"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
A reader. A writer. A listener. A lover of words and stories and adventures.
I was ready to give up on audiobooks again after purchasing three duds that I just couldn't get through. I had heard about this book and read the reviews carefully prior to purchasing it. It was very entertaining and the narrator did quite a good job. Overall it held my interest and, even though it faltered a bit through the middle and has been criticized for its ending, I have to say this is a good debut novel for Watson.
This book is really scary on so many levels. The vulnerable main character suffers ongoing terrible abuse and betrayal. Heavy on the violence, sense of loss and abandonment. A page turner but a cautionary story that is more thriller than anything else. Haunting.
The story was engrossing and suspenseful, with a satisfying finish. I felt for the main character, Christine, and I was excited to see how she would adapt. The story developed believeably, and the ending didn't disappoint. Orlagh Cassidy did a great job of presenting the characters.
Having read rave reviews about this book, I chose not to read more than the basic synopsis. I had no idea what to expect. I'd never heard of the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, and let me stress what a fabulous job she did, nailing the voices for each character, as well as all the emotional nuances. Although there were times I felt the story could have moved along more quickly, I realized later that the slow pace is what makes the whole thing work so well. Other reviewers have, in my opinion, made a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to the 'glitch' of the echo during a small portion of the audio. Yes, it's a bit annoying, but big deal. Bottom line is that this is not a book to rush through. Enjoy the experience, work your way through the echo glitch, and enjoy this wonderfully narrated and well crafted book.
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I loved this book and I recommend it to anyone who likes fiction with a bite. The author keeps your attention all the way through and you just can't walk away. It's frustrating at times because you actually begin to feel the main character's anxiety. It reminds me of "The Usual Suspects" in that you *think* you know what's going on...but you don't.
There are quite a few unnecessary *f*bombs and sensational-like lines that have no effect on the story. We listened in the car and just laughed out loud at the silliness of some of the sensational lines. Be warned if you're listening without earbuds.
I didn't notice the echo-issues other readers have mentioned. Sounded great to me.
Yes! For a first novel, this book is gripping and a little bit terrifying. I couldn't put it down.
I didn't really have a favorite character, but I had a least favorite (towards the end, anyway).
This was my first for Orlagh, but it won't be my last!
The ending had me in tears. I felt so happy and sorry for Chrissy.
Don't plan to get any sleep!
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'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
Part mystery, part chronicle of brain damage. The story pushes you to extrapolate and guess on the real story going on...the really interesting parts are less about her condition (amnesia that restarts every day)than the relationships around her and trust. The plot and culmination aren't shockingly surprising - but the exploration of what it's like to live in a world with lost memory grabbed my interest. The "trust" in others is the big issue. I'd have like more "strange" brain trivia and information mixed in perhaps...the time she spent in hospital is covered quickly but truly frightening...I guess I enjoyed it but would have preferred more about the early experience and less of the "Mystery" of whoddunit. Still it was pretty good, in comparison to many of the memory loss/manipulation tales out there. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, I did enjoy it, but i see the potential for a much better book inside here....
This book was so good! I couldn't stop listening to it. I was shocked when I found out (about 3/4 of the way through) that the author was a man...he did such a great job writing from the perspective of a woman. Also, the way he wrote the book made me feel like I was in Christine's confused mind! Intriguing read! The narrator did a great job also.
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.
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