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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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  • Alison
    Wallington, United Kingdom
    10/18/11
    Overall
    "A good listen"

    This book is a good listen, but I did not particularly enjoy the narration. All a bit breathy. A good story though, if a little slow. Became quite compelling towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • claire
    birmingham, United Kingdom
    8/23/11
    Overall
    "Annoying narrator"

    This is the most annoying narrator ever! She speaks in a very slow monotone voice and it drives me insane! By the book instead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    LONGHOPE, United Kingdom
    8/9/11
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    "Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson"

    This is one of the best audio books I have listened to up until now. It was compelling although I got lost a couple of times and couldn't remember whether it was Christine's past recollections or in the present. This did not spoil it, it was put together very well. Shall be looking out for this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Sorrell-fleet
    eastbourne, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "Before I go to sleep"

    This was one of the most haunting books I have ever read. I just could not imagine what it must be like to have amnesia. Truely fascinating book. Had me crying in parts and shouting out in other. The ending had me holding my breath. Fabulous read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelley
    Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
    7/12/11
    Overall
    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this story. It reminded me of 'The woman he loved before' and was just as good. The authors use of reading from the lead character's journal for the majority of the book prevented a Groundhog-Day repetition of the start of the book where she finds out that she has lost her memory. I loved the narrator's voice and although she does not attempt different voices for each person, nothing is lost for this and the book is still easy to follow. It was hard to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Stoke Hammond, United Kingdom
    12/5/11
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    "Can't finish it."

    What a disappointment. Have listened to almost 2 hours, hard work not enjoyable, giving up. The premise and first 10 minutes are interesting and have so much promise. Shame the author could not follow through. Characters are one dimensional, uninteresting, and frankly, not worth caring for! I'd skip it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linnie
    Croydon
    7/7/13
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    "Fantastic book!"
    If you could sum up Before I Go To Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Mysterious, Intriguing, Excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Christine kept remembering bits of her life.


    What does Susannah Harker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brought the characters to life and you could place yourself there in the story.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, parts of it had me in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book, I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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