Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

ImageMemories 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 only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.

The story is about a woman, Christine, who suffers with amnesia. Her memory can remember things that have happened during the day for the full day until she sleeps, and the next day starts over again.
Christine lives with her husband Ben, who tries to help her remember everyday who she is by leaving small reminders around the house for her.

There is also another man in her life who phones her everyday to help her as well, Dr Nash. He fills in the gaps where her husband hasn’t been able to do so.
Dr Nash insists that she keeps a journal, so she can keep track of what has been happening day to day, to try and help her with her amnesia, which she ends up doing and we see what she has written in the journal.

As the story goes on we find out more about Christine’s life, past and how she feels about the whole situation.
Further on we notice she is starting to remember certain bits of information without her journal from the previous days, her husband starts to act a little strange and starts to question why.

Towards the end of the story, there is a turn around and you start to find out some truths that Christine hasn’t been told off and finds out that her life is in danger.

I feel like I do want to say more with what has been roughly going on in the story but I feel that if I do I may spoil it for some, so I will just leave it at that.
For me I really felt for Christine, towards the end of the book I even started to cry which is something I have never done with the books I have read over the couple of years.

This book is an amazing read and I do encourage people to read it, it is something I didn’t really think I would enjoy and I thoroughly did.

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Book Review: The Poison Diaries: Nightshade

Sometime last year I got the latest “The Poison Diaries” book, NightShade, which I have recently just finished reading (thought I would have read it sooner but I got caught up with the pile of books that I wanted to read).

The story continues about a year or less on from the first Poison Diaries. After Jessamine has woken and found that Weed has disappeared, her father tells her that Weed left her to die because he couldn’t save her. But Jessamine doesn’t trust what her father says and soon finds out some truths that he kept from her.

As the story continues we see a darker Jessamine, using her skills she learnt from her father to help her survive as she leaves her home in search of Weed. Things do not go that easily for her as Oleander is back beside her.
When the story is not focused on Jessamine it is with Weed, who is also searching for Jessamine once he hears she has left her home. He travels to Italy, hearing about a plot to over throw the King, knowing the perfect way to kill the King unknowingly is poison…

The book would narrate from Jessamine to Weed which was a really interesting way of telling you both of their stories, it also kept to the same style it did have in the first book. Although this book is a lot darker than the first I don’t feel it has gone too overboard, honestly, it is the right amount of darkness understandably knowing what Jessamine has gone through, so you will expect something dramatic to happen to her.

This book is just as good as the first, leaving you (once again) at the end with a little cliff hanger…

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Book Review: The Poison Diaries

Most of the books that I have read have been mainly spiritual books. I decided that I was going to try to read a few fiction books to see what they were like and try to find another interest instead of my spirituality.
The first book that I read which made me fall in love with fiction books was The Poison Diaries.

The story is about a young girl called Jessamine Luxton living with her father, telling us all about her days looking after her father’s garden while he is away trying to help ill people get better by using herbs.
They end up being host to a young boy, who has also an interest in herbs and plants, and things starts to get more dangerous for Jessamine as she is drawn to the poisonous plants, but not the way she could have imagined.

I was really excited to read this book as it was based around Alnwick Gardens, which was in the area that I went to school and always loved that area. Plus the main theme of the book was about plants and herbs, which is another interest of mine.
After I had read the first chapter I just fell in love with it and the style of how it was written, somewhat like a diary form.

When I was reading the book it reminded me a lot about myself due to the whole gardening, so I felt closer with the main character and as if I was going through that myself.
As the book got closer to the end it got even more interesting, I liked what they had done with the plants and I had not read anything like that in any other book so I thought that was very intriguing.
As the book ended I felt very disappointed, I believe I screamed when I read the last page as I didn’t want it to just end there, but I am pleased to know there is a second book out (The Poison Diaries – Nightshade), which I can not wait to get a hold of.