Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Before I Go To Sleep

"Seriously," I told my friends at dinner last night, "you have to read this book."

Not because it's of enormous literary value.

But because it kept me guessing until the last twenty pages. It is a brilliant psychological thriller, reminding me of films I'd seen in my twenties like Fatal AttractionJagged Edge.  Sleeping With The Enemy. One of those films where your life is a direct result of the choices you've made, and now you're at the whim of someone you made them for.

Christine is unable to remember anything about her life every single morning that she wakes up. Through the advice of her doctor, she begins a journal in which she can record what has happened that day so that upon rereading it tomorrow she'll be able to have a point of reference.

Imagine the distress in waking and not knowing if you were grown up or still a child. Married. Or, even a mother. She must totally rely on the things her husband, and her doctor, are telling her. And someone is lying. Because the stories and her feelings don't match up; as her memories come back to her bit by bit, she comes closer and closer to discovering the truth.

A nail biting truth with a harrowing edge. One that makes me grateful for my choices, and my memory, upon turning the final page.

(Mad Bibliophile and Bibliophiliac are guilty for getting me to buy this with my own money. ;) Books As Food has a great review, too.)

29 comments:

  1. I NEED to read this book!

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  2. You do! It's SO freaking scary!

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  3. I bought this book last week (downloaded on nook) I need to read it next, been waiting for a review and I like what you wrote dear Meredith :)

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  4. Okay, my friend, I'm finding it very, very spooky that in between walking around Paris with Hem, I was reading this too! Wasn't it good? Not the kind of book I'm usually drawn to, but very suspenseful, so well thought-out and hard to put down.

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  5. I have this one for review, so I scanned the first couple of sentences of your review to know that I have something to look forward to!

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  6. Wow -- sounds fantastic. I am putting this on my RIP list for fall! Thanks, Bellezza.

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  7. This is just what I need....a nail biter, my anxiety level is kinda low right now...LOL

    Seriously, this sounds great and luckily I have a copy.

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  8. Terrific review, Bellezza. This one sounds unbelievably good.

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  9. I'm almost finished with Think of a Number. Next up, Before I Go to Sleep. Can. Not. Wait!!!

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  10. wow this sure sounds intriguing... and could make a good movie too. On another note, I'm still waiting for my "Moveable Feast" to come in from the library (long line-up), so can't join you in reading it this time, but look forward to your review.

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  11. The book sounds fascinating. I just put a hold on it at the library (it isn't due back until July 26) and I plan to clear some time to read it. I have a feeling it's going to be one of those "read in one sitting because I can't find a place to stop" books

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  12. What a coincidence! A copy of Before I Go To Sleep was passed on to me just this weekend :) Will need to go back to the owner once I've read it though. ;) I'm planning to read it right after finishing Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes and I will save your review for later.

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  13. Oh, I love a good psychological thriller! Adding this to my list...

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  14. I totally agree, I really liked this book (my review gets posted today). I thought it was well written, exciting, and kept me guessing

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  15. This book has had LOTS of brilliant reviews. I don't think I've come across a negative one. I'll be looking out for it:)

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  16. Wow! Sounds awesome!

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  17. you seriously have some great taste in books! My amazon wishlist is growing now. :)

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  18. Wonderful review, Bellezza! I am adding this book to my 'TBR' list. I liked very mucy your comment - "One of those films where your life is a direct result of the choices you've made, and now you're at the whim of someone you made them for." It really made me think. I loved your comment - "Mad Bibliophile and Bibliophiliac are guilty for getting me to buy this with my own money" - it made me smile :)

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  19. Sounds like a real nail-biter book. Love a story that keeps you guessing all the way through it.

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  20. ooh this sounds really good. I'm not often scared by a book but would love to be (I think!). One to be added to the wishlist.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on A Moveable Feast tomorrow 0:)

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  21. Okay, I'll add this one to my growing list. Sounds like a great summer read.

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  22. I started this last night and am already on p. 125. I can't put it down. Off to read more. I may stay up all night! :)

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  23. Les, I hope you go to sleep sometime before dawn last night. (And, remembered everything you knew when you woke up!) xoxo

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  24. Exciting! Thanks for the recommendation. I need a new thriller.

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  25. Seriously...I have to read this!!

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  26. I agree with you there. I will tell everyone "You have to read this book!" I told my librarian yesterday and she has reserved the book for her own read! :)

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  27. Queill MarieJanuary 17, 2012

    It sounds like a must-read book. I will check this out. Reading books at night is one of my natural sleep aids.

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