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Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Recommended by Soon Har in Adult Services

Soon Har’s synopsis:
A 47-year-old woman wakes up each day with no memory of the day before, or any recollection of most of her life. The trauma that led to this profound amnesia, the way she starts to put the pieces of her life back together, and why her life may be in danger make for a thriller that builds slowly,then picks up the pace as Christine’s memories are jogged. The story gains urgency as the puzzle gets clearer and hurtles the reader to its climactic end.

She says:
Watson’s first novel may not be for everyone as it may be frustrating to have a protagonist who has to begin each day reviewing notes she has written about her life. But it is a compelling thriller and it raises interesting questions about how we remember, and what our memories mean to us. The author was inspired by the fascinating life of Henry Molaison, a world-renowned amnesic patient whose condition helped scientists at MIT and elsewhere understand memory impairment.