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Before I Go To Sleep [Paperback]

S J Watson
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Book Description

2 Jan 2012

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (2 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552164135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552164139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,980 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

S J Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years.

In 2008 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result.

Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, Before I Go To Sleep has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2011.

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"Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read" (Tess Gerritsen)

"Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending" (Anita Shreve)

"A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller" (Lionel Shriver)

"A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one" (Joanne Harris)

"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page" (Dennis Lehane)

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Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? An original, haunting and deeply chilling debut thriller, and a Sunday Times bestseller in hardcover.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this one down! 27 Mar 2011
By Gemma TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Before I Go To Sleep is an excellent psychological thriller. I found myself reading this book into the small hours, and really had to tear myself away from it and go to sleep. It's an unmissable read and I can't recommend it enough.

The book is based around Christine, who loses her memory when she goes to sleep and has to start afresh everytime she wakes up. It's quite thrilling seeing it from her own eyes as each day she wakes up and can't figure out where she is, and everything has to be explained to her by a man who carefully explains to her that he's her husband. She begins to keep a journal, writing down what happens to her each day as recommended by her doctor who calls her each day to remind her of her journal and where it's hidden. Each day she reads what's previously written in her journal, and is extremely confused as she can never remember the previous entries.

As the book progresses you begin to realise something isn't right, and you know who it must involve but you can't figure out why. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next, and it was a brilliant read. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut 21 Feb 2011
By Victoria VINE VOICE
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I honestly can't gush enough about this book. This is the best debut novel I have ever read - the kind of thriller that gets under your skin and crawls into bed with you at night, refusing to let you shut your eyes until you read just one more page...just one more page....

The premise is a very interesting one. Christine wakes every morning in a strange bed next to a strange man, with no recollection of how she got there. But the bed is her own, and the man is her husband - and when she looks in the mirror she is somehow twenty years older than she had expected. Thanks to an accident when she was 29, Christine goes to sleep every night and has her memory erased. (Yes, this does sound like 50 First Dates, but I assure you that this storyline is darker and more thrilling than a RomCom!) Her loving husband patiently explains her situation to her every day, and her doctor tries to unlock whatever is keeping her memories hostage in her brain. I don't want to give too much away aside from that, but needless to say it emerges that not everyone is telling Christine the whole truth.

This book had me absorbed from the very first chapter. You are immediately drawn into Christine's situation, experiencing her confusion, and imagining yourself in the same nightmare. I don't get as much opportunity to read during the week as I would like, but I managed to read this in two and a half days because I was glued to it. I disagree with the reviewers who said the ending was a little too neat - I sat gasping and exclaiming for the last 60 pages or so, having heart palpitations as the story came together. An absolute must-read and a fantastic achievement for the author - I believe the film rights have already been sold.
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47 year old Christine wakes up every morning believing that she is still a young woman ....... a young woman who has no idea of where or who she is. Her husband has to explain patiently to her about her accident, something he has to do every morning before he goes to work.

A Dr. Nash rings her every day and tells her where her journal is and to read it and she'll discover who she is.

Gradually Christine starts to remember some events but they are terrifying events, and she begins to wonder just who she can trust......are her memories real or just imagined ..... is her husband telling her the truth.....and what about Dr. Nash, is he really a doctor? She feels helpless and doesn't know who to turn to, she begins to doubt her own sanity.

What a compelling and unsettling story this is, as Christine's memory plays tricks on her, you really don't know who is telling the truth, the plot is slowly dragged out with very few clues along the way, until the shocks are played out, and I did not guess what was coming until it hit me in the face!

Very cleverly written, though slow at times as Christine reads her journal every day, I did feel there were far too many unnecessary details in her writing and wondered how she found the time to write everything down every day. But, aside from that, I thought this was an excellent thriller with just enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gaps in the memory, holes in the plot. 26 Aug 2014
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Christine wakes every morning with her memory reset to zero. She cannot remember anything of the day before and no idea how the previous twenty years have disappeared from her life. She starts to painfully put the missing pieces together with the aid of a personal journal.

It's an intriguing opening premise but unfortunately it soon descends into a grindingly repetitious account of Christine's fears and distrust of those around her. I shall refrain from pointing out the gaping holes in the plot since this would necessitate plot spoilers. The prose is workmanlike at best.

I had presumed that Christine's almost child-like narration was a deliberate ploy of the author to convey the state of mind of an amnesiac - but when I reached the end of the book and read SJ Watson's account of selling the movie rights to Ridley Scott, I realised that this is, in fact, how he writes.
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