Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Science it seems has not been able to decipher one of the most baffling mysteries i.e human mind. Our mind is a complex subject with endless possibilities. There are few answers but not all of them come up as satisfactory explanation. Author SJ Watson in his book "Before I Go To Sleep" raises questions once again about human mind. So what holds the book? Let's find out.

'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 only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.

First look at the title and the cover and one cannot comprehend as to what the book wants to tell us. The cover image are few shocked and intense faces so it's not a hunky dory story it seems. The blurb talks about Christine and her anamolies which make her suffer everyday and devours on her helplessness. The blurb has been kept precise so as for the readers to assemble the jumbled pieces. 

The story is set off in London where Christine wakes up everyday with no memories from the past. Her doting husband Ben with his patience and grit stands by his wife to help her overcome Amnesia. But a silent storm brews inside her as with the help of a journal and Dr. Nash Christine sets out to uncover her past and secure her present. So what lays in the past that continues to evade her memories? Who's on her side and who's the enemy? It's all there in the mind but to be found out. 

A pretty old subject of Amnesia has been put forth by the author but the deliverance is a bit different. The questionable and repetitive aspects of the story drives and thrives the plot. The silent chaos and the overpowering helplessness feeds and allures the brightest of the minds. The intrigue and suspense combined produces a gem of a story and the startling revelations keeps the progress aggressive and interesting. 

The only downside of the book it fails to provide an exciting end to the book up to an extent. Few guest appearances in the book feel a little incomplete and out of place and time. 

All in all if you are strong hearted then you can willfully fall into the trap. The book weaves a series of webs from where there is no easy way out. In time it numbs the mind and make you succumb to its harsh realities. It's a daring story with a degree of eerie and the calm which is enough to cause turbulence in many innocent lives. A picture perfect affair. 


4 OUT OF 5

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