As you may have noticed, I really enjoy books with unreliable
narrators...and who could be more unreliable than someone with amnesia.
Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life past when
she was in her 20's, and even that is sketchy. She wakes next to
someone she doesn't know, in a room she is unfamiliar with, at an age
that she dosen't remember living to. When she goes into the bathroom,
she finds pictures of herself and the man plastered over the walls.
Her face, when she looks in the mirror, is 20 years older than she
thinks it should be. Every morning her husband has to tell her who she
is, who he is, and why she doesn't remember.
On the day that the book opens she has received a call from someone who says he is her doctor. He picks her up and takes her to a cafe, and gives her back her journal. For the past few weeks, apparently, she has been writing down what she has learned each day. The doctor had called her each day to tell her where the journal was hidden. Yes, she had been hiding it from her husband! Through her journal she learns quite a bit about her life. And all is not as it appears.
I thoroughly enjoyed the pscyhological thriller elements of this story, and how the bits and pieces were revealed. What is a life if you can't remember yesterday, last week, last month? Who are you if you have no past? I rarely stay up late to finish a book, but I couldn't put this one down.
Before I Go to Sleep
Watson, S. J.
2011-06 - Harper
9780062060556 Check Our Catalog
In this gripping psychological thriller in the vein of "Shutter Island" and the film "Memento," an amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
HPL patron: Keeps you on the edge of the couch...a thriller with unexpected twists.
2009-05 - Penguin Books
9780143115625 Check Our Catalog
French presents the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the "New York Times"-bestselling psychological thriller "In the Woods." …More
State of Wonder
2011-06 - Harper
9780062049803 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title
Award-winning "New York Times"-bestselling author Patchett ("Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant") returns with a provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love. …More
Turn of Mind
2011-07 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802119773 Check Our Catalog
A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, "Turn of Mind" is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence. …More
2006-04 - HarperTorch
9780060832834 Check Our Catalog
Blending evocative imagery with psychological complexity, "Oblivion" is a dark, disturbing story of identity and memory from the acclaimed author of "The Tutor" and "The Fan." …More