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Before I Go To Sleep Paperback – Jun 6 2011

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443404063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443404068
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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‘Before I Go To Sleep’ is a tour de force, a haunting tapestry woven from a single woman’s ragged thoughts...' ()

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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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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Slomacs on June 17 2011
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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 20 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre Farant on July 4 2011
Format: Paperback
For the most part thrillers focus primarily on plot while the main character and narrator fall into one of a very limited number of categories. For the most part, the Mc will be brilliant, a member of law enforcement, and highly moral. With this archetype as his or her base, the thriller author has only to paste on a few distinguishing characteristics, making his or her hero a black single dad, a quadriplegic criminalist, or a female forensic anthropologist. In these novels it is the events of the plot that are of importance, not so much the characters who participate in these events.

However, there have been, of late, a string of somewhat more literary thrillers that focus on the mundane aspects of daily life, relying on a unique narrative voice to imbue these otherwise banal events with suspense. Emma Donaghues' novel Room, in which the narrator is a five year old boy who has been raised in captivity, is such a book. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, in which a young girl follows the aftermath of her rape and murder from a heavenly vantage point, is another. These novels create tension and suspense by presenting their plots through a unique lens.

S.J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep is the latter sort of thriller. His narrator is a woman named Christine and she is incapable of creating new memories. Every morning she awakes without any knowledge of the past twenty-odd years. In fact, her lost memories include some that predate the event that led to her condition. Every day begins only with questions and mysteries, so that even the most basic of information is, to her, a shocking revelation. She does not recognize her husband, nor does she remember her wedding day, or the day they met.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. LeB on Nov. 8 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elliot wilson on Dec 6 2014
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the description of this book is extreamly missleading, this book is chick-fiction, half the book is about a woman dealing with the awkardness of unshared intimacy between her and her husband and her shock at being older then she rembers. the mystery aspect is really weak and choppy. the story has no flow and no build up. if your into that buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VR on Oct. 26 2011
Format: Paperback
I could NOT put this book down. I was engrossed throughout the whole novel - trying to figure out what was going to happen with Christine.

The only downfall of the book, was that it seemed it was almost anti-climatic. 3/4 of the book builds the reader up & as the reader, you think you're getting close to a fulfilling, detailed ending. But, before you know it, the book is over & the ending leaves a lot to be desired. Watson definitely could have spent more time developing the ending, instead of wasting the reader's time by repeating over & over that Christine has just woken up & has to look at the photos around the bathroom mirror...
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