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Before I Go To Sleep | [S J Watson]

Before I Go To Sleep

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of CWA Best unabridged Crime Audiobook 2012.

Winner – CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR – BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

©2011 S J Watson (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

What the Critics Say

“Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read.” (Tess Gerritsen)

“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending.” (Anita Shreve)

“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.” (Lionel Shriver)

“A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one.” (Joanne Harris)

“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” (Dennis Lehane)

“So high-concept, so ambitious and so structurally brilliant. It's so rare to read a thriller that's perfect in every detail, but this one definitely qualifies!” (Sophie Hannah)

“A deeply unsettling debut that asks the most terrifying question - what do you have left when you lose yourself?” (Val McDermid)

“A truly amazing debut. The central character, Christine, is beautifully drawn. It's hard to imagine a more compelling, believable and sympathetic portrayal of a damaged human being. I loved it from start to finish.” (Mo Hayder)

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  • Marie Murphy
    Cork, Ireland
    4/4/12
    Overall
    "Repetitive and uninteresting"

    I bought this because the premise sounded interesting and I though it had the makings of a good read---well listen.
    I should have heeded the other reviews warning me I would lose interest.
    Its very difficult to write this type of storyand make it really compelling. This book really didn't make for compelling reading. I think it was because the main character developed no personality and attracted no reader empathy. And for an unsympathetic character you had to spend so much bloody time with her.
    I dont receommend this. But if its ever rewritten as a very short story - or with a better developed character, who maybe has a small sense of humour(aka Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) it could be a really cracking read. Full marks for imagination, Zero for character development and the telling of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    7/11/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What an amazing debut!"

    This is definitely one of my best Audible listens of all time. It kept me completely gripped throughout and kept me guessing through every suspenseful moment I was completely mesmerised and convinced by the narration. What a compelling, original, scary, unique listen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Astarte
    London, United Kingdom
    12/7/12
    Overall
    "Would give it zero if I could"

    I have never written an online review but I had to say something about this book. It is just so bad. The story set-up is preposterous. The dialogue is unimaginative and stilted. I can't count the number of times a string of dialogue contained the words 'he said nothing' or 'I said nothing', and how often when the characters DID get around to saying something their utterances generally had to be prefaced with 'he said' or 'I said'. Then there are the ridiculous redundant phrases. For example when two of the characters have driven out towards the sea on a dark, moonless night. The car has stopped facing out to sea and it's pitch black. They are having one of these awful conversations and she says something. True to form we are then told that 'he said nothing', and then that 'he just sat staring straight ahead into the dark, THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN.' (Inevitably I am paraphrasing to a degree as I'm certainly not wasting my time listening through the whole drab performance to get the exact right words, but I hope you get the picture.) None of this is to say that I do not sincerely congratulate the writer. She (only the writer's genderless surname and initials are given but it 'feels' to me like a woman writing) has obviously written a book that a lot of people love and that has won some sort of award, and good for her. Really. All I'm saying is I don't know how this happened and I feel strongly enough about it to write something to try to warn people who are in the minority like me away from it. I aspire to write myself and this may therefore sound like sour grapes, but it isn't, she's pulled off a great trick and I wish I could have done it - although I wouldn't want to have done it with a book like this! To me there are certain books you read and you think 'no way could I ever aspire to that'. There are others where you think 'I could have done that', and then there are others (like this one for me) where you think 'I could have done that, but wouldn't have wanted to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    Rojales, Spain
    1/13/12
    Overall
    "Before I Go To Sleep"

    A very clever concept. Could not put this book down and was sorry when I came to the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Walsh
    Scotland
    12/7/11
    Overall
    "Caroline Walsh"

    Absolutely riveting, I would thoroughly recommend this book. The story pulls you in so that you feel you are the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Hagley, United Kingdom
    9/26/11
    Overall
    "BEST BOOK FOR YEARS"

    This is my new favourite! I plunged for it based on other's reviews depite not fancying the storyline, and WOW! Have listened to it twice back to back. Hard to say much without giving things away, but it is a real 'page turner' if you can have such a thing with an audiobook! Excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fran
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/25/11
    Overall
    "listen, then listen again!"

    This compelling story is so well crafted and evocatively read.
    I tried to slow down but it draws you in and I finished it too quickly, ignoring family criticisms of being anti social ....... and then having finished it, I then had to listen to most of it again .... won't say why .... no spoilers here!
    Fantastic and as they say ... you won't be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    St Sampsons, United Kingdom
    11/22/11
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    "No chance of sleeping with this one..."

    This was compelling listening, I recommend you don't start listening until you have a 10hour slot in your diary! Although I suspected, correctly, the ending there were enough twists & turns to keep me hooked. A great novel and I didn't want it to end- in fact I'd really like one more chapter please! Very good reader too.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Bayliss
    London, England United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "Not bad but predictable."

    I liked the idea of this book and managed to get to the end. I thought the story was good and the narration excellent but it was a little too long. I did lose touch with the story in a few places and found it easy to catch up. Generally it's a good story, but I did manage to guess the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally J
    britain
    8/19/14
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    Performance
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    "i couldnt stop listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator was brilliant, she really bought the characters to life. The story kept me guessing right to the end, and I wasn't disappointed. I would suggest it should be a film but have just found out it has already been made into a film. Even though I read the book I'll still see the film.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it wasn't entirely predictable and I was as eager as she was to read her journal to find out something new about her life.


    What about Susannah Harker’s performance did you like?

    one of the best narrator's I've listened to. I'll be looking for more books she has read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when they are in the hospital together.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book, it wasn't boring at all and held my attention throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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