Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and stories of women overcoming adversity will LOVE "Before I Go To Sleep." Christine Lucas is a London housReaders who enjoy psychological thrillers and stories of women overcoming adversity will LOVE "Before I Go To Sleep." Christine Lucas is a London housewife who is afflicted with a rare form of amnesia: Every night when she goes to sleep, the last couple decades' worth of her memory is erased. Each morning when she wakes, she thinks she is a twentysomething college student, only to find that she is middle-aged, married, and living with her husband and caregiver, Ben. She can retain memories of what she learns each day, but every night these short-term memories are erased.
When Chris begins seeing a new doctor, he encourages her to begin keeping a journal to record each day's events, to try and strengthen her memory. As she writes each day in the journal, she struggles to learn more about her own history, her past career, and her loved ones. Soon she discovers that Ben is concealing information from her and lying to her. As Christine moves closer and closer to learning more about the traumatic event that caused her amnesia problems, she discovers she can't trust anyone: who is telling the truth and who wants to hurt her? Ben, Dr. Nash, her best friend from college, Claire? Further complicating her situation is an amnesiac tendency to "confabulate," or make up memories to fill in missing spaces from her life. Readers will find themselves rushing toward the climactic scenes of this novel desperate to learn what is true in Christine's life, and what is a malicious lie.
Even though I guessed the main plot twist well before the end of the book, there were a lot of other facts Christine learned that completely took me by surprise! I listened to the audio version of this book, expertly narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, who manages to make all the characters seem either comforting or sinister, as the plot demands....more
This fascinating and multi-layered look at five childhood friends who grow up keeping a secret together will keep readers hooked until the final revelThis fascinating and multi-layered look at five childhood friends who grow up keeping a secret together will keep readers hooked until the final revelations at the end of the book. This book reminds me of a darker version of the movie "Now and Then" with the atmosphere of "The Ice Storm," another great film about 20th century coming of age. The five friends' experiences are described from their childhood points of view in the late 1970s, and as adults in the present day. Relationships between the main characters' parents are also described, with alternating points of view in the past and presesnt. No character is a cardboard cutout in this book, all have deep and disturbing histories. This book is more literary and less straightforward suspense than Laura Lippman's other books - you'll want to keep reading to find out what happens to the relationships between the characters, not necessarily because the "mystery" is so compelling. I've read several of her stand-alone books, have not gotten to the Tess Monaghan series yet, but so far I love everything Laura Lippman does. ...more
I read this book as background research for my thesis. The authors report the results of a broad study conducted through interviews with young peopleI read this book as background research for my thesis. The authors report the results of a broad study conducted through interviews with young people in cities across the U.S. "Not Quite Adults" looks behind sensationalized news headlines about college students, helicopter parents, and the like to show that young adults' lifestyles, priorities and goals are quite different than how they are portrayed in the media. The authors identify two groups of young adults: the "swimmers," who have a strong family support network, get into name-brand colleges, delay marriage and children, and go on to successful jobs; and "treaders," those who come from less secure family backgrounds and often marry and have children early, delaying education or taking only a few college classes before dropping out. This book convincingly lays out the challenges facing young people in both groups and is a fascinating, obviously well-researched read for anyone who's interested in the economy and our educational system and how they are both affecting the future of young Americans....more
I really, REALLY wanted to like this unique, quirky book but I don't think I can bring myself to finish it. Kit and Fancy are the teen daughters of aI really, REALLY wanted to like this unique, quirky book but I don't think I can bring myself to finish it. Kit and Fancy are the teen daughters of a serial killer which is an interesting premise - I thought it might be similar to the Dexter books - but the execution of the story is so weird, with every word I read I feel like the whole thing is going right over my head. Maybe it's because I haven't read Reeves' first book, Bleeding Violet, which takes place in the same setting. The girls' hometown, Portero, is a spooky, supernatural place containing many doors to other worlds - but it just didn't click for me. Despite my hopes for this book I'll be relieved to stop reading it!! ...more