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)
I was worried that a story whose main character is an amnesiac could come off as sort of a cheap story trick, like the ending 'then I woke up and realised it was all a dream', but this story really works, its well though out. The story is told from the first person point of view, Christine, the amnesiac in question, and we discover her story a little more each day. There is something very unsettling about this book from the beginning. Well imagine if you woke up with no knowledge of yourself or your life, who would you trust? That is scary. As a listener you are not sure if the doubt is valid or if there really is something more sinister going on. Then just how much we are in her head is claustrophobic and adds to the sense of something being really wrong, when she talks to someone, she is searching for clues as to who she is, so we are there with her, in her head, not just witnessing the conversation. I was very eager to keep listening to find out what happens next. The end, well you see it coming, but that isn't a weakness of the story, on the contrary, it just fills you with a sense of wanting to warn her, like someone about to get attacked by the boggy man in a film. The characters are all well developed, seem like real people. Please I want to know what happens to Christine the day after this book ends!
The reading is very good too. The voice is soft and feminine, matches the character of Christine very well. Its not read boring and flat, but neither over emphasised which can get annoying after several hours of listening.
After getting several books that were so disappointing I didn't even finish them, I finished this one over a long weekend. I really recommend it.
The idea that everything is erased from your memory each time you go to sleep is a frightening one and one that is totally new to me.
The book is beautifully read and is a very taut psychological thriller. I found it impossible to work out the full denouement so it kept me in suspense up to the very end.
The book starts out well and has great potential. Unfortunately somewhere along the way the author decided to go into long, tedious descriptions, thoughts, ruminations of the main character and the like. Over, and over, and over. In an audio book it's a lot harder to skip the boring bits, and there were plenty of them. Cutting the book by about a third would have improved it immensely.
In addition the narrator sounded like a robot and read the book in a monotone.
If they come out with an abridged version with a different narrator, maybe try that.
Twists, enjoyable, gained momentum
As the listener, I wasn't always sure who was to be trusted, so it kept you second guessing what was happening. Got better as you became more involved.
Not a lot of intonation in the readers voice. Too flat and monotonous for me.
No, too long, but did put it straight on when I got into the car so I could keep going with the story.
I found the chronology a bit confusing. I'm still unsure about some of the time frames. Also, it was pretty slow starting out, but as the story unfolded it became more interesting.
Well..."this novel is a saddening bore, 'cause she's lived it ten times or more" Bowie could have told.
The start is fascinating, but it soon becomes so dull and repetitive! The style is so plain that I wonder how this book could have such a great success.
The reader doesn't help, but I surely don't envy her.
First time I am so disappointed by an Audible audiobook.
I actually thought this novel was going to be tedious but it was not. I have recommended the story to many other. To hea that it will be come a film next year is an exciting event.
The book had a fantastic twist. I had guessed it initially but then second guessed myself. When it all came to an end I was still in shock.
"Great gripping thriller with a twist!"
Fantastic read! Didn't see the big twist coming, I had all other scenarios laid out. Enjoyed learning about Christine's past through her daily diary journal entries and discovering the mystery surrounding her life. Really enjoyed this book!
Overall an interesting story, but it's so slow to develop! Vivid descriptions of doing mundane things like turning on a light switch border on painful at times, and then after all that it wraps up really quickly at the end.
narration was good, plot was reasonable, didn't really grip me, not a thriller really, wouldn't go out of my way to listen to again, just ok
"Nice story, but too slow"
quite a nice mystery, which we listened to together as a family in the car on long journeys over several months. although we guessed the outcome soon before the end, at least that shows it was logical and well structured. just listen at 25% faster...
"A true spine chiller"
A story, so simple in premise and yet so chilling, to touch your heart. A condition that could affect any one of us, brought on by a simple 'accident' but with such heart rending consequences for the victim and all she loves.
This was so well written and narrated that I hung on every word, with a brilliant, well constructed twist at the end. Highly recommend this book.
An intriguing story with for me an unexpected twist. The tension was kept to the very end and left the reader with choices to make. I enjoyed the book very much and the excellent narrator.
Would recommend as a good listen.
Loved this book from beginning to end - held me in suspense. Very well narrated - highly recommended
"hooked for first page"
could not stop listening to this book and narrator is amazing too , will try another search jobs Watson book now
"Could not stop listening"
Excellent book. Well narrated . Unpredictable.
I would recommend this psychological thriller to anyone who enjoys this type of book. It is a great story
Imagine not knowing who you are! This a brilliant book, a very interesting concept and worth your full attention.
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