Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Before I Go To Sleep

A truly scary concept.  Waking up every day and not remembering yesterday or your life for the past twenty to twenty-five years.  Not remembering growing up, going to school, getting married, the book, movie or music you listened to the day before... terrible!  Devastating!  What would you do with your life?  You wouldn't be able to read a book (one of the biggest horrors imaginable in my world), you could watch the same movie more than twenty times and never know!  And music would be a fleeting and shallow pleasure because you would not be able to put in the time to really appreciate it.  There would be no depth to your life at all.  And you would be alone, because who could you really trust?  
This book is all about trust and the consequences of trusting someone.  I followed the protagonist Christine everywhere she went with the intense interest and care, full to the brim and overflowing with anxiety and suspense about what could possibly happen next.  While the wrapping up was a little too brief and very "storybook ending-ish" I didn't expect it to conclude as it did.  And S. J. Watson has my admiration respect for the way he did it!  Well done!  A super first novel.

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