Before I go to Sleep - SJ Watson


A woman suffers from a type of amnesia so rare that it exists only in novelists' heads. It's known as "Handyfortheplot". Each day she wakes up unable to remember anything about her life, and has to locate and secretly read her lengthy journal before having an adventure and adding another weighty entry before her husband notices. Clearly, Handyfortheplot amnesia doesn't affect one's ability to read, write and process information at lightning speed, although it does remove the victim's powers of prediction, unlike those of the reader. But the real miracle is that it's actually a thought-provoking thriller, breathlessly exciting and carefully constructed, examining the implications of memory on self and life.

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