Author:S J Watson
Period:February 7th~12th
Pages:384 pages 

Mystery-packed-degree: ★★★★★
Total recommends:★★★★★

“We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.”

2012第一本英文小說,非常愉快毫無挫折的閱讀過程。一開卷便欲罷不能。對於女主角Christine Lucas 而言每天都是嶄新的一天。睡眠中她的記憶經驗,就像流沙被風吹逝抹去一般,完全無法堆疊累積。每天早晨當Christine醒來,她就又帶著緊張不安的情緒不斷重複詢問著枕邊人Ben:「你是誰?我是誰?我在哪裡?我怎麼了?」

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . .
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.

作者S J Watson 在NHS工作多年,2009年才開始在Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' 的課程接受正規的寫作訓練。 Before I Go to Sleep 是他的第一本代表作,是位出道非常晚的作家。

對我來說,令人興奮的閱讀過程重點不完全是「到底誰是騙子壞人」。而是,透過小說才重新發現「原來記憶所代表的是我們自身全部」Memories define us. 

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