Boozy Frosé (Before I Go To Sleep)
I only recommend books that I love and genuinely think (most) people will enjoy. My copy of Before I Go To Sleep no longer has its dust jacket because I’ve passed this novel around my circle of friends and family since first reading it in 2014. Yes, it's that good! And if you’re wondering why I’m just writing about it now, it’s because the book has finally fallen back into my hands after one of my friends borrowed it from out of state.
Before I Go To Sleep was published in 2011 by S.J. Watson. It was a bestseller that has since been adapted for the big screen. This novel is a psychological thriller in the truest sense. In layman's terms, it's a total mind f**ck. If you keep a must-buy-book-list, add this to it now. What starts as a seemingly “typical” thriller progresses into a deliciously dark, page-turning mystery. There are so many revelations and twists, I doubt even the most fidgety person could be bored while reading this book.
What's the Plot?
In short: It follows a middle-aged woman, Christine Lucas, who suffers from anterograde amnesia. Every morning she wakes up with no knowledge of who or where she is. With the help of her doctor and the aid of a journal, Christine learns she is married and has a son. Yet the longer she keeps her journal, the more things don’t seem to add up, and she desperately searches for who she really is.
I stop and say, “Look, what’s going on? I woke up this morning in a place I’ve never seen but that’s apparently my home, lying next to a man I've never met who tells me I’ve been married to him for years. And you seem to know more about me than I know about myself.”
He nods slowly. “You have amnesia,” he says, putting his hand on my arm… somehow it seems worse, coming from him. A doctor.
-S.J. Watson (Before I Go To Sleep)
Scary or Nay?
I should really only do a scare rating for horror books, but I like consistency and a lot of these darker thrillers are scary in there own way. I can't imagine anything more terrifying than waking up everyday not knowing where I am, who I am, or who my husband is.
Whatcha Drinkin'? This is the perfect summer read to keep you entertained at the beach or on vacation. Therefore, I’m pairing it with the ultimate summer drink, Boozy Frosé (aka a rosé wine slushie with a splash of vodka). It has been my goal to make one of these slushies since first spotting one on Instagram a few months ago. Now they seem to be everywhere: restaurants, bars, magazines. But nothing can beat making your own.
In this recipe, I chose to blend the rosé with frozen fruit to sweeten the drink naturally without dumping in a bunch of processed sugar. Another great thing about this cocktail is its versatility. Feel free to experiment with various fruit combinations and, maybe, even add in some liqueur. I know I will be! I can guarantee this will not be the last you see of the Frosé.
Yield: 4 servings
Total time: 5 minutes
What You Need:
3 cups frozen peaches chopped
1 ½ cups frozen strawberries halved (extra for garnish)
¼ cup frozen raspberries (extra for garnish)
3 tbsp. of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1, 750 ml bottle of rosé
2 shots of vodka
What You Do:
Place frozen fruit and lemon juice in a blender. Top with rosé and vodka.
Blend on high until smooth.
Pour mixture into wine glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with strawberries and raspberries if desired.
As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …
-S.J. Watson (Before I Go To Sleep)