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
“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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Having read the storyline I was a little worried that the book would be repetitive but it was anything but. The story unfolds in multiple layers to a dramatic conclusion. I really didn't want it to end . The narration is calm and understated and fits the story perfectly. I have been recommending it to everyone as one of my favourite audio books.
"Read a bit more before you go to sleep"
A gripping novel, dealing with the horror of memory loss - in this case starting each day having forgotten the one before. The characters develop as the book goes on, leaving you wondering who to believe. A great read, and a great narrator!
"A really good listen"
I really enjoyed this book. I actually heard an abridged version on radio, and liked it so much I decided to get the full audiobook. It's really very cleverly written - pitching you right in, with you learning things as the main character does. It's quite disturbing in places, and twists and turns along its way. It could seem contrived, but really doesn't. A really good listen.
"My book of 2012"
I have just listened to this excellent crime thriller. It had me gripped from start to finish, and the further I got into the story, the more fervently I was hoping that the end would not be a disappointment. It most definitely was not.
This is far and away the best book I have read or listened to this year.
I understand that this is a debut novel. What a fantastic achievement! And this audiobook is beautifully read by Susannah Harker.
"Before I Go To Sleep"
This is a debut novel , which has used new and unique ideas to present the story. It's so well told and the reader is drawn in as the tension rises, the anxiety rises too.
A different aspect of the genre, so brilliantly executed. If this is a debut novel, do keep writing SJ Watson, please?
"Intriguing way of telling a story"
I loved this book. The way the story was told reminded me of the film Memento.
The main character wakes up not remembering the last 25 years or so of her life, but discovers that she has written a journal. As she reads it you discover her story together with her, trying to piece together fractured memories and trying to figure out what is true and what isn't and what brought her here.
"Before I go to Sleep, Brilliant!"
Kept me guessing almost to the end, excellent book! Would recomend this book! Enjoyed the voice of the narrator, highly recomend it!
"Beautifully written and narrated"
I couldn't get to the end of this book quickly enough - and not in a bad way! This is a page-turning, compulsive read.
The characters are and plot are scarily believable; the story runs along at a good rate and I couldn't stop listening to it - at every available opportunity!
Get it, you won't be disappointed!
"Slow at start, but stick with it!"
This book takes a fascinating premise and does a good, but not great, job at carving out a book. The problem is the speed in the first two thirds of the book. It is slow slow slow going. It isn't ever boring, but you start to wonder if it is ever going to get anywhere. Don't worry. Stick with it. It pays off!
"A great listern"
Susannah'a beautiful narration made this a great listen. Great story, certainly gets you thinking.
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