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Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

S J Watson
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Feb. 5 2013

S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with Before I Go to Sleep, a compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and who she can trust.


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“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” (Dennis Lehane)

“Imagine drifting off every night knowing that your memories will be wiped away by morning. That’s the fate of Christine Lucas, whose bewildering internal world is rendered with chilling intimacy in this debut literary thriller. . . . You’ll stay up late reading until you know.” (People (4 stars))

“The summer’s single most suspenseful plot belongs to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. . . . pure page-turner.” (New York Times)

“Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read.” (Tess Gerritsen)

“Memories—real, false, and a bit of both—are at the heart of Watson’s haunting, twisted debut…. Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“This mesmerizing, skillfully written debut novel works on multiple levels. It is both an affecting portrait of the profound impact of a debilitating illness and a pulse-pounding thriller whose outcome no one could predict.” (Booklist (starred review))

“An intriguingly fresh look at the amnesia-focused psychological thriller. . . . A captivating and highly suspenseful read, populated with believable characters who lead the reader through a taut, well-constructed plot.” (Library Journal)

“Watson’s debut novel unwinds as a story that is both complicated and compellingly hypnotic. . . . Watson’s pitch–perfect writing propels the story to a frenzied climax that will haunt readers long after they’ve closed the cover on this remarkable book.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.” (Lionel Shriver)

“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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"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.


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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from beginning to end June 17 2011
By Slomacs
Format:Paperback
First let me say that this book is nothing like Fifty First Dates; the main point being that this is a thriller not a comedy. If you were to compare it to a movie, Momento would be a better choice. Yes, it's another story involving amnesia but it's good.

I read this book in one sitting. The premise is rather simple but the way the story unfolds is completely captivating: a woman wakes up each day unable to remember anything that's happened in the last 20 or so years. The story is her journal as she pieces together her life and dark secrets are slowly revealed. This is a gripping, entertaining and unputdownable thriller and should be the big summer blockbuster this year!!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't sleep 'til you finish it! June 20 2011
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
You might have heard about Before I Go To Sleep - the debut novel of S. J. Watson. You might have heard that it's an addicting, incredibly well crafted, finely honed suspenseful tale that will leave you turning pages long into the night.

Everything you've heard? All that and more! What an amazing debut! Rights have been sold in thirty countries already and the film rights are sold as well.

Christine wakes up early and finds herself in bed with a middle aged man. One she doesn't know and can't quite remember how she got there.

"Usually I can remember how I get into situations like this, but not today. There must have been a party, or a trip to a bar or a club. I must have been pretty wasted. Wasted enough that I don't remember anything at all. Wasted enough to have gone home with a man with a wedding ring and hairs on his back."

She creeps into the bathroom, but the hand that flushes the toilet looks wrong. And when she looks into the mirror, there's a middle aged woman looking back. That can't be her - she's twenty five, that woman is at least 45... And then the man wakes up and tells her who she is - his wife. His wife who had a bad accident that left her with head injuries and severe amnesia. She literally cannot remember anything from day to day.

"You've had amnesia for a long time. You can't retain new memories, so you 've forgotten much of what happened to you for your entire adult life. Every day you wake up as if you are a young woman. Some days you wake as if you are a child."

Ben her husband goes off to work. The phone rings and she answers it - it's a man who says he is a doctor treating her and tells her to look in her closet for her journal. And along with Christine, we read what she remembers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but.... Nov. 8 2011
By M. LeB
Format:Paperback
This book was beautifully written. It was quite interesting to read about amnesia and how it affects the lives of the victim and his/her family. I thought the book dragged on quite a bit however, I was waiting for something to happen, and had to wait until the very end. However, SJ Watson still kept readers somewhat interested with little hints here and there of what was to come, and then toward the end, baffled us with a twist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Be A TOP Book of 2011...Don't Miss It!!! Aug. 23 2011
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I've read on my brand new KOBO e-reader and what a book it was!!! The mystery and suspense kept me turning page after page. The further the story went along, the faster I read and the quicker I turned the pages. This could very well be one of the TOP books for 2011.

The writing is flawless, the characters well-developed, and the story will just absolutely blow you out of the water.

I felt so bad for Christine. Imagine waking up every single morning and not knowing where you were, who the man in bed beside you was, what you were doing there etc. To have to be told anew at the beginning of each day and then lose it all again once sleep comes would be devastating at best. The ending was incredible and one I didn't expect.

This is one book that I will highly, highly recommend to EVERYONE!!! Excellent and very, very well done novel!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down Sept. 20 2011
By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Pros: sympathetic protagonist, good pacing, tension builds to a strong climax

Cons: some plot twists are predictable

Every morning Christine Lucas wakes up next to a stranger: her husband, Ben. An accident has robbed her of the ability to remember the past 20 years and to retain new memories.

She quickly discovers she has been keeping secrets from Ben, in the form of Dr. Nash, a doctor trying to help her regain her memories and a diary she's been keeping for the past few weeks. A diary that has, 'DON'T TRUST BEN', scratched into the front page.

This was a quick read that pulls you in from page one. The plight of a woman who has no idea who she is, who learns things each day and then forgets everything, is gut-wrenching.

Ben is alternately a sympathetic and sinister character. Christine discovers he lies to her, but isn't sure if it's to keep her from feeling grief over the events of the past or for another purpose.

I was able to guess a few things that would happen, but the climax was strong and contained a few twists I didn't predict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. You won't be able to put it down! Nov. 10 2012
Format:Paperback
A well written, exciting book by S.J. Watson. Written so that you felt like you were Christine, experiencing each day as she does. Sure, about 3/4 of the way through you can see what's coming...so what? It's still exciting, still worth the read. Will read it again I'm sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REMember
This is an excellent, gripping, pshychological thriller that will keep you reading for 100s of pages at a time. Incredibly well worked out, and explained by the book's end. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Pmac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Should get, great read, had fun reading it to my Mom, she enjoys it and so did I. not a fan of the font but whatever.
Published 9 days ago by Buyingthings
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre...topic has been tackled before and better
I read this book because of a recommendation from a girl at work. It was apparently the best book she ever read. I absolutely HAD to read it. I would love it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Haven't finished it yet but so far I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation for what is coming up next. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Natalie Ralstin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and suspenseful
This is a real page turner.
I couldn't put it down and Christine's story would haunt me during the day as I longed to escape back to my read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jenna321
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
Before I Go To Sleep is told in first person narration in the perspective of a middle-aged woman, named Christine, who had an accident many years ago (22 years ago, I believe) and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SIKBookReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I was hooked as soon as I picked up this book! Dying to know the truth and just as confused as the main character until the very end, when everything makes perfect sense. Read more
Published 8 months ago by karamay
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!
One of the best books I have ever read! You will not be able to put this book down! I highly recommend this book
Published 8 months ago by Nurse KB
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery
This is a riveting psychological thriller. It is a bit repetitious at the start but worth the effort as the story quickly picks up and carries on through to the conclusion.
Published 8 months ago by Linda Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Easy read. Keeps you guessing and excited for the end. Fastest book I have got through. Highly recommended! Shocking twist at the end!
Published 9 months ago by Amanda Hoffman
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