Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. And every morning that man 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. But it's the phone call from a neurologist named Dr. Nash that directs her to her hidden journal. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her activities and rereading past entries, learning the facts of her life as retold by the husband upon whom she is completely dependent. As the entries accumulate, Christine finds herself asking more and more questions-about what she missed and what Ben might not be telling her...

ISBN: 9781443437929
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,24 cm.


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In suspense, the tension is high but it’s at a slower pace. It keeps the readers on their toes always guessing and turning the pages. The protagonist, or detective, is usually the one being pursued and has some sort of problem themselves they need to deal with.

This mesmerizing, skillfully written debut novel from a British author works on multiple levels. It is both an affecting portrait of the profound impact of a debilitating illness and a pulse-pounding thriller whose outcome no one could predict.

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Jan 14, 2021

Very good debut novel; it will remind readers of other books they have read, but still, a good first book. If you liked "Fifty First Dates" "The Silent Patient" and "Sometimes I Lie", this book will entertain you.

Nov 30, 2020

Awesome book. Highly recommend, good twists and interesting character development. One of my favorite books!

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!

Jan 25, 2020


Jul 27, 2019

Recommended by the authors of "The Wife Between Us"

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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May 22, 2013

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

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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Sep 26, 2012

jvanderg thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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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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