This story could have been told in half the time. It wasn't my taste but I can see where others might like the book. I must remember not to read books about amnesia victims, too repetitive.
This is the first book I've read by this author and probably wouldn't read another.
The narrator read most of the book as if she would burst into tears at any moment. That got old, even though character's circumstances were dire.
I have heard of this story line before; this of course is a new spin on the old story. I found myself trying to figure out the mystery immediately. I figured it out mostly within the first half of the book, but there were some twists. What grabbed me and kept me listening was hte narrator. What an excellent voice and so well paced. If you are as avid a mystery/thriller reader as I am, you might guess the evolving storyline, but don't be totally sure of yourself. There are surprises. The biggest being the discovery of this incredible narrator!
This novel is like a Lifetime movie -- a woman in peril, and you can see the ending from a mile away. Apparently the movie based on this book was critically panned, and I can see why -- it's just not ... well, it's certainly not Gone Girl.
I did listen to the entire book, and I thought the narrator was very good. If you want something that you don't have to think much about, and will easily put down for something else more pressing or interesting, then this book is fine. Otherwise, probably not worth spending a credit on.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
Orlagh Cassidy did a fantastic job at reading this book.
When Christine meets Claire after being separated for so long.
I can drive while I listen to her... I can't do the same with a book. :)
Claire... she sounds like a great gal!
I discovered that there are a lot of book lovers at my workplace; so I decided to create a book club which will meet every two months. The first book we selected is "Before I Go To Sleep".
This was a very quick read. I was concerned that it would be something similar to "50 First Dates" and I was glad that it was not. Then I was wondering how the author would be able to keep the readers interested, considering that the main character has no recollection of the previous days or weeks or months or years as a matter of a fact. S.J. Watson did a "tour de force" and kept me reading to know what will happen in the next page. I developed several theories as I was reading and although some proved themselves correct; some were wrong and I was surprise by the story outcome. Very clever!
The only disappointment was that there are loose ends in the story and unanswered questions. I will have to keep an eye for a Q&A with the author so I can ask some questions to clarify these unknown facts.
I do recommend the book. It is a great and fast read. I decided not to go see the movie because the book was good enough and movies have a way to spoil a good thing. :)
Engaging story, beautiful writing, interesting premise, and 3D main character all stapled to a standard thriller formula with a happily every after ending tacked on the end.
More exploration of memory and more character development. There was lots, but I would have liked even more.
Main character was interesting and well done. Voice performance was excellent.
Story and underlying premise were completely resolved. No new ground to explore.
Book was recommended by a friend and I had my doubts - It turned out to be a terrific story. Not to be confused with the movie (50 first dates with drew Barrymore).
Christine - interesting character
The ranges of emotion portrayed in her voice.
I felt truly horrified for Christine and got to thinking about a lot of things about the people I depend on and trust.
I just finished this book for the second time. This book has the feel of "50 First Dates" without any humor. It is scary, it moves you to tears at times, it is terrifying in its premise and you might think you know what is going on until the proverbial wrench is thrown into your logical conclusions. Because of how it is written I found myself getting somewhat lost in the timeline but it really didn't matter as the author brings you back around to where you need to be. I liked this book and will probably give it a third look on down the line.
This book is for listeners who don't get bored of repetition easily. This book would be liked by listeners who are okay with the book getting to the point at the VERY LAST CHAPTER!
Yes, the book had revelations throughout, however they were at snail speed. Not to mention you had to listen to Claire being confused about who she was and relive her confusion chapter after chapter, rehashing the same conversations over and over, never REALLY getting to the point! There is a thing called suspense and then there's downright INERTIA!
My favorite scene of course is when Claire finds out that she is in REAL danger and why! However, this doesn't happen until the last 2 chapters so that was irritating.
No comparison to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl! None whatsoever!
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
The pace seemed a bit slow. I get that it is a psychological thriller, but a lot of the time it felt like the story was just not going anywhere.
Yes, definitely. Because this was a VERY unique idea. I've never read a (fictional) book about an amnesiac. It was certainly an original and suspenseful idea.
Never, but she was amazing in this one. She is so good, I never needed to be notified of which character is doing the talking - I knew automatically just from her tone.
Yes. The ending was shocking, but in a good way. I totally thought I had it figured out, and it completely threw me off. Overall, a very unique story.
I do recommend this book for a good time, an unusual mystery. Seems to move slow but it will definitely keep surprising you. Apparently theres a movie adaptation about to come out.