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Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

Published by The Text Publishing Company

Available for $15.95 via Booktopia


Can you imagine what it must be like to wake up every morning and not know where you are, who you are, and who the strange man in your bed is? This is the dilemma that faces Christine every day. She sees a middle-aged woman looking back at her in the mirror and the strange man in her bed patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband and she is 47 years old, and unable to form memories due to an accident long ago.

After her husband heads off to work, leaving her a whiteboard in the kitchen with reminders and suggestions of what to do and where everything is, the phone rings and Dr Nash, a neurologist, who claims to be treating her without Ben’s knowledge, reminds her to look in her closet for a journal which he has advised Christine to keep writing in on a daily basis, what she is thinking and feeling. However, as the pages accumulate, inconsistencies begin to emerge. As Christine slowly gathers together the missing pieces of memory she draws closer to the truth, and the more terrifying and deadly it is.

This story gives good insight into how amnesia is dealt with and Christine is suffering from a severe impairment of episodic memory which means when she awakens each morning she has no recollection of what occurred the day before. The hope is as time passes her memory will gradually come back – but there are no guarantees.

This novel is a fascinating look at the neurological and psychological aspects of different types of amnesia and is hard to put down.

In 2008, S.J.Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy “Writing a Novel” Course, a program that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep was the result and was immediately snapped up by a top UK literary agent.

If you are looking for a good psychological thriller which is well written and thought provoking then this is the book for you.

Available for $15.95 via Booktopia


Do you enjoy thrillers? Would you read this book? Tell us below.

Laraine Fisher

Retired from Monash University, Faculty of Medicine as Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager and assisted the Dean with Policy documentation (2006). Went back to work part-time in 2008 for Michael Hill Jewellery as an Office Assistant for 3 years and then finished up to work with my husband part-time for a Labour Hire company as an Admin Assistant. Qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 1999 and worked as a counsellor for 12 months before being offered a full-time position at the Faculty of Medicine. Prefer reading : Murder/mystery thrillers with a psychological twist. Also enjoy novels well researched and based on history. My favourite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Gillian Flynn, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Lynda Le Plante, David Baldacci and Jodi Picoult.

  1. Better read the book, because I think the film will be crap if it’s got Nicole Kidman in it
    I’m sorry but she is one dreadful actress

  2. I saw the pic & it was okay, it took you on a mind journey of twists & turns & had you confused. Nicole was not too bad at all.

  3. Love thrillers and mysteries many other interesting stories too
    a lot can be learned from things hear and see,share and do
    Sherlock Holmes,Miss Marples and Piriot love to watch it is true
    Agatha Christie and more modern dramas ,Investigations following a clue
    makes me more aware and observant in my life as I grow
    never to old to be curious is my view I know

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