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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, but didn't quite work for me, 21 Feb 2011
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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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Posted on 15 Jan 2012 13:21:48 GMT
Tamara L says:
Think 'panties' could have been written with an American market in mind

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 14:05:01 GMT
Ah. You may well be right!

Posted on 17 Jan 2012 00:48:13 GMT
Redalphababe says:
I don't believe that any woman under the age of 70 would put on tights under trousers though which maybe gives away the male author

Posted on 22 Jan 2012 13:36:36 GMT
aneta says:
Not for me. The languge made me tired; too many unnecessary details. It didn't flow for me. Tedious descriptions of events didn't do it for me either. Started well but quickly disappointed.
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