"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
The story is fine, but every UK English word has been changed to US English.The story takes place in the UK and the main characters are English but their car has a hood, they drive on a highway. Sidewalks, diapers and so many other alterations take you out of the story. I thought to start with that it was a major plot point and Christine would turn out to be an American living in the US. The narrator has been told by the producers to use a cockney/Dick van Dyke accent for all secondary characters, and something from Oliver Twist for the others. When "Christine" is narrating it's fine, but the others are like listening to nails on a "chalkboard ", Brits reading this will notice my American version. Maybe audible UK would be an answer but I was disappointed in the production of this book
In the middle
Whiny, melodic, not enough differentiation
I felt that this book would have been better in print due to the way it was written. I couldn't always tell what was going on because of the journal form and without titles being clearly delineated, it was somewhat confusing. Also, the narrator whined far too much during the more upsetting scenes.
Writer did a good job of wrapping up the fragmented memories, truths and lies. I did feel the confusion and frustration of the main character. But that was because there was not enough happening early enough in the story. Middle of book was a bit repetitive but the ending made up for it.
I didn't expect the story to turn out the way it did! It was a wonderful book with an awesome story line. Lots of detail, but not too much where I would be bored. I'd say the whole last chapter my jaw was dropped. Lol Aalso, the narrator did an excellent job. She depicted the characters so well and her voices were great. I'd listen to her again for sure. Highly recommend this book.
This story could have been told in half the time. It wasn't my taste but I can see where others might like the book. I must remember not to read books about amnesia victims, too repetitive.
This is the first book I've read by this author and probably wouldn't read another.
The narrator read most of the book as if she would burst into tears at any moment. That got old, even though character's circumstances were dire.
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!
This novel is like a Lifetime movie -- a woman in peril, and you can see the ending from a mile away. Apparently the movie based on this book was critically panned, and I can see why -- it's just not ... well, it's certainly not Gone Girl.
I did listen to the entire book, and I thought the narrator was very good. If you want something that you don't have to think much about, and will easily put down for something else more pressing or interesting, then this book is fine. Otherwise, probably not worth spending a credit on.
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