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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, but didn't quite work for me, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Before I Go To Sleep (Hardcover)
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Before I Go to Sleep is a well crafted thriller which successfully builds the tension. However I couldn't find myself completely swept up by it because there were a few rather unrealistic plot devices which jarred with me at an early stage - the obliging husband who does nothing every evening but watch TV so that his amnesiac wife can write her secret diary upstairs, night after night; also the central character's analyst gives her a second mobile phone so that he can phone her without her husband knowing...because when he called her before (on the original mobile in her bag) her husband answered...er...surely the potential discovery of a second mobile phone in a handbag is immediately suspicious. Its absolutely clear the reason for the second mobile is for a later crucial bit of plot (it was). I'm afraid this immediately struck me as such a sloppy device that it got in the way of believability. The male author generally does well with his female first person narrator - except that the clear giveaway that S.J Watson must be a male is repeatedly given by Christine's referring to her knickers as 'panties' - almost invariably a male word for women's undergarments! I realise, given the generally rave reviews for the book that my more lukewarm response is the exception, and its clear that most readers are going to be enjoyably on the edge of their seats with this. Sadly, it didn't quite work for me as I was too aware of coincidences and devices to find my disbelief suspended
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2011 13:44:01 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2011 14:53:53 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2011 13:36:06 BDT
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It's quite popular now! Top 20 as of writing!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2011 18:48:44 BDT
But clearly not with some of us! But I DID enjoy the Emsley chemistry one enormously (great plot, thoroughly believable characters, lots of surprises, I didn't guess the ending, etc!!)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 22:41:37 BDT
L. Hennessy says:
Haha - panties :)

Posted on 23 Jun 2011 14:58:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jun 2011 14:59:32 BDT
Angela says:
An excellent review, although I enjoyed the book I can certainly understand your points (especially about the knickers). However, I'm curious you think that the husband downstairs watching telly while his wife did other things in another room was "unrealistic". Maybe you should spend some time in MY house?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2011 17:29:22 BDT
Loved that! - it was the fact that this was permanently the case, AND given the picture built up of his total caringness etc - it all seemed a bit too helpful a plot device

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 18:54:59 BDT
E Avery says:
Yeah - and mine.
soon fixed that though.
Ex-husband now.

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 17:16:17 BDT
OEJ says:
Hello Your Ladyship - the artist formerly known as OEJ here - I'm halfway through this book at the moment and tempted to speed-read through the rest, partly because, like your royal self, it's not quite working for me. Not exactly for the same reasons, though - at this moment I don't know what the outcome will be but it does seem rather one-dimensional and heavily dependent on one fundamental idea. It's also very slow in build-up towards what I assume is going to be some kind of slam-dunk twist later on. In other words, for me it's all about the destination while the journey towards it is getting rather tiresome.

Maybe I'll change my mind later, who knows...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 12:11:16 GMT
Hello OEJ. Hope you aren't sighing too much with a sense of tedium as you limp towards the slam-dunk!
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