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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"Intriguing despite the groundhog day method"
Yes I would to friends I know who would share the same tastes as me.
I liked the fact that it made me question who would I REALLY trust if I were as unfortunate as the central character? The protagonist, Christine, has amnesia and relies entirely on her husband Ben and her therapist Dr Nash to guide her through each day; a day that she will entirely forget when she goes to sleep. I liked that the SJ Watson has given each character a sense of nobility and they seem to genuinely care for Christine; however, every now and then their honesty is brought into question with some small detail that doesn't quite add up. In a typical situation I doubt I'd even notice that but Christine's vulnerability requires trust so absolute trust that even the tiniest deviation causes huge rents not just for Christine but also for the reader. It kept me guessing about just over half way through. The message about trust I found really poignant and it has stuck with me long after I finished this audiobook.
I really liked her voice. It was read brilliantly, so naturally like a friend with a really great narrating voice telling me a fabulous story! I would definitely listen to more books read by her.
This was a good audiobook and good use of a credit. Although it did get a little tedious in some parts here and there; overall, it was a great book that was very intriguing despite its groundhog day approach. Would definitely look into another SJ Watson novel.
"Chilling psychological thriller"
Christine wakes up every day with no memories from the last twenty years. She wakes up expecting to be a teenaged girl, or a woman in her young twenties, with her whole life ahead of her. Every day she looks in the mirror to find that she has aged and holds no memories from the previous years. When a doctor calls and asks her to keep a journal, she begins to hold on to snatches of her life, her memories but nothing adds up.
This book is one of the most chilling and terrifying stories that I have ever read. It is a psychological thriller from the point of view of a woman who is incredibly vulnerable and alone. It is a tale of tragedy, romance, and loss, but also of fear.
I really felt for Christine because she so desperately wanted to hold onto her memories and her fragility moved me. The story is beautifully written, and the slow pace prolongs the suspense without losing the interest of the reader. An astounding novel.
Loved, loved, loved this book. Didn't foresee some of the twists coming. highly recommend
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"
I was completely drawn into this book, I loved the recapping of different bits as they didn't feel at all repetitive to me but essential to the story & character, and I loved the way it unfolded gradually. I guessed the twist but the ending left me wanting more! The narrator kept a brilliant pace and lightness to her voice which never bored me and kept me enthralled.
great story, a little course, a little complicated but it is very, very difficult to put down. Really good writing and detail. SJ Watson has written this one very well.........and this is not even my favorite genre to read. Well done.
"Tense, moving but a rushed ending"
I loved this book.
For once I read the book first before watching the film. I learned my lesson with Gone Girl.
Very well read and a great story spoiled only by what I felt was a rushed ending with too much coincidence, leaps of faith and convenience.
It was good towards the end if the story bit a very slow start doesn't get gripping for a long time which left me rather bored
No, once is enough for most books
Some of Donna Tart stuff but this is more subtle and not as hard hitting
I'm not sure, narration was good but not exceptional
Imagine forgetting everything in your life following sleep and slowly trying to piece together your history
Good book, kind of went of kilter in the end after the big reveal
Thrilling, interesting and addictive! I really enjoyed this book and was excited to know what was going to happen! When I was done I watched the movie and it was terrible! Just enjoy the book instead :)
Welcome to Christine's world....
She didn't know what was going on and neither did!! So many twists and turns I couldn't guess what was coming next until it was upon me!
Totally absorbed me and didn't want to stop listening. The narration was also excellent.
Whole-heartedly recommend this one! Will be searching for others by this author!
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