You won’t go to sleep until you finished this book!
Before I Go To Sleep is about Christine Lucas. She wakes up every day thinking that she is a twenty-something-year-old woman. In fact, she is forty-seven. Christine suffers from amnesia. Her memory resets itself every time that she sleeps. The condition started after she survived an attack eighteen years prior.
She does not recognize her husband, Ben. Luckily he is patient, and every morning he explains to her what happened. Every morning she has to go through the same shocking discovery again. One day, after Ben left for his job, Christine receives a call from doctor Nash. He claims that he has been helping her to regain her memories. She can’t remember any of it, but she decides to trust him. Dr. Nash has suggested to Christine that she keeps a diary. The diary becomes a substitute for her memory. It helps her to remember any flashbacks that she had.
As Christine digs into her past, she finds out some shocking events. But why don’t these events add up to the stories that people have been telling her?
Christine Lucas has survived a brutal attack. It has left her with severe brain injuries. At first, her memory only lasted a few seconds. But with time, her memory improved, and she could remember a whole day at a time. Still, it must be so confusing, waking up every morning next to a strange man. And then seeing yourself in the mirror as an older version of yourself. She’s a likable character. I appreciated her persistence in finding out more about herself.
Dr. Nash is pretty much the hero of the story. He gave Christine the journal and told her to write down everything that happens to her. Pretty genius idea. Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder if he only did it for the fame he would get if he managed to cure her.
Ben, Christine’s husband is a nice guy. Sure, he gets his moments of frustration. That is understandable. I also felt sorry for him when he has to break the bad news over and over to Christine. She is lucky to have him. He divorced Christine after her accident, but then he changed his mind and took her back. He cared for her ever since.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Prepare yourself for a major plot twist in the end. Major. Plot. Twist. Before I Go To Sleep gets five stars from me. The novel was easy to read, and it gripped me early on. I couldn’t stop reading, and those are my favorite kinds of books.