What are the best fiction books about amnesia?

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    #1Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller novel by S.J. Watson. It tells the story of Christine, an amnesiac whose brain resets every time she goes to sleep, as she tries to discover the truth about her past life.


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    Sanvi Patel
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Before I Go to Sleep follows a woman named Christine, who wakes up every morning without that majority of her adult memories. She doesn't remember that she's married, and every morning when she wakes up, her husband has to explain who he is and why she can't remember him. I loved the plot of this book! I hadn't read anything with a similar plot before, and thinking about living life that way made me feel sort of claustrophobic. I can't imagine losing all of my memories for a 20 year period, and having to trust everyone around me to fill me in. Shortly after the book begins, we start to learn that Christine's husband Ben isn't telling her the truth about everything. Why is he lying? Is he doing it for her own good? What is he hiding? Christine asks herself all of these questions, and by the end of the book, she has her answers. Without spoiling anything, I thought I had this book all figured out and then BAM! a twist I didn't see coming! Maybe I was the only one, but it definitely wasn't what I expected to happen, and I loved it!"
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    #2The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Son of Neptune, the second book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on a dazed Percy Jackson who remembers nothing of his past, a revived Hazel Levesque, and a clumsy Frank Zhang. 

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    Martha Contreras
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "If you're looking for books that include characters with amnesia, this is a decent book. However, to fully understand the main character, Percy, who is the afflicted one you should read the first book in this series. After that, you will enjoy this book as Percy struggles to remember who he is and his purpose. There are probable more books out there that are better for this query, however this is a great option for young adult readers. "
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    #3Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.

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    Amanda Boyd
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is not a good book about amnesia. This book is about a lower intelligent man getting surgery to become more intelligent. He does regress but he not in a way I would call amnesia."
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    #4The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Harold Kennedy
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great book that I have read several times. I love it as it is engaging and has a great story arc covering a lot of very rare themes. It has great scenery, character development and is utterly gripping. Pick it up today."
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    #5The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Bobby Tucker
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book has an interesting style, it's written in the form of journals from a high school boy. It's about psychological issues and drama. I don't like the first person perspective going on though."
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    #6The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity is a mystery suspense thriller book written by Robert Ludlum. It is about a Jason Bourne who woke up on an island without any memory and first published in 1980. 


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    Vincent Bailey
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This fiction book is very scary, situations and characters in this book are very unique and the book is written in a very detailed style, and you can imagine all the situations like they are happening if front of your eyes. For me reading this book has been so exciting and I am sure that it will be the same for most of the readers."
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    #7The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 


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    José Alfredo Mercado
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I loved this book. Been a huge fan of maze runner since I discovered the series. This is the book that started it all. Such vivid detail and great descriptions. This book really made me interested in the phenomena of amnesia. I highly reccomended this book to many already and my opinion hasnt changed."
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    #8Remember Me

    Remember Me
    Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella tells the story of a woman who lost her memory. This hilarious novel shows us a lot of intrigue, secret and sadness.


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    Albert Chavez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have always been fascinated by amnesia in general. Likewise, I have grown to love reading fictional books about amnesia. The best book I have read so far about amnesia is Remember Me. "
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    #9The Housekeeper and the Professor

    The Housekeeper and the Professor

    Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor tells the inspiring story of a brilliant mathematician who has limited short-term memory because of brain damage, and his interactions with his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son.


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    Harold Gilbert
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book fits the bill for the topic given. It also had a fair amount of ratings for the obscurity of the author. I would say this is pretty good. "
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    #10What Alice Forgot

    What Alice Forgot

    What Alice Forgot is a contemporary fiction novel written by Liane Moriarty. This chick lit book is about Alice who time traveled in the future. It is first published in 2009. 


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    Thomas Thompson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Wow, what an interesting and unique story. We rarely get such delights in this world of copycats and mainstream author's pandering to the lowest denominator, but this story does not disappoint! What would you do if you woke up, ten years older with a whole different life? "
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    #11The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

    The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
    The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is a historical book written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco and translated by Geoffrey Brock. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana was published on June 5, 2006 by Mariner Books.

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    Ryan Gutierrez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Once again, semiotician-novelist Umberto Eco surprises us, delights us, but mostly plays with us in "Queen Loana." It's premise is simplicity itself: Antiquarian book dealer Giambattista (Yambo) Bodoni has suffered a stroke at age 59.5 in 1991. As a result, as his doctor explains, he's lost his episodic memory--the episodes of his own life--even though he can speak and read, and he knows the identities of Napoleon, McArthur, Mussolini, etc. etc. But he doesn't recognize his own wife, and when he returns to work he has no idea if he's ever had an affair with his young assistant (she never explains). At the urging of his doctor and his family he leaves his Milanese home to return to his family's country home, where he unearths a treasure trove of Italian popular culture from the Fascist era. This allows Prof. Eco to journey through comic books (including Italian versions of Mickey Mouse), popular fiction, magazine illustrations, newspaper articles, photomontages of Il Duce, and the like--many of which are reproduced in this handsomely designed volume."
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    #12The English Patient

    The English Patient

    The English Patient is a historical fiction novel written by Michael Ondaatje. This classic romance book won literary merits like the Man Booker Prize and Trillium Book award. It is first published in 1992. 


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    Jonathan Walsh
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The English Patient is a book written by Michael Ondaatje. It is about a man with amnesia. This book has amazingly rich descriptions, intense lyrism throughout the story, great composition of the story and delightful treatment of time and feedbacks...I have enjoyed the story even more than the film based on it. If I had to choose one word, it would be intensity."
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    #13Don't Look Back

    Don't Look Back

    Don't Look Back is a strange suspense novel written by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was published in April 2014. It is about a former "It" girl who returned from her sudden disappearance without her memories.


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    Elizabeth Bishop
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Book reads at a teenaged level. That being said, it's full of teen romance and adventure. Good for that age bracket and yes, main point of the story is how the main character changes after experiencing her sudden amnesia episode. "
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    #14Still Alice

    Still Alice
    Still Alice is a standalone contemporary fiction novel written by Lisa Genova which centers on 50-year-old Alice Howland who has been diagnosed with the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. This is the debut novel of the author of the book. 

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    #15See Jane Run

    See Jane Run

    See Jane Run is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Joy Fielding. It is first published in 1991 by Avon. 


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    #16Almost Perfect (Torchwood)

    Almost Perfect (Torchwood)

    Almost Perfect is a science fiction fantasy and the ninth book in Torchwood series written by James Gross. This book is about three people who want perfection in life. It is first published in 2008 by Random House UK. 


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    Steven Mason
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I was looking for an interesting novel about amnesia and was recommended Almost Perfect. The book was not at all what I was expecting and not in a good way. While this is the ninth book in a series and may have been why I can't get into it, I didn't enjoy it at all and would never recommend it. "


Best What are the best fiction books about amnesia
1Before I Go to SleepBooks 27 Paid
2The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus)Books 24 Paid
3Flowers for AlgernonBooks 22 Paid
4The Girl on the TrainBooks 21 Paid
5The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 20 Paid
6The Bourne IdentityBooks 19 Paid
7The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 17 Paid
8Remember MeBooks 16 Paid
9The Housekeeper and the ProfessorBooks 14 Paid
10What Alice ForgotBooks 14 Paid

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