"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
I have heard of this story line before; this of course is a new spin on the old story. I found myself trying to figure out the mystery immediately. I figured it out mostly within the first half of the book, but there were some twists. What grabbed me and kept me listening was hte narrator. What an excellent voice and so well paced. If you are as avid a mystery/thriller reader as I am, you might guess the evolving storyline, but don't be totally sure of yourself. There are surprises. The biggest being the discovery of this incredible narrator!
The narrative concept of this novel is unique and clever in execution. It is rare that an epistolary style can be maintained without becoming intrusive and artificial. Having said that, though, the ending disappoints and feels rather rushed. Most works in this genre have this problem but I don't know the answer. I would be angry if authors didn't tie up the questions with a plot conclusion but I am rarely satisfied. This ending was no exception--a bit too neat and unlikely--but the book itself I really enjoyed enhanced by a talented reader.
It may be that the novel works so well because the author clearly is taken with the definition of self. Are we the sum of our memories or is personality something contained and separate?
It is rare that I get so caught up in a novel that I listen to it straight through like I did this one. My final opinion is that this novel is sort of like life: absorbing in spots and at times terrifying but ultimately unsatisfying. :)
I'm afraid I'm not a fan. This felt a lot like a novel that should've been a short story -- or a novella at most. The pacing was glacial, and unfortunately the characters weren't nuanced or well-developed enough to bear up to that level of scrutiny. Just not much there there. And you'll see the end coming from around the third chapter on. Not a terrible book but definitely not an inspired one either.
It was a good book but it felt so dragged on. I felt bad for Christine but I could not stand Orlagh Cassidy's voice , it made Christine sound like she was whining rather than distressed or scared . I think, in my opinion , had I read it on my own first or heard another person reading the story I might I have liked it better . It was suspenseful but no thriller .
This story is seriously drawn out. The first half of the story is the same thing over and over. You could read the first two chapters and then skip to the last three and not miss a beat.
Great book, absorbing story , couldn't stop listening to find out what happens. Recommended for anyone wanting a really absorbing book.
Compelling story..riveting suspense throughout. Brilliant tour de force that Mr. Watson created such a convincing female persona as Christine to bring us through this cerebral thriller.
Yes actually I would. The narrator, Orlagh Cassidy is really fantastic. She made the story so much more mysterious. I've never thought of this until after I finished this book, but a good narrator who obviously knows the story can really lead you on with their voice. I could not "put my earbuds" down.
I don't want to give it away here so I'll just say that I liked Christine best.
Everything. The mystery in her voice was excellent. She did not give anything away and made me wonder the entire time what was really going on. I loved her performance and am now looking for other books narrated by her.
Keeps you wondering!
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