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The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell

The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell

If you liked the light-hearted, funny yet poignant writing style of David Nicholls’ ‘One Day’, then you are sure to like Farrell’s witty yet emotional journey of ‘The Man Who Forgot His Wife’.

One day, Jack Vaughan suffers a psychogenic fugue; all his personal memories have been wiped, apparently due to ‘stress’. As it turns out, Jack is in the middle of divorcing his wife, a wife he has no knowledge of even having! He sets about trying to work out what went so wrong in his marriage, and blindly wondering if he can salvage his old life.

‘Hang on, you haven’t explained anything… Where are we? Who is that beautiful woman?’
‘That, Vaughan, was the house you lived in for twenty years, and that was Madeline. That was the woman you’re about to divorce.’

This was a very funny and entertaining read. Not ground-breaking by any means, but definitely worth reading on your day off. 
It’s one of those interesting concepts everyone likes to ponder on occasion. What if you did forget your wife, your children and your life completely? What if you met the woman you were in the middle of divorcing only to fall in love all over again?

The story is brutally honest, and doesn’t sugarcoat love and marriage by any means, but it’s engrossing, sometimes laugh-out-loud, and definitely a book I would recommend for someone looking for a ‘holiday read’. 

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Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson

‘I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of collection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?’

Christine wakes up every morning with no recollection of where she is or how she got there. She believes herself to be in her twenties but when she looks in the mirror, she sees a woman in her forties staring back at her. She lives with a man, apparently her husband, although she has no recollection of him either. Every night when she goes to sleep, her memory resets all over again.

From the moment I started reading this book, I absolutely could not put it down. I finished it in a matter of hours, and what an exhilarating read it was too. A psychological thriller at it’s best, to say I’m impressed with SJ Watson’s debut novel would be an understatement. The twists and turns were brilliant, and despite the fact that for the majority of the novel not a lot happens, I found it incredibly fast-paced and raced through the chapters. The fact that Christine, as the narrator, has no idea what is going on or who to trust, makes her a completely unreliable narrator; my favourite kind! This means the reader is equally confused, so the surprises are all the more shocking.

I would recommend this to everyone, it’s such a great read, and definitely lives up to the hype.

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