I've finished reading Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson. It was a good read, not brilliant and tbh I had higher expectations. It started off pretty great, the concept of a woman who loses herself every time she goes to sleep to be told over and over again who she is and where she is etc etc is frightening. Not only did I feel for the protagonist but I felt for the people around her, in particular her husband who has to deal with this over and over again.
Then you slowly start to find out that there are still a lot of things that can't be taken at face value and although it becomes pretty obvious to the reader who can and cannot be trusted, it takes Christine a while to get there but that was fine, because it was interesting to see how she would eventually get there with no past to rely on. The second part of the book fell a little flat for me in places and there were points I was urging the author to get a move on but then it began picking up towards the end of the second part and into the third part.
Now the third part I liked! It was much more keeping with what I consider a thriller to be, breathless and suspenseful. The tension high, the momentum fast all of which - sadly - was just lacking in the first two thirds of the book. But at least it all culminated into a pretty good revelation which I only guessed moments before it happened. I also was glad the ending was left ambiguous although there was a point where I thought it was going to be a bit too pat, but the author pulled out of it at the last second so kudos to her
I guess I couldn't help making a lot of comparisons with the movie Momentum and finding it come up short because that was just so much more edgier and filled with suspense than this book but overall I thought it was a good effort and I really did think the author managed to portray a life like the one Christine goes through realistically and which does make you feel for her. I would give it 3.5/5.