#ThrowbackThursday Before I Go To Sleep by @SJ_Watson ‏

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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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.

After some years reading mostly YA (thank you Hunger Games) and chick-lit (hello Sophie Kinsella), this was the book that made me fall in love with the “suspense” genre all over again. I was tired of reading Mary Higgins Clark, you see. I needed something more exciting. And Before I Go To Sleep was the book that made me go look for more similar novels.

I remember loving the concept and finding the book so fascinating that I spent the whole afternoon devouring its pages. And yeah, had I read it now, I might not have loved it so much, but it was one of those stories that I read just at the right moment. I thought it was smart and unique, although now there seems to be too many similar books out there.

I remember a particular scene, I believe it was a phone call, there was a jaw-dropping moment where I actually gasped. And sure, there were some things that I didn’t like that much but the general feeling was overwhelmingly positive. I haven’t read another book by the author, though (and I’ve just realized it’s a man, why did I assume this was written by a woman?).

Anyway, Before I Go To Sleep was a really great read and a fine psychological thriller for those who haven’t read many “memory-loss” books yet.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

30 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday Before I Go To Sleep by @SJ_Watson ‏

      1. This is as she discovers a man laying next to her in a bedroom she doesn’t know.
        I need to use the bathroom. I ignore the slippers at my feet – after all, f***ing the husband is one thing, but I could never wear another woman’s shoes.
        Love it priceless line xxx

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  1. It does sound similar to a lot of other books I’ve read, but I just added it to my TBR. I think Gone Girl was the book that made me really want to start reading suspense/mystery (it was also just when I was really getting into reading again) and I remember thinking it was the best thing ever, but if I read it now I would probably find it pretty predictable and similar to a lot of other books.

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  2. I loved this one too, but I agree – I might not love it so much now after reading so many similar ones. But it was very original at the time – a real breath of fresh air.

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