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.
S J Wilson debut novel Before I Go To Sleep has gained much attention while its release in 2011, so popular that its film rights has been snatched up by Ridley Scott due release in late 2014. A taut psychological thriller, Before I Go To Sleep narrates a story of Christine Lucas, who each morning looks in the mirror to find her face aged by time she can’t recall passing, while a strange man, who claims to be her loving husband, Ben, patiently explains she experienced a traumatic brain injury nearly two decades ago and as a result suffers a rare type of amnesia obliterating much of her past and able to accumulate memories only for as long as she remains awake. As each day wears on, Christine struggles to understand what has happened to her, until, each day, Dr Nash calls and reminds her to read her journal, secreted in a shoebox in her wardrobe. A journal where underneath her name, on the very first page, she has written ‘DON’T TRUST BEN’. Thus begins Christine journey to find out the truth about herself and her past.
Before I got to Sleep, is a mesmerizing page-turner, the kind of book which keeps the reader up all well. One wonders, who is Christine really? What causes her amnesia? And who is Ben, the only man in her life upon whom she is totally dependent. Can she trust her intuition? The novel’s premise required that the reader occasionally know more than Christine knows as she seeks answer to these questions by herself and Watson has done good job of injecting the necessary information while at the same time maintaining the suspense for readers.