First WISH Book Club Choice – Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Book Club, we had a huge interest. Our first book will be SJ Watson’s Before I go to Sleep.  It is currently a Richard & Judy Book Club choice and was also the Channel 4 TV Book Group first read. It was reviewed on their programme last Sunday,view it here at 12 mins into the programme.

It’s had great reviews and is described as a gripping first novel. As it is featured in both those prominent book clubs it is currently available in WHSmith, Tesco’s etc for about half the retail price approx £3.99, also Amazon and £2.70 on Kindle.

I did try and secure us some further group discount but as it’s been so popular nowhere has been able to provide a significant number in one go. So it’s over to you, I know some of you couldn’t wait and have already got the book. For the rest of you, if you can go ahead and source the book and get going.

We plan to hold the Book Club every two months initially and see if that frequency suits most people. We can change if people want to have it more often in the future.
We will meet on the third Wednesday of the month, all the dates are listed here on the brand new (and rather bare at the moment) WISH website www.wisthelens.co.uk.

The first meeting will be Wednesday 21st March to give us all chance to get through the book. We are going to meet at the Micklehead Pub at 7.30pm.
We can discuss what our future reading list will be on the 21st, so if you have any burning recommendations then please bring them along.

About the book

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamilar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamilary, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, which directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities-tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scentes from her former life-and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before th accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory? Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un-believable it seems.

[...] So we have held our first book club meeting and what a success it was. 15 of our members attended to discuss our first book – S.J.Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep. [...]

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