Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I first saw this book at my local bookstore and I was captivated by the description at the back of the book. However I went online to did a research on the review of this book on Amazon and I found lots of negative reviews, hence I dropped the idea of ever picking this book up.
However, I joined a book club and this book was one of the read recommended for August and Goodreads do have quite a number of positive review on it. Hence I decided to give it a try. Gosh, I am so glad I gave this book another chance.
Once I started reading it, I was drew into Christine's life. I could feel her anxiety, her loss of not knowing who she is and what had happened to her.
One third though the book, I had already guessed that Ben was not the man whom she had married because of her memory recap where he had to leave her house after they had sex. Why would her own husband need to leave the house at such late hours?
I knew that he must be the one who had hurt her (as most story would have been which many hints dropped throughout the book) and caused her accident but never did I thought that is was NOT a car accident that had her ended up this way.
I was convinced that her son was dead so the twist at the end where it was revealed that he was alive and well came as a surprise to me.
What had me confused was that why did nobody at the Wharfing House knew that the man (Mike) who picked her up was not the real Ben? If Ben had been visiting her daily before he left, they should know his real look.
Overall I am still happy with the ending of the book where she returned to her family and love ones. The burning of her journal that led her to the truth is actually meaningful as she could forget all about the bad memories between she and Mike and start a new journal where she could recorded all the great memories with her real husband, Ben, and her son. Although it was not mentioned if she could made new memories in future, I hope that she could and her condition would get better.
The book really had been holding on and reading non-stop except for when I had to go to work, lesson and sleep. I even ate my meals with it. That's how mesmerized I was with it.