"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 be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
©2011 S.J. Watson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
Taut thriller will a few twist and turns. Well narrated. A bit of a stretch, but worth the credit.
This is the best 'page turner' i have read in a long long whilte. Great book. Lock the front door, draw your blinds, download without delay..............
I am an audio book addict. Love staging the drama in my head, especially psychological intrigue and mysteries.
One of the more intriguing books I have read so far.
Very reminiscent of the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, so he writes notes to himself..
No. Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding.
Well, at least in two settings.
Watson offered an entertaining tale full of intrigue and surprises, flawed only by the author’s over confidence in the reader’s desire to suspend ones’ imagination. The catalysts in solving the mystery, the psychiatrist and the use of cell phone (that never need charging) were paramount to solving the mystery, yet these dramatic technical details lacked credibility.
Nevertheless, the story, pace and dramatic tension my attention to the end. The narrator, Orlach Cassidy did an outstanding job of delivering the drama. If you liked the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, you will love this novel.
An interesting work of fiction for me to pick up right after reading the non-fiction “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.” In that book Joshua Foer described real-life people with brain damage who can’t remember anything from one moment to the next.
“Before I Sleep” describes a 47-year-old woman who wakes up each day with no memory of the days and years before… she can only remember some things from childhood. I’m not so sure this is actually any real kind of memory disorder (because she can remember everything from each day, but it’s the sleep that erases it), but what the heck, it’s an interesting premise.
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The story sets up in an interesting fashion. The woman is keeping a journal that has served as her memory for a few weeks, at the behest of a doctor who phones her each day to tell her she’s keeping the journal and where to find it. Unbeknownst to her husband, Ben. When she reads her journal to us, she’s written “Don’t Trust Ben” in the front.
Now, it did keep me interested throughout, though I think the author lost a chance to make this into a really tense thriller… instead it sort of dragged along in a slow manner. And the ending wasn’t very imaginative to me. Not a bad mindless read, I suppose.
I liked the concept of the book and would have thought it truly original had I not seen "Memento" several years ago. Losing one's memory is an interesting plot device and I thought this one fairly well done. SPOILER ALERT: I thought the ending was too "happily ever after" and did not buy the fact that family and friends weren't more engaged in the protagonist's life or at least status. The first half of the book is fairly slow, but the second half did build momentum and kept me engaged.
The plot was not too bad but the whole story was weak. This could have been a 3 or 4 hour book but it stretched way too long. Not enough substance to keep it going. Really depressing and repetitive. I would not recommend this book.
I'm so glad I haven't seen the movie yet. Every time I thought I figured it out, something was then entered into the story that made me have to change my mind. ..many times. I enjoyed listening to the narrator too.
The first tenth and the last tenth are pretty good. The middle 80%....oh....my...goodness. The tedium. It was not so bad that I quit and gave up, but I came close and it is rare that I don't finish a book. I understand that Christine's days are repetitive due to the memory loss, but the way the author presents this winds up coming across as interminable hand-wringing that gets really old in a hurry. I am hopeful the movie far surpasses the book.
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