when her accident happened. Then she starts to regain memories and doesn’t know who to trust any longer, including her long suffering husband.

To me, this novel encapsulates one of the worst kinds of fears, the fear of losing yourself. Not knowing who you are anymore and not being able to trust your own mind. The movie adaptation stars Colin Firth, a favorite of mine, and Nicole Kidman. In great news, it’s on Netflix. I can’t wait to finish the novel, watch the movie, and then compare the two.

Stay tuned for the review of Before I Go To Sleep. Happy reading!