Have you at any time woke up in the morning or during the day wished you could start the day over again and not recall anything? It may be due to something as simple as the water heater is broken, spilling coffee in your lap on the daily commute, or planning dinner. What if it were truly possible we could wake up the next morning with our minds cleared of all previous events of the past day, days, or even years?
This is the obstacle faced by Christine, the protagonist, in S.J. Watson‘s first novel Before I Go to Sleep. The book opens with Christine waking up in a bedroom. She is unable to recollect what has happened and unable to determine who is the person sleeping beside her. Christine is told by the stranger, who turns out to be her husband Ben, that she has was in an accident and suffers from amnesia. Each day, she is left not knowing what occurred the previous day.
Afterwards, she sees a cell phone in her small bag and notices a Dr. Nash is calling her. Christine begins to regain some of her composure through their conversation where it is suggested she keep a diary of what happens each day. As a result, she will have an artifact to look back on past days in the hopes of recovering from her amnesia. Christine hopes to figure out what triggers these episodes of not remembering. Essentially, will she be able to live her life with purpose or not?
This novel is the product of Watson’s participation in the first Writing a Novel course at Faber Academy. It contains drama, action, suspense, and an emotional thrill ride that can be enjoyed by readers from varied backgrounds and interests in genres. For those who might be interested, Watson’s second novel, Second Life, was recently release and is available at the library.
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Reviewed by Micah, Shively Branch