Plot outline: 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.
My Review: I had read a lot of reviews for this book, and in the end, decided to give it a go.
It starts by introducing Christine, and that when she wakes up, she has no memory after an ‘accident’ that happened a while ago. Christine gets a phone call from her therapist who asks her to see him later on that day, and that he would explain about her memory and help fill in the spaces.
Christine’s husband is very protective of Christine, and quite possessive, doesn’t like her to go out, speak to old friends, as is seen from the secret ‘diary’ where she writes about her day, so that she doesn’t forget.
Around the middle to end of the book, Christine makes contact with an old friend, who told Christine about the accident. When Christine told the friend about how her husband was, the way he was being, and his appearance, her friend realised, that her husband was not who he said he was.
This is to me, was pretty much predictable from the beginning. Especially at the end when you find out that the ‘husband’ was actually the guy Christine had been having an affair with, which was what caused the ‘accident’ which left Christine unable to keep new memories. It had a good story line, but I probably wouldn’t read it again.
Recommendation: I wouldn’t read this book again, but would recommend it.
My Rating: 3*
- Genre: Fiction, Mystery
- Publisher: Black Swan
- Approximate Page Number: 384
- ISBN Number: 978-1784160012
- Amazon link: Before I Go To Sleep – Amazon
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