- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062060563
- ISBN-13: 978-0062060563
- ASIN: 0062060562
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,703 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?
Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.
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Whenever Christine goes to bed at night, she wakes up the next morning with her memory erased and a stranger in her bed. A secret doctor suggests she keep a secret journal of all that happens to her each day. Then, next morning, when she's forgotten everything again, including her secret journal, the secret doctor phones her on his secret Mobil phone and reminds her to read her secret journal.
And up to the point where I gave up, that's it. Chapter after chapter that is all that happens. Go through the day trying to recall her past. Secret meetings with her secret doctor. Her stranger of a husband telling her he loves her. Write in her journal. Go to bed–and forget everything. Next day the same. And the next. And the next… No plot, no mystery, no action, no conflict. What does Christine remember each day? A vague memory of a friend whose name she can't remember; something about a son who died; and to keep the reader's interest, she has bountiful sex fantasies, those she seems to remember in glorious detail.
Sorry, friend. This one wasn't for me.
Content advisory: language, some violence, some sexual content
2) It had a plausible twist I didn't see coming. I'm the one who usually wrecks it for everyone when we're watching a movie at home. "It's the husband." "It's the mother." "It's the dog." ;)
3) So far some glaring error hasn't surfaced as I think back over the story line. However, I am sleep deprived. If something occurs to me, I'll amend this review.
4) As a professional woman born about the same time as the main character, I could relate in many ways to her reactions, and I remember my life! This aging thing is a conundrum for the wisest of us...and that's not me!
So...couldn't put it down, tight plot, relatable, developed characters, unexpected twist. Yes.
I loved the plot of this book! I hadn't read anything with a similar plot before, and thinking about living life that way made me feel sort of claustrophobic. I can't imagine losing all of my memories for a 20 year period, and having to trust everyone around me to fill me in.
Shortly after the book begins, we start to learn that Christine's husband Ben isn't telling her the truth about everything. Why is he lying? Is he doing it for her own good? What is he hiding? Christine asks herself all of these questions, and by the end of the book, she has her answers.
Without spoiling anything, I thought I had this book all figured out and then BAM! a twist I didn't see coming! Maybe I was the only one, but it definitely wasn't what I expected to happen, and I loved it!
I really enjoyed this book. The only thing keeping it from being a five star review for me is the fact that I sometimes had a hard time keeping track of which parts of the book were Christine's journal entries and which parts were actually happening. The writing was the same in both formats, which made it a little tricky when they weren't clearly outlined. That said, I still loved the book and can't believe it was a debut novel from this author.
The writing isn't really very good, though there are a few thoughts I underlined, but the story is a pretty good twisty psychological suspense thriller. The narrator gets rather repetitious, but then so is Her life. It kept me turning the pages.
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