I recently blogged about The Paris Wife which is an historical novel telling the story of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley, his first (of five, but who is counting?) wives. It fictionalizes Hemingway’s early years as a writer, his move to Paris, falling in love with bull fighting and trying to become a published author. There are appearances by the amazing denizens of Paris including Gertrude Stein, the Fitzgeralds and the Murphys. I cam to admire and like Hadley very much. This was Paula McLain’s first book but reads like that of a more experienced writer.
Before I Go to Sleep was written before the surge of novels like Gone, Girl and The Girl on the Train. As you see, it does not have the word “girl” in its title. Nonetheless, it is a good and suspenseful read of that genre. The novel is about a woman who has suffered a memory loss. She keeps a journal with what she recalls each day as per her doctor. Who should she trust? What should she do? It is a thrilling read. This was made into a movie with Nicole Kidman although I have not see it.
At first I thought that these books had nothing in common but actually they do. They are about marriages; how and can they work, who is trustworthy and how does one make it through. Hope you put one or both of these on your TBR pile.