Before I Go to Sleep
A NovelBook - 2011
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...
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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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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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