Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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"The best debut novel I've ever read." --Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page." --Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Moonlight Mile

S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this 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.

Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, [2011]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062072597
0062072595
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file: 11 hrs., 32 mins., 22 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Cassidy, Orlagh

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Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

Disappointing. Walked into it on a recommendation from a trustworthy thriller reader, but found the opening insufferably boring and the main plot repetitive. It picked up again in part 3, but I still have to walk away unhappy. It was a plot that sounded so interesting, a dark version 50 First Dates or one of the hundreds of other amnesia driven stories, but instead it played itself out with mediocrity, offering very little new material and ideas. The audiobook narrator is good, though, with a nice control on a big cast of characters.

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SuzeParker
May 24, 2013

Reading this book, one can't help but imagine what it would be like to live in Christine's skin: to wake every morning and be surprised by the twenty-years-too-old face staring back in the mirror, to live with a man who says he is your husband but who seems wholly unfamiliar, to never know if your caretakers -- the only people you know, if even for just a day -- are the very ones who have been, or will be, agents of harm. It's a chilling exercise, and one into which S.J. Watson ushers us. Before I Go to Sleep has a few obvious holes, but because Watson gives us an amnesiac narrator, the reader gets to experience Christine's disquieting uncertainty about the veracity of the past, the trustworthiness of the present and the menace of the future. A good, creepy read.

JCLJenniferM Apr 17, 2013

An intense edge of your seat read with twists and turns. I thought I had it figured out half way through, but alas, Watson had me fooled! Good writing, but a couple illogical details that threw me off. I enjoyed the intensity and the puzzle.

bnotash70 Oct 07, 2012

A woman who had a traumatic brain injury which left her amnesic: every time she went to sleep she forgot everything. She started seeing a psychologist and keeping a secret journal, the psychologist had to call her every day to tell her to find and read her journal so she could remember her story. The man who she lived with kept telling her that he was her husband but was actually her attacker who put her in that condition.

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tallpinetree
May 12, 2012

Much of my rating is because of the reader, whom I usually enjoy, but in this story she made the character whiny. Maybe she was If I had been in her shoes perhaps I would have been whiny, too.

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lukedog
Nov 10, 2011

I was unable to listen to disc 8. It kept skipping.

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