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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Hardcover)
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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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Initial post: 18 Jan 2012 15:14:35 GMT
Before I Go To Sleep
I very much enjoyed this book and read it in two days! even found myself having a discussion about it with my husband, when I wasn't reading it I was thinkng about Christine!
very highly recommened. great first read on my new kindle too.

Posted on 16 May 2013 06:31:11 BDT
J4shaw says:
"This is the best debut novel I have ever read"
No no no really? I am concerned about what you have been reading!
Maybe try "Lullabies for Little Criminals" (2006) novel by Heather O'Neill to see how good her writing is for a debut novel.
Or even "Sister" by Rosamund Lupton another brilliantly written debut.
I just feel you need to do some more "debut" reading if this is the best you have read. I found it clunky and some serious "really?" moments with the story. Its saving grace was a very good plot idea, and a fast pace.
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