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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"Excellent slow burner!"
Superb narration really pulls you into the suspense and increasing fear of lost memories. Great twist at the end. Definitely recommended.
"Gripping & twisty"
I was recommended this book by a friend that knows how I liked to be gripped by a book. She was right, I was gripped. I enjoyed the pace of the narrative which reflected the varying degree of emotion running though the characters perfectly. For 99% of this book I was finding any excuse to flick audible on, in fact there has never been such marathon ironing done before. The twists in the plot are clever and interesting, particularly for a debut novel. However I was disappointed by the end.
"Couldn't put it down"
This was another book club read but I loved it so much I bought the book and the audiobook. A great plotline, it will keep you on your toes till the very end. This is SJ Watson’s first book and I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.
I first listened to the abridged version on Radio 4 - which cut so much of the story out that I wanted to hear the complete story - and I was not disappointed. I know nothing about this type of amnesia but the way the story was built up through her journals was fascinating - it was one of those books that I just kept listening to - when I should have been sleeping or working.
This book makes your mind go into overdrive - could this really happen? could it happen to you? what if it did, how would you cope - and on and on.
Christine was a totally believeable character and really gave you an insight into how it would feel waking up to a strange world every day.
this will be one of those books I will revisit every few years
"Cant wait for the film"
I really enjoyed this book. I thought I may find it a bit repetitive but it wasn't. You really feel for the character and those around her. I searched the net for it afterwards and found out there is going to be a film and I cant wait!!
Great voice too, hooked all the way through.
"shaggy dog story"
The book is well written, the plotting clever, and the denouement exciting, if somewhat predictable from around 3/4 way through. All this is fine if you don't mind the long journey to get there and the implausibility of it all at several levels. What is ridiculous is that someone with the condition of the heroine (itself implausible) has not subject to systematic treatment including recorded media. Second is the pathetic plot device of the journal that reads nothing like a journal but a novel. All of this annoys me intensely, but I guess other readers can put this to one side. Even so, it is painfully slow in uncovering all its plot devices and leading you to the end, when my overwhelming feeling was, so what? A clever shaggy dog story really. Life's too short to spend on such insubstantial works of fiction. Sorry.
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.
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