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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"If only I could forget this book"
Really liked the idea behind the story but it didn't take long for it to get repetitive. That that was obviously going to be difficult to avoid but I was confident the writer would have figured it out. Sadly, not well enough because about half way through I couldn't take another day.
Excellent book! I think it would be better in book version for myself, because I kept wanting to turn over the pages quicker than the narrator was narrating
"clever idea that takes too long"
The premise is a good one. It is interesting. How would you feel if you woke up every day with no recollection of the past twenty years?
But soon the author begins to over and over jab that confusion down our throat. There are long passages which seem to be there to fill pages rather than to drive on the story. Maybe I am being harsh, but I get it. forgetting everything would be scary.
And the twist is almost sign posted.
Having said all that, it is well read and entertaining enough.
Found it a struggle half way. But worth sticking with it. Overall a good read.
Wasn't sure what to expect after reading mixed reviews and wondered how it could stretch out over so many hours. It was a tad slow in the beginning but once I got into it I didn't want to stop listening. Excellent narration.
"Before I Go To Sleep"
It was an Audible 'Deal of the Day' and the synopsis sounded good, so I went for it. The plot concerns forty-seven-year-old Christine Lucas, a writer who, after suffering a traumatic experience in her late twenties, suffers from retrograde amnesia. With the help of her psychologist, Dr Nasch, she begins to write a journal about the memories she recalls before sleep washes them away again.
Was it gripping? Yes? Did I want to stay up all night listening to it? Yes? Was it twisty turny? Yes!
The narrator, Susannah Harker, was excellent and conveyed the different characters with fluent ease.
My only criticism is that I could tell that the female character was written by a man because of many things, but trousers and tights together - nah!!
"Couldn't put it down"
Great plot well written suspense. Saw the movie but still found the book too compelling to put down.
narrator was first class,very easy to listen to...story was brilliant with good unexpected ending,l couldn't put it down,definitely listen to this author again.
"Long & Drawnout"
Very long and drawnout story, with an ending that just leaves you wondering. The story could have been wrapped up alot sooner.
I'm glad I was listening to it and not reading it as I think I would have given up!
"Really good book"
Generally I really enjoyed this book. The characters are good and the narrator did her job well. The 'big twist' at the end was predictable, but I would still recommend this book.
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