Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson – Book Review | LibroLiv

Rating: ★★★☆☆


9736930As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.


No treasure house of recollection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we if not an accumulation of our memories?

Imagine waking up everyday to discover you’ve forgotten what happened the day before, or the day before that, or the day before that…

When reading the synopsis for Before I Go to Sleep, that thought haunted me; I was unable to shake it off until I read this book. This book raised a lot of questions for me from the offset, and that was really exciting – I couldn’t help but keep turning the pages in dire need of answers.

I practically raced through parts of this book trying to discover the truth.

Other parts? Not so much.

Suffice it to say, this book got pretty repetetive. Obviously, that is expected with such a novel, but still – I found it rather tedious, and found myself eager to skip over some parts just to get to the good stuff. I didn’t, but I definitely wanted to.

That being said, I was endlessly interested in Christine and what was happening to her. I thought Before I Go to Sleep was a really original novel, and unlike anything I’ve come across before now. In my opinion, Christine’s perspective was a really intruiging one to read from, what with her lack of a memory; her mood swings, and subtle changes from each day to the next really kept me invested in this novel.

Likewise, I loved how her homelife appeared perfect – too perfect. How pristine it was put me on edge from the beginning, again intruiging me from the offset.

In short, I loved gradually uncovering the secrets this book had to offer.

On the other hand, I didn’t find this book at all satisfying – many of the questions raised at the beginning were never answered. I know I’m in no trouble of spoiling many things for my readers, because I can only think of one thing I would be able to spoil. However, I – personally – thought that revelation was a long time coming; definitely too predictable for my liking.

Overall, whilst I was excited to read this novel, it wasn’t as great as I had hoped. However, I love reading from an unreliable perspective, so I enjoyed this book all the same, and was kept on edge throughout. Thus, I have awarded this book 3/5 stars.

You can find the book here: Amazon | Goodreads

If you enjoyed _____, you’ll love Before I Go to Sleep!

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