Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

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.

 Rating: 3.9/5

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Apocalyptic Novels- My best 5 ……

Hunger Games, 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, World without End…..

As a reader, we are drawn towards apocalyptic stories for many reasons, like constant talks & debate about Global warming or our melting icebergs. The endgame is part of our social consciousness, as it should be. But it’s also a kind of fun to imagine what we’d do when facing nature calamity like World War Z or The Maze Runner. Will we stop and help our fallen friends from Zombie, or just turn around and run over heels???

Here is the list of my favorites Apocalyptic Novels:

The Passage, Justin Cronin

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A top-notch apocalyptic epic set in modern times. The U.S. government creates a drug from bats and injects it into death-row inmates to create super-soldiers, but instead creates virals — Cronin’s realistic reinterpretation of vampires. The first in a trilogy, the novel follows the escape of the virals and the spread of the virus to survivors living in a compound a hundred years later — all with a little girl to save the world. No wonder filmmaker Ridley Scott bought the movie rights before the book hit store shelves.

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson

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Favorite tale of the endgame takes us into Robert Neville’s world, years after a pandemic disease triggered a vampire apocalypse. Living alone in the ruins, it’s a soul-searching thriller of a man scavenging by day and fending off vampires at night. Matheson’s 1954 novel was instrumental in creating the modern apocalyptic genre. An alcoholic Neville slowly claws his way from depression by searching for the root of the disease in order to help the infected — and in so doing becomes a target of the dominant species on the planet: vampires. A tour de force widely panned at its release, I Am Legend sits atop my list of the best apocalyptic novels.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

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The 2007 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, McCarthy’s tale of the endgame really struck me in the gut. Years after an unnamed catastrophe wipes out mankind, the story follows a father and son’s struggle to survive on a scorched planet, fleeing the Appalachian winter for the southern coast. Not only is the environment their enemy, but so are the survivors — horrible, twisted people. It’s impossible not to root for the boy as he and his father search for a single shred of hope in such a terrifying, burnt landscape. The Road is a haunting literary masterpiece.

The Stand, Stephen King

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Originally published in 1978 and re released in 1990, it’s King’s longest book (1,152 pages). The U.S. Army accidentally releases a weaponized version of influenza, wiping out the population. Two groups of survivors are then driven across the devastated United States — one to meet the unforgettable Mother Abigail in Nebraska and another to meet Randall Flagg in Las Vegas (one of King’s all-time baddies), with a hell of an explosion at the end. King at his scary best.

 The Postman, David Brin 

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A superb post-apocalyptic novel where the main character dons a postal uniform and wanders into a town, bringing hope by being mistaken for a sign of the rebuilding USA.

What are your favorite book(s) from the Apocalyptic one’s ?