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Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
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Oct 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, librarybook, thriller
Read from October 03 to 05, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Wow. It's been some time since I've read a literal page-turner, but this is it. Aside from a slight slowdown in the middle, this book keeps moving right along.

It's clever in form and it's understated but powerful in premise: a woman with a severe inability to create memories learns about her life anew, every day, until her doctor (or is he?) suggests she keep a journal and then calls every day to tell her to look at it. Only through her journal does she start to piece together her history, her doubts about what she's told about her history, and, finally, the reason for that history. The author captures her panic and bereavement and confusion and fears, all of which provides for a nervous, edgy experience in the reading.

This is a deeply interior book, with not especially a lot of story. And all the better for it. This is going to shift over to our "staff picks" shelf, for sure.
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