Before I go to Sleep

They say some things come in threes,?  Well a recent run of reading began with "The Room" recounting the experience of a woman held captive and giving birth to a son confined within a room for more than seven years, but from the viewpoint of the child (who has known no other).  This held it's own strange fascination and was well told without playing up to any great horror.  It was hopeful and moving in terms of the resilience of humanity.

Perhaps the same could be said for "The Rapture", mentioned briefly in my previous post.  Here we have the spirit of a woman confined to a wheelchair who by the end of the novel is holding on as one of the hopes for the future or humanity in the face of the apocalypse.

So far so chilling perhaps?  But then I completed my reading of "Before I Go to Sleep".  I do not want to spoil the book for anyone and have tried to avoid doing so.  At first I was intirgued by the simple idea of exploring what life is like for someone who wakes up with no memories. Of course that is an oversimplification, but it interested me in much the same way as the narrative of a boy who has only lived in a room with his mother for his entire life.

The events of "Before I Go to Sleep" unfold in a way that at first parallels this, but then one gradually puts together the pieces until a truly horrific scenario emerges.  If you found the scenario of  the movie "Gaslight" chilling when a man plays tricks on a lady to convice her of her own madness, this is far more frightening.  It was great to read how the author had enrolled on a novel writing class and this was the eventual outcome.  It had been well researched and was well executed.  I have to admire the craftsmanship 0- it won several crime writing awards, and I do not usually like crime writing as a genre but this book thoroughly appealed to me.