Monday, January 23, 2012

Get ready for a memorable thrill ride

A few months ago (or just a few entries down in the blog) I wrote about What Alice Forgot, a romantic comedy of a book about a woman who only truly realizes what she’s lost when she loses her memory. Moving on to perhaps more realistic repercussions of memory loss, we have Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. Christine wakes up every day with no memory of the past few years. Her loyal husband Ben must live with the fact that she considers him a stranger every morning. He tries to give her as much comfort and information as he can before going to work and leaving Christine in her unknown house. She has no record of her past few years, or so she thinks. Soon she gets a call from a man saying he is her psychologist, and to trust him. He tells her she has been keeping a journal and where to find it. When she opens it she sees her handwriting and the words “DON’T TRUST BEN.” And so begins a book about short term memory on the far side of the genre spectrum from romantic comedy—thriller. This was another book I couldn’t put down. Through twists and turns, the reader doesn’t quite know what’s going to happen until it hits you with a big thrilling climax. Another book, like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, that makes you appreciate your health, and the fact that you know you can trust the people in your life. Creepy and fun.

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