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: 9781443437691
9780062244543
9781443421263
9781443404068
9780062060556
9781443437929
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,24 cm.

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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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lsmith15
Oct 01, 2017

I finished this book like 5 minutes ago, I loved it. I couldn't put it down, written very well, keeps you super hooked, and I hadn't guessed what would happen at the end until it was happening! There are moments where I could see plot holes, but I think the overall story and writing makes up for it. I really enjoyed reading this.

BostonPL_LauraB Jul 29, 2017

I sped through this psychological thriller and really enjoyed it. It absolutely kept me guessing the entire time and I didn't get tired of being in only Christine's head (who can't remember the previous day) at all. Using severe amnesia as a plot device worked very well and helped to kick up the confusion for the reader a couple of notches.

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elianagandrade
Apr 07, 2017

I watched the movie first and almost quite the idea of reading the book. But when I started I simply couldn't stop it!
The author's description about the feelings of the main character is more than perfect and I kept reading it until the end!
I highly recommend this book if you like mysteries!

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bplstaff
Mar 30, 2017

After the surprise ending, this book makes you want to go back and read it again, to see it from a different perspective! However I do agree with other comments on here, how the bulk of the book gets tedious, with the repetitive action of her day, and never really finding out much more information until the end.

JCLDebbieF Feb 06, 2017

One of my favorite thrillers to recommend to patrons. It was also made into a movie with Nicole Kidman. https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1370895036_before_i_go_to_sleep

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singidunum_25
Dec 29, 2016

This was one excellent read, so make surprise to read it before watching the movie.

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lovesensation24
Aug 08, 2016

Really good read. I couldn't put it down. Well written and thoroughly enjoyed.

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pjn223
Jul 14, 2016

I started reading this book on a flight from here to the east coast. I had a hard time putting it down once I started it. Very suspenseful and enjoyable read.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

One unfortunate consequence of the "amnesiac thriller" is that the narrative can get bogged down in the repetitive quotidian life of the POV protagonist, but this book was really chilling, with quite the twists and turns. I SO want to read the novel that Christine wrote but forgot about!!!

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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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
Sep 26, 2012

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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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