"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 chose this book based on the positive reviews for the book, the positive reviews of the narrator, and the endorsement from Dennis Lehane. I absolutely hated this book and this narrator. It could be better if it had a more compelling premise, a more compelling plot and some character development. The plot line replays over and over for about 80 percent of the book. The main character wakes up each day with no memory and has to read her journal every day to remind herself what happened. And nothing happens to her, it's just memories of her past, her husband and her doctor, repeated again and again. The main character has no context to her life so that would be a bit difficult to flex out her character, so perhaps the supporting characters would give this book some substance. No, that did not happen. They are all one dimension, at best. All the same one dimension by the way.
My bad for choosing a book about mental illness, a tricky subject matter at best. The author failed. Sadly, I felt no empathy for this character, despite that the best efforts of the narrator to make sure I knew what dire circumstances this woman was in.
I know Ms. Cassidy can only be as good as the source material, but she failed to rise above it. She was breathy, melodramatic, and portrayed the character as a whiny paranoid instead of a woman in distress or confusion or scared. She was much better in scenes with dialogue.
You could easily cut out the middle 80 percent of the book and miss nothing. Read Chapters 1 and 2, then skip to the last chapter.
S.J. Watson is not a bad writer, but this book was poorly crafted with a repetitive, implausible plot and one dimensional characters. It was like visiting with that one friend we all have who tells you the same story over and over and over. Not worth it.
I loved the narrator and the way she managed to draw me in as a listener. The story was very interesting, though I have already seen the movie beforehand. So, there were no surprises, but i still very much enjoyed the book.
The voices gave the people in the story more character, Cassidy managed to elevate the story with her voice and kept me interested all the way until the end.
I didn't feel the need to listen to the book all in one setting, but it certainly kept me coming back daily to listen to more.
This was an interesting story that began well and had a nice quick pace, then really drug along quite a bit in the middle. I found myself tuning out a lot in that area, and discovering I missed very little when I did. The narrator was good, but several phrases she used repeatedly got right down into my nerves! The worst of these annoying phrases was the way she spoke"I love you." and how she portrayed Clare and used the same grating tone when Clare would say "Chrissy." The way the narrator spoke these lines, over and over in the same tone, the same feel, the exact same way, didn't show a lot of depth to me, and really drove me nuts. However, overall, she did a good job with a storyline that was just ok. I didn't dislike this book, but it definitely isn't one I will remember in the long run, and it really is simply a dark 50 First Dates.
I do not think that anyone should listen to this book. The story sounded so very interesting but it was basically a waste of time. It was not thrilling, it was not scary, and the reading was terrible.
It was so long and nothing happened till the very end. It was 11 hours of my life that I just feel was wasted. The twist was great but it took so long to get there and you never find out if she gets her memory back which is stupid cause you know there isn't going to be a sequel because who would want to listen to another 11 hours of that?? I wanted to very much to like this book but the story was so slow and nothing ever came of it and it was awful. Only the last hour of the book was actually interesting TEN HOURS OF NOTHING!!
No. All her voices were the same and all the men sounded the same, the inflections were wrong and some of the characters sounded really stupid when I do think they were meant to be stupid. It was just bad.
I would not cut any of the characters, I would just make them all better.
I wish I could not only get my money back but my time. This was a waste of my life. Buy a Frederick Backman book instead, "A Man Called Ove" is way better.
keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I couldn't put it down and the twists and turns were so unexpected at points that they threw me off guard.
I purchased this book because I saw it on a list of "41 most thrilling books you'll ever read" or something like that. Its a good, interesting story but not thrilling. the performance was just OK but it didn't detract from the story too much. Definitely worth a read just don't expect to be hanging on the edge of your seat.
Christine is in a pickle. Every day she wakes up a new person in bed with somebody she doesn't know. She sees in the mirror a middle aged woman when the last thing she can remember she was in her 20s. The ride through this book to finding out what happened to her was giddy, like riding a roller coaster at Six Flags. Thank you for the enjoyment
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