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Before I Go To Sleep
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2012
The synopsis nothing short of brilliant but when you take away the overly flowery prose you are left reading quite a few journal entries that change very little from day to day. The book dragged on and on and on, especially after I had guessed the ending halfway through. This book would have made a fantastic short story or novella.
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on April 17, 2013
This book is great and all, but like a previous commenter said, I felt like it just dragged on forever with nothing really happening. It was interesting to see her daily struggles and it was always exciting to see how she would react to things when she woke up the next day, but other than that nothing really happens until the end. And I mean nothing. Had a very hard time finishing this book.
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on March 20, 2015
It's as if the water for her tea boiled and she had to quickly figure out how to wrap everything up. Where once there was painful detail to her story, repeated endlessly, suddenly there is a coming together of all parties with flimsy or no explanation, and preposterous situations created out of thin air. Oh well. 'All's well that ends...'
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
After reading the first couple chapters of this novel, the voice of Christine, the main character, didn't ring true. Something was wrong. So, I turned to the inside of the back of the book and found out what was up. S.J. Watson is man, a fledgling author writing from a woman's perspective. While Wally Lamb was able to pull it off, S.J. didn't. A man needs strong feminist sensibilities to avoid stereotypical female characterization for the protagonist. I may have gotten over that except for the bland writing style and repetition. It is unnecessary to start the first umpteen chapters with Christine waking up every morning not knowing who she or the man sleeping beside her is. Twice would have been sufficient. While I understand the author's dilemma of how to show the horror of waking each day with twenty years missing, I just wanted the story to begin. As the end of the tale approached, I crossed my fingers with the hope that the climax would be a surprise. It wasn't. When I put the book down, I was relieved that I didn't have to read any more mechanical sentences. The novel was written as part of a novel writing course and it shows. What I find hard to believe is that the instructor didn't point out the danger of starting a novel with "waking", then continuing the mistake chapter after chapter. One other annoying thing for me was the lack of "place". The novel was set in London but it had no Britishness. Not one British phrase or word. Perhaps it was purposeful but I didn't like it. I understand this novel will be made into a movie and I suspect it will translate well into a screenplay and be marketed a taut thriller.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Was looking forward to reading Before I Go To Sleep and enjoyed the first 250 but, then it became predictable & monotonous. As for the ending, you knew the twist was coming so no surprise. Character development isn't one of the strong suits of the novel, neither is it's originality. Good as a quick read but, lacks depth if you're looking for something with more substance.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
This book is unfortunately over-rated. It's a very poor (not to mention repetitive) rip-off of the film "Memento" lacking in originality or intelligent plotting. The "twist" is telegraphed very badly, very early in the book and the ending is pure Hollywood schlock -predictable and ridiculous. Please don't waste your time on this book since there are far more worthwhile books available to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
I had read so many good reviews about this book! It turned out to be disappointing. There was at least a moderately good intrigue but felt like books and movies that I'd seen and read before. I didn't get attached to the main character at all and the climax was only a mild surprise.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2011
This book is incredibly predictable. The twists are clumsy and cliche and author S.J. Watson uses the characters amnesia to needlessly draw the plot out for 358 pages.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
I found the book to be repetitive, few interesting characters, even the "surprise" ending was not plausible to my way of thinking.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
My decision to purchase this book was based as much on the claims of writers such as Dennis Lehane and Andrew Pyper, their blurbs appearing on the dust jacket extolling the 'nerve jangling' suspense and 'amnesia thriller you won't soon forget' virtues of this first novel by S. J. Watson as much as any other reason one chooses to buy a book penned by an unfamiliar author. So, my review is perhaps more critical of the publisher's marketing ploys rather than the merit of Watson's prose. This is a woman's book, pure and simple. It is about 'feelings', 'relationships', 'motherhood', and most of all, 'guilt' and no doubt those qualities can make for a compelling read. But that was not what I was looking for. I found it as suspenseful as an American daytime soap opera and as thrilling as watching raindrops sidling down a wet pane of glass...which left me feeling...well, cheated.
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