At our February meeting, we discussed Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. Each morning, Christine wakes up in an unfamiliar bed beside an unfamiliar man. When she goes into the bathroom, the image she sees in the mirror is a much older version of herself. We learn that Christine has amnesia, caused, her husband Ben tells her, by a traffic accident. She receives a phone call, from a man who introduces himself as Dr. Nash, her doctor. As she meets with him, he encourages her to keep a journal, as a tool to help her record and retain memories. She hides this journal from her husband as she discovers that she has written “Don’t trust Ben” in the front of it. The truth is slowly revealed as the story twists and turns to a cliff-hanger of an ending. Although a few of us found it a slow start, by the end we couldn’t put it down. A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read.
And here are some recommended reads available from the Hamilton Public Library. Visit the Bookmobile at Bennetto Recreation Centre on Tuesday (2:30 to 4:00) and Thursday (6:30 to 8:00) or go online at hpl.ca to reserve a copy.
Light Over London by Julia Kelly “There is no limit to what women can do”. The Light Over London tells the story of the women in WWII who were historically known as the “gunner girls” – the women’s auxiliary branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit. It is also the story of a wartime romance that has a darker side. Easy summer read.
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman Sundberg
Seventy-nine-year-old Martha Andersson and her four fellow retirement home friends cannot abide by the rules imposed upon them by their caretakers or the vapidity of their existence so they form The League of Pensioners to order to rebel. They set off on a daring, criminal adventure. A lighthearted but quirky story. Nevertheless, it makes you think about how seniors are regarded & treated.
Have you read any of our recommendations? Liked any of the same books we talked about or disagreed totally? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have been asked whether anyone can join the book club. Our books are supplied by the Hamilton Public Library and come in a bag of 12. This obviously limits us to 12 members at a time. We currently have 12 members, but if you wish to be put on a waiting list, email us at the above address. Alternatively, check out the many book clubs run by the Hamilton Public Library.
Submitted by Kit Darling and the members of the Bay Area Book Club