Christine awakes each morning not knowing where she is. She suffered a traumatic brain injury at age 29 and has a strange form of amnesia that erases her current memories every night when she goes to sleep. The age she believes herself to be varies when she awakes, but she always expects herself to be no older than her late 20’s and is shocked to find herself in a middle-aged body.
Her husband Ben cares for her at home, but she discovers each day that she has been seeing a neurologist who believes he can help her and has encouraged her to keep a diary without her husband’s knowledge.
As Christine pieces together her past through keeping and reading her diary, she comes to realize things may not be quite as her husband has told her. But how can she solve the mystery when she has no memory?
Absorbing and thrilling, S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep is an amazing debut novel. It not only pieces together a story inspired by true amnesiacs but also raises the question of how much of who we are depends on our memories. A great read for this summer and any time afterward.
Article first published as Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson on Blogcritics.