Review: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Hi guys, welcome! Today I am here with my review of Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson.

Before I Go to Sleep By SJ Watson

Published on: April 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5



“As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…”

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.


What did I like about this book?

The first thing I loved about this book was the concept. The concept of this book was very unique. A person who forgets everything when she sleeps and wakes up as an child or a young adult? A really really unique concept.

This book was absolutely addicting. This book didn’t even have one slow moment. The sense of suspense was present throughout. I wouldn’t say it had a lot of twists and turns but it did have a fair amount of them that it never let my inner detective rest, I was always trying to guess what is going to happen next. Sometimes I guessed right but most times it was absolutely wrong.

That end twist…… I never saw that coming. It definitely caught me by surprise and it was absolutely spine chilling. Actually the whole climax scene was just so so chilling. I read the whole scene holding my breath. Every minute of this scene was very terrifying.

What did I not like about this book?

The way Mr Villain was able to get hold of the victim again seemed just so easy. I don’t think it can be that easy in real life. But seriously speaking by the time this mentioned part came, I was way too engrossed in this novel to give this instance more than 1 min of thought. But still I feel that as this was the reason of the commencement of the main plot point, it should have been written in a better way.

A new angle was introduced in the book, it was an explanation type for something that happened to Christine. I didn’t quite like that angle. It was not bad but I think the story would have been better without it.

After the climax scene this novel ended way to quickly, I think a few more pages explaining a little more about the consequences of the climax scene would have been better.

Final Opinion

This book is super addictive novel and you will definitely not be able to put this down. I did have have a few problems (which I mentioned above) but I feel that they were much trivial in respect to the numerous great, thrilling moments this novel provided.

Have you read Before I Go to Sleep? Did you like it?


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