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3.0 out of 5 stars Wildly overhyped, 13 Jan 2012
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Paperback)
Clearly the publishers are trying to establish this author as a new star but the plethora of praise from many distinguished writers only irritated me - I'd rather make up my own mind, and this kind of over the top endorsement only makes me suspicious that the novel won't live up to expectations. Which proved to be the case - it is an ok, somewhat plodding thriller not a masterpiece.

The plot - amnesiac woman ends up living with husband she doesn't remember or trust is hardly original - off the top of my head I remember reading a similar, though much more exciting effort from Joy Fielding, called 'See Jane Run' some years ago. The twist that separates this from the other hundreds of novels featuring amnesia is that the protagonist also suffers from short term memory loss (as in the film '50 first dates') and has to be reminded of her life every morning. The opening pages where Christine wakes up in a bed with a strange middle-aged man (believing she is still a young woman) are easily the best thing about the novel, but sadly the novelty soon wears off and we are saddled with a cumbersome narrative, based around her keeping a daily journal. I actually found it quite hard to keep track of when she was writing or when we were in real time and I found it a little unbelieveable that she wrote pages of fullsome descriptions of characters/events when a few terse notes warning her future self of important meetings/facts she had discovered would have been more appropriate.

The writing is somewhat generic - the day by day narrative really allows for little character development and the villain of the piece is pretty obvious right from the start which rather spoiled it as a thriller for me. The story really flags about halfway through the book, and then picks up again, but the ending was pretty apparent to me long before it arrived. A lot of the stuff that happens doesn't seem particularly likely either and the whole thing is heavily contrived - I wasn't at all surprised to read that it was the product of some sort of creative writing course - that's what it feels like to read. Ok I guess for a first effort but I probably wouldn't rush to buy a new book from this author ...
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2012 20:58:53 GMT
harlequin says:
This review is absolutly spot on

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 12:26:31 GMT
S. Baines says:
I agree entirely . Puts into words my own feelings about the book.

Posted on 10 Feb 2012 16:21:06 GMT
excellent review.

Posted on 12 Feb 2012 21:01:50 GMT
I would tend to agree with the above review.

Posted on 12 Feb 2012 21:04:22 GMT
I would tend to agree with the above review.

Posted on 15 Feb 2012 09:09:52 GMT
A. Linton says:
Thanks for your comments - glad to see I wasn't the only one not taken in by the hype!

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 20:25:14 GMT
E. CORFIELD says:
How I agree. I wished that the main character's attacker had finished her off and then we would have been spared this.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 12:28:22 GMT
well I do not agree. I just couldn't put this book down.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 16:11:40 GMT
I agree with A.Linton -the opening pages were the best part of the book.

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 21:41:42 GMT
fiasco says:
Great review, spot on. I wish I had read this review before reading the book!
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