Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep

Recommended by Maggie Millar

I’d managed to get half way through the book of Before I Go To Sleep before my patience ran out and I flipped to the film.

The premise of the story is that Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) is a retrograde amnesiac who can only remember her day from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed - the act of sleeping effectively erases her brain’s hard drive.

As a result she is completely dependent on her caring and infinitely patient husband (Colin Firth) to guide her in life and remind her of her history and identity, every day.

However, thanks to the intervention of a determined doctor (Mark Strong), Christine slowly but surely starts to assemble little shards of memory and realises her condition did not come about as the result of an “accident” but at the hands of an attacker whose identity she still cannot remember.

The actors perform their roles well, especially Colin Firth, and the conclusion is nailbiting stuff.

Needless to say, there’s no point in me wading though the book now.