Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson

‘You had an accident,’ he says. ‘A bad accident. You suffered head injuries. You have problems remembering things."

Page 14, Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson

Title: Before I Go To Sleep
Author: S J Watson
ISBN: 978-0062060556
Publisher: Harper/2011
Pages: 368

Before I Go to Sleep is very normal, based in a suburban and is replete with ordinary descriptions. This normality enhances the impact of the novel. The everyday occurrences keep us anticipating.

Chrissie has lost her memory in an "accident", as told by her husband Ben. She can't remember anything other than what happened in the last 24 hours. That is, if she falls asleep, she forgets everything. She does not recognize anyone, not even her husband. Every morning she has to be told, who she is, who Ben is and if they have any children...Every morning is terrifying for her.

Dr Nash, unknown to her husband, is trying to treat her. He encourages her to keep a journal, to write everything she can recall before she fall asleep. It is through her journal that Chrissie can learn about her own past, her own life. Before going to sleep, she tells Dr Nash where she keeps her journal and each morning he reminds her of that.

Chrissie recalls so many important things about her life and writes it all down, unknown to her husband. She also remembers writing a novel, which her husband has kept hidden from her. And there are other facts like her having a son, who is killed in the Iraq war. There is no picture of her with her husband or son and she wants to know why. And she is told they lost it all when there was a fire.

The reader anticipates something is not right. And Chrissie struggles through her haphazard memory to learn more. To be able to recreate her life via her journal..Then she finds something about herself and also her husband. This makes her question everything.

What conspiracies are working against her? Who really is her husband. Is he what he claims? Is he true to her? The story may seem mundane at times but it has that tight feel, that suspense which keeps us totally involved in the novel. It questions us if we can survive a memory loss of any kind. It is a frightening aspect.


fredamans said...

That would really suck.


Anonymous said...

This really has me intrigued... the voice sounds so blunt and to the point.

Here's mine: http://tfwalsh.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/teaser-tuesday-siren/

Obsession with Books said...

An interesting teaser!

My TT for this week is Crimson Moon by J.A Saare, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

Have a nice week..

Novroz said...

aha...what had happened? I want to know more

Karen and Gerard said...

Interesting teaser--I have a hard time remembering some things and I wasn't even in an accident!

Here's our TT: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-teaser-glimpse-and-cow-loves.html

Jenny Q said...

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for stopping by :)

Unknown said...

Very scary to experience .... can't help but wonder about the cause of the accident

CMash said...

Another book added to my ever growing tbr bucket list. The synopsis sounds like a book that I could get lost in. Can't wait to read your review!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Must read, sounds good.


Anonymous said...

This has been on my TBR pile- I love suspense like this! Rae

satins booki said...

thanks for sharing

heres mine


Gigi Ann said...

Oh my, that sounds like a very interesting book. Nice teaser.

Margot said...

I hate it when I forget something so I would not want lots of things I can't remember. Good teaser.

My teaser is here: Quirky Girls Read

Anonymous said...

This book is already on my TBR list...it just sounds so fascinating! Thanks for the teaser!

Here's my teaser for Half a Life by Darin Strauss:


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've got this one on my wish list. Great teaser! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

That would be terrifying. Great tease.

Here's mine: http://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/

jlshall said...

Great teaser! Haven't heard of this one before now, but it's going on my TBR list right away.

Aisle B said...

Hello if you hit your head... memories going to suffer... of COURSE!

You always have interesting thriller / mysteries / life books. Going to note this one down for myself now.

Anonymous said...

Looks a lot like See Jane Run by Joy Fielding, but maybe better :)

Steph: Short and Sweet said...

That's so interesting! I'm already guessing things and I wanna know more :)

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Gautami,

This sounds like an amazing book, one that you can't put down once you have started reading.

It has some fantastic review ratings as well, which can't all be wrong.

I can also relate to some parts of the story, as we have a friend who sustained such heda injuries and susequent memory loss, in a car accident, some years ago.

Thanks for the great review and recommendation, this is definitely one for my reading list.


Cindy Swanson said...

Oh, wow. This is going on my TBR list NOW...sounds fascinating!

Hope you'll stop by my review:

Cindy at Cindy's Book Club

Anonymous said...

Great review! I enjoyed this book a lot, although it was (already) a little too hyped. It's good, but not terribly scary for most if the story.

Portugal said...

This was such a great read! I couldn't put the book down and even more so towards the end. It blew me away! Actually had me on the edge of my seat. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!