Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep

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'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 only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 26mm | 398g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0857520180
  • 9780857520180
  • 13,142

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"Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read." Tess Gerritsen 20101027
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"A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller."--Lionel Shriver "Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read."--Tess Gerritsen "A deeply unsettling debut that asks the most terrifying question--what do you have left when you lose yourself?"--Val McDermid "An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page."--Dennis Lehane "Combining the psychological screw-tightening of Patricia Highsmith with the high concept of Memento, S.J. Watson's BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is an amnesia thriller you won't soon forget."--Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls and The Guardians "A truly amazing debut. The central character, Christine, is beautifully drawn. It's hard to imagine a more compelling, believable and sympathetic portrayal of a damaged human being. I loved it from start to finish."--Mo Hayder, international bestselling author of Birdman "Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page and satisfying in its thriller ending."--Anita Shreve
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About S. J. Watson

S J Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, Before I Go To Sleep has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2011.
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235,028 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 29% (67,481)
4 40% (93,566)
3 24% (56,381)
2 6% (13,550)
1 2% (4,050)

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It's weird how my reading often seems to form patterns around certain themes. Until very recently I'd never read a book where the protagonist's memory reset while they slept. All of a sudden, I've read two in the last week! The first was Forgotten, by Cat Patrick and you can see my review of that piece of awesomeness around here somewhere. While Forgotten was brilliant, it it was also clearly written for the YA audience. That is not to undersell it in anyway. It was amazing! Before I Go To Sleep is like the growed-up version of the story. Christine wakes up every day thinking that she's a child, only to have to confront the image of the ageing woman who looks back at her from the mirror. She has to piece together her existence based on the limited information that she can lean from Ben, the husband she meets for the first time every morning, and the journal her doctor has suggested she keep a secret. Watson creates tension superbly as Christine's days roll by. Each journal entry is like a piece of a puzzle. As the narrative progresses, the audience, along with the first person, epistolary narrator, begin to realise that some of the pieces she is being given by her husband don't quite fit the picture that is forming through her diary entries. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Christine's confused and limited perspective allows the story to blossom slowly, intriguingly. The only irk I had with the book was just how excellently it was written. I felt that a woman who woke up thinking she was a child might not have such a sophisticated way with words. Still, that's not much of an irk, is it? This is definitely worth a more
by Laura Williams
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing the whole way through- and then reguessing!show more
by Karen Crawford
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