4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well Crafted and Very Original,
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Paperback)
The reader quickly starts to understand and appreciate Christine's emotions. She wakes up each morning in a strange room alongside a man she does not recognise, and suffers the shock of looking in the mirror and seeing a woman aged 20 years older than herself looking back at her. Her bewilderment and fear is apparent and very well portrayed.
Although this is well written, at the halfway stage I felt the book was harrowing, but I was not really enjoying it. However, then things really start to get interesting as Christine's sense of self awareness increases page by page and one gets the sense that all is not quite right.
This is an unusual plot, but the medical condition is real enough although very rare. The only other time I recall seeing it portrayed was in 50 First Dates [DVD] . However, that is a comedy very far removed from the tone of this book. I think Christine's confused reactions each morning are very realistic and are about a million miles from Drew Barrymore's who watches a quick video and then goes out to meet her family, who she does not recognise, with a smile on her face each day.
So to summarise, this is a very promising first novel and extremely well crafted with a very unusual plot.