Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson

I've decided to start incorporating regular book reviews into my blog - it's something I've wanted to do for a while now, and considering books were my love long before beauty, it makes perfect sense. One of my hopes for this year is to read at least 100 books, so, of course, writing regular reviews will help me to achieve this.

The first book on the agenda? 'Before I Go To Sleep', by S. J. Watson. After becoming completely ensconced in 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn, I discovered that there is a whole other genre out there that I'd really like to explore - thrillers. Therefore, I promptly scouted the Amazon 'people who bought this also bought' section and popped a few more thrillers in my basket - one being 'Before I Go To Sleep'. Now a film with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, I had high hopes for the book.

The book is all about a woman called Christine who wakes up every morning not knowing where she is, after suffering an 'accident' many years ago. She can now only remember things when she's awake, and as soon as she enters a deep sleep, all that information is deleted. If you've seen the film Memento, it's a very similar concept. The story follows as you see her tackle her memory loss, meeting a doctor in secret whilst her husband is at work. Soon, Christine realises something isn't quite right, as she attempts to uncover the truth behind why she is the way she is.

Because of the nature of Christine's memory lost, very early on in the book things start to get repetitive - as each morning Christine follows the same routine of finding out she doesn't remember, learning who she is, etc. etc. I found this quite frustrating in places, and it made the book quite a slow burner for me. It wasn't until towards the very end of the book that things really started to get interesting, and I'll admit I couldn't put the book down towards the end.

In comparison with 'Gone Girl', well, there really is no comparison - 'Gone Girl' is much, much better and keeps the thriller element throughout the whole of the book, something which just seems to lie just below the surface with 'Before I Go To Sleep'. The concept behind the book is great, however, if you don't mind having to go over Christine's routine continuously - I found myself skimming over whole sections of the book (something I NEVER do) because it was all stuff I'd read before.

Overall though, 'Before I Go To Sleep' is worth a read if you're into thrillers/mysteries, just don't expect it to be the same calibre as 'Gone Girl. I'd give it a 3/5.

Have you read 'Before I Go To Sleep'? What did you think? 
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12 comments

  1. I saw the trailer for this and it didn't pull me in at all. I know you say that the end is good but I am not sure I can wait that long when reading it. I might keep this in mind though if I am stuck for something.
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  2. I loved this book - the start could be a tad repetitive but it was necessary for the basis of the story, plus the 'twist' meant it was needed. I haven't seen the film yet but it is on my list :)

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  3. i loved this book, but i am yet to read gone girl! :)

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  4. I fancied the film but want to read the book first. Might have to take the plunge and buy it for my Kindle!
    Sophie
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  5. I'm quite intrigued by the story even if it is repetitive! I'm looking forward to reading more book reviews in the future, I always like to hear other people's recommendations xx

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  6. I loved Gone Girl, you should read Dark Places by the same author (its AMAZING!). Otherwise anything by Nicci French or Cuckoo by Julia Crouch is pretty gripping!

    I really wanted to read this after watching the film (which is pretty good) but havent got round to it!

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  7. I read this on a flight recently - it did pass the time but definitely agree that it's not as good as Gone Girl! x

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  8. I feel like I'm the only person who didn't enjoy Gone Girl! I've been thinking about reading Before I Go to Sleep, but am always put off by the reviews likening it to a book I hated! I think I'll stick to my YA paranormal urban fiction genre instead!
    Beth x

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  9. I haven't read either one of these books, but you've really piqued my interest with 'Gone Girl' and I think I may try reading it. :)

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  10. Great post Hannah! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews :) x

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  11. Oh my gosh, I have recently just finished Gone Girl and incrediby enjoyed it too! Watched the film as well, and of course, the books surpasses is by miles! I'm looking for next book that I want to get back to every time I'm away from it, and now I know I should miss this one out (I find the idea of skipping chapters a bad omen as well!) xxxx

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  12. I was really excited to read this but now I'm slightly worried that it isn't going to be what I expect! I think I'll still give it a whirl anyway, you never know, I may love it! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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