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Before I Go To Sleep

by S Watson

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | June 6, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Before I Go To Sleep is rated 4.0845 out of 5 by 71.
Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. But it''s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband''s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities -- tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life -- and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine''s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory? Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.99 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404063

ISBN - 13: 9781443404068

Found in: Fiction and Literature
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before I Go To Sleep Purchased book and read it in less than 2 days, couldn't put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed, would highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from creepy I really enjoyed this book. I wanted to just sit down and read until I was finished but I had to go to work. I thought about it and tried to figure out where the plot was going even when I wasn't reading it. Although it was repetitive, the repetition was necessary to create a believable story line. Emotionally, this book drew out feelings of confusion and anxiety from me. And I was totally creeped out, with that creepy crawly feeling, at the end.
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning debut Christine wakes up everyday not knowing where she is or who she is. Until she reads her journal. And then she knows only what she can remember thanks to her doctor, a man her husband doesn't want her to see anymore. And while she is finding herself, she must slowly find out what really happened to her and what her future holds. This was a novel I couldn't stop reading as Christine's story is slowly revealed.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I highly recommend this read. WOW! Just finished reading this book in 2 days...could not put it down. I found my self constantly guessing what the ending was going to be, and changing my mind multiple times...which makes for a thrilling read. I wouldn't normally write a review on a book, but was so blown away by how great it was that I logged on within minutes of finishing it to give my opinion. Can't wait for the movie.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated out of 5 by from Wow, amazing read! This book is a real page turner, and I couldn't wait to see how this story ended. This is a good light read, but it still does have depth and a well though out story line.
Date published: 2013-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Give It A Go Intriguing and unique as it addresses the theme of memory loss. I found myself 'within the book' empathizing with the struggles and questions plaguing the main character. The storyline picks-up steam as it continues towards its climactic ending. Good, bad or otherwise, based on personal reading preference, it felt like the book was written for film or television - meaning it felt formulaic. Nonetheless, it did not affect my enjoyment and engagement with the story.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! I absolutely LOVED this book!! This is one of the most captivating books I've read in a while! I had doubts about this book before I bought it because of the synopsis, but it never gets repetitive or boring. It's the opposite; you start reading this book and you can't put it down! Can't wait to see the movie with Nicole Kidman as Christine and Colin Firth as Ben!!
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, but not great It was not as good as I hoped for, based on the cover and the synopsis. But, it was a solid book, I did not find it predictable, just not completely polished as a finished product.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! This book is incredible! It kept my attention until the end. It was my book of the year. The end was the best part. If you don't have this book... BUY IT! :)
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved the twists in this book. A book that just wouldnt let me put it down. I can't wait to compare the movie to it.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre The ending was exciting, but predictable. Over all it was mediocre.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting plot I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an easy, fast read. The plot is unique and very interesting but I thought there were aspects of both the plot and the writing that seemed very technical, like something straight out of writing 101. Perhaps I am biased because I read the little bio of the author on the back cover and knew from the start that this was a book written during his creative writing training. In my personal opinion, it did not have the flow and mastery of an experienced writer and as a result, I found the story slightly hard to believe at times. Overall however, the book kept my attention throughout its entirety and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think this author has incredible potential and I will definitely be reading his next novel.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending Sometimes it was hard to believe that the main character wasn't remembering things - but this is often the case with memory loss due to a traumatic event. I loved the twists in the plot and suspected what was coming only slightly before the author let the cat out of the bag....all of the characters seem sinister at different times. Great read, hard to put down.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turning thriller Christine wakes up every morning not knowing who she is or what has happened to her. She suffers from a rare form of amnesia that prevents her from forming new memories and has spent the last 20+ years of her life this way. Things start to unravel when she starts a daily journal with the help of a psychiatrist. What is the lie and what is the truth? Every day she struggles to find the answer. An excellent thriller, lots of twists, kept me guessing right to the end. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ending.... I enjoyed this book and at times had a hard time putting it down. There were some parts that were kind of slow, but for the most part, I thought it was a good story line. The ending blew me away.....wasn't expecting the ending to be like that.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg! I was hooked right away! read this book in a day! best book I've read all year!
Date published: 2012-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely gripping!! I'm usually a very picky reader, and it takes me a while to get into books, but I was hooked off the first page. I could not put this book down until I was finished, and even then, I didn't want too. I was thrown into the emotions of this book at 100 kph!! Best book I've read in a while, and have been reccomending it to everyone I know!!
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! This is truly a mind-gripping thriller. One of the best books I have read to date. When one wakes up and nothing is what it seems to be...and the person closest to you cannot be trusted...Awesome!
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was amazing. It begins with a woman who wakes up 20 years older than she thought she would be, due to amnesia- memory loss. Every morning her husband has to convince her that she's married and has been for the past 20 years. Though her husband disapproves her receiving any form of treatment for her amnesia, she secretly meets a doctor and he encourages her to keep a private journal, and not to tell her husband about it. She quickly realizes that her husband lies to her about her past and very important information about her life. The plot thickens as you read, you get to know the character as she gets to know herself, and the ending is AMAZING. A must-read; it's inspiring, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and everything unravels as you get to the end. Love love loved it!
Date published: 2012-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I started to read it last night (not a good idea, I had trouble closing it to go to bed) and I finished it today. I have enjoyed every moment of it!
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST read This is probably the best book I've read in a very long time. After reading I thought to myself, "now what? nothing is going to top this..." There is no predicting what will happen next. So well written, so exciting, and an absolute must for everyone to read. Whenever someone was around when I was reading they would laugh at me because I couldn't help from gasping and yelling, "WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!", and "Whoooooaaaa!". Loved it.
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated out of 5 by from This is a great book!
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAGE TURNER This book was a great read! It filled me with suspense and I could not put it down, it was a little bit repetative but thats what the book is about. If you read it don't skip a page, you'll miss all the subtle changes. What a thrilling read!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was Okay.. Like many others have said, it was quite repetitive (which I expected it to be anyways). The story took a while to get into. I started it and actually put it down for a couple months before I decided to finish it. The last few chapters were the best, but it was actually very easy to guess what was going to happen near the end... I was not surprised with the ending so was left quite disappointed. I still do not regret reading it, but definitely wish it was written a little better.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reminiscent of Memento, this is a great page-turning mystery! Christine suffers from a rare form of amnesia after an accident from many years ago. Each day, she wakes up with no memory whatsoever of the days gone by. Each day, her identity and her past experiences are a mystery to her and each day her husband reminds her of what her life is like with painstaking repetition. As she undergoes treatments with a doctor, Christine begins to wonder if her loving husband is telling her the full story. Reminiscent of the 2000 movie Memento, Christine’s life is pieced back together before our eyes. Mostly told through her own journal entries, we learn about her past at the same time she is. I was very curious as to how this whole book would play out. Would it be repetitive, having to re-live each day with the main character? No, not at all. Watson is extremely good, and careful, about not reiterating too much of the same thing. The growing sense of urgency that is established also played really well into the narrative. We needed to find out what happened to her, we had to find out what these other characters’ motivations were. Seeing the world through an amnesiac’s eyes, is not only frustrating but also eye-opening. Even without the catalyst of an accident or traumatic event, many families that have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s go through a similarly repetitive motion, potentially many times a day. Getting a real sense of Christine’s confusion with each day that she wakes up not knowing who or where she is, it’s a horrifying thought to imagine someone going through. Never knowing quite who to trust, Before I Go To Sleep leads the readers on a page-turning mystery that will leave you racing to find out what happens. What I initially thought was a regular drama, this book ended up being one of suspense and mystery. I had already heard many great things about it, but it still surpassed my expectations. Fantastic read. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Incredibly Slow This book was incredibly slow. You will have to wait till the last few chapters for something to happen.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I skipped 100 pages in the middle of the book and still felt like I got the just of the book. It does get better but wow its a long painful ride for about 200 pages!
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! The book had a slow start which was making me fall asleep but I kept reading and eventually picked up and I couldn't put it down . Not the best I have read but fairly good, would recommend!
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I loved this book, it was original and keeps you wondering until the very last page. Every woman should read this book, truly fantastic.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful plot. And writing. This book is probably the best book I've read this year. The plot is absolutely amazing, and very refreshing. This book really gives you an insiders' perspective on individuals who suffer from amnesia. I especially enjoyed the ending, because it was sort of what I had guessed already. The description the website gives is sort of mundane, but the book, is nothing but extraordinary. It's also really amazing to see that S. J. Watson, a person who studied physics in college (what I essentially deem a scientist), was able to write so eloquently.
Date published: 2012-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING READ!!!! This book is great! Took me just a few days to finish it! I was at work reading cause I could not put it down! I would (and have) recommend this book to anyone who is interest in nail-biting, edge of your seat, can't put it down, kind of book :)
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! The story started off slow but picked up the pace the more I got into it. I found it to be a great read.
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow start I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, as the reviews seemed to contain rants and raves and everything in between. My review is one of the in between ones. The story is very slow to start, and almost annoying as Christine repeats the same details every morning when she wakes up. I understand what the author was attempting, but it was a little too redundant. Very close to the end of the book, I found it did turn into a page turner, but it was too little, too late. I don't see myself reading this again, as I don't think I could make it through the first 3/4 again.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Story I literally could not put this book down until finished! an amazing story with new events in every page! you can not possibly get bored with this book! Awesome bood! Loved it!
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous novel I couldn't put this book down. While it does get off to a slow start, it just keeps getting better and better as you go along. S.J. Watson did a fabulous job of putting us in Christine's head. We feel her confusion and her fears. I eagerly anticipate a second novel from this author.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Readable Fast read, but was slightly repetitive, which I understand is part of the telling of the story. Sorry, didn't see where all the excitement was.
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A real snooze Very disappointed in this book...best part of the book was the last chapter. Very slow moving, repetitive writing and not enough of intrigue to carry you through the book. If you buy it, buy it on sale....
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. Couldn't put it down I thought this book was great. Read it in 3 days. Would recommend it to anyone who loves a good fiction novel.
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Repetitive and underwhelming I should preface that I do not, as a rule, read this genre of book because I never find them to be either thrilling or suspenseful. However, having read the reviews here on Indigo, I thought I would give this one a try. For the most part, I found the main character, Christine (who is suffering from amnesia and starts each day wondering who and where she is), to be unsympathetic and annoying to the point that I could have cared less what the climactic event was that lends itself to her ongoing dilemma. I also found that the cast of characters who assist Christine each day to piece her life together were underdeveloped and/or unbelievable in their elaborate scheme of lies or sins of omission to keep the main character confused to the very end of this meandering mess. Before I go to sleep tonight, I will post this book for resale under the heading of Like New and hope that when I wake tomorrow that I will have forgotten I ever read it.
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! A must read...I really loved it, could not put it down!
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I really loved this book, could not put it down!
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenominal This book was honestly the best start to my new year! I've never felt so connected to the main character before as much as I was with Christine in the story. This book was one that I honestly couldn't stop reading! I'd honestly recommend this book to anyone at all! Especially those interested in a good suspense-filled story or who appreciate a psychological type of storyline as well.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book is a very light and ejoyable read. It kept me interested from beginning to end. I will definetly look for other books written by S.J. Watson.
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from you won't sleep through this one... What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories? Memories are a bit of a problem for the protagonist of SJ Watson’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep. Twenty years ago, Christine was in a serious accident that left her without the ability to retain memories. That means every morning she wakes up in a room she doesn’t recognize, with a husband she doesn’t remember and in a body she’s troubled to discover is twenty years older than it should be. She muddles through the day, trying to piece her fractured life back together – with the knowledge that she’s going to have to do it all over again the next day. That’s right: she goes to sleep and her brain erases all the memories of the day. Before I Go To Sleep was my book club’s first read for 2012 and was also my pick. We had a lively discussion about the book’s merits and I am happy to say that with a few minor caveats, the women in my group (except for one) generally enjoyed the book. The general concensus was that Watson did an admirable job of writing a convincing female – not an easy task, I don’t think. We had a little bit of a debate about the novel’s structure. At least one person was put off by constantly having to re-read the story, rediscovering memories as Christine did. I actually think that it was deftly handled. If I am feeling frustrated by having to hear stuff over and over, imagine how trapped by her circumstances Christine must be feeling. I alo think Watson was striving to write something more than just a thriller – although he did that quite handily. I think he was trying to say something about memory and how our memories shape us. It’s a fear of mine, really, to be old and not know my children or the other people who have been important to me. Christine’s situation means that she is forced to learn painful information over and over again – and it’s heartbreaking. The book had me in its iron grip until the last 50 or so pages- when I have to say that it fell apart for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t buy a certain part of it (and, really, it’s almost impossible to talk about without giving anything away), let me just say this: too much convenient exposition. Too neat. That said, Before I Go To Sleep was a great way to kick off our 12th reading year.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably gripping! This book is about a woman's emotional upheaval caused by her tremendous memory loss of many years of her life. It starts out as a personal memoir and ends as an emotionally and intellectually charged thriller. I could not stop reading it until the very end - every chapter added a new twist to the plot!
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. What an amazing book. From the first chapter, you are left hanging until the very end. Couldn't imagine what was around the next corner, and couldn't put it down until I could find out what was next. A great read.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I too thought this book wasn't going to be that great. The first chapter I was thinking it wasn't that great but then it got started and I was hooked! I just had to keep reading chapter after chapter. Loved it and can't wait to see what the movie is like.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great debut! Wow! What a fantastic book! My library has a little table where they keep the bestsellers – books that are high on the charts, thus only available for a week-long loan. No holds, no renewals. Normally, when I take a book out, I’ll put a hold on it online and pick it up at the library. However, I was wandering aimlessly, killing time before my book club meeting (2 hours to be exact – I have no concept of planning) and I saw these shelves. Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson, was on my Wishlist for the last few weeks, so I decided to take it out. I was a little worried since I only had it for a week, so the night I took it out I started to read. After pausing to go to bed (even the most avid reader must give in to sleep), I couldn’t put it down. Before I Go To Sleep is the story of Christine. She wakes up and has no idea who she is, where she is, or who the man next to her is. Every day is like this–she goes to sleep and wakes up with no memory, only having to piece it together in the morning with the help of her husband. Though she’s not sure if he’s telling her everything. I would classify this book as a psychological-mystery-thriller novel. It was kind of like The Bourne Identity, or Memento. We know something happened to Christine to affect her memory and the whole story is thrown in motion, giving us more pieces to the puzzle as to who Christine is and what happened. My mouth dropped so many times at all the twists and turns throughout the novel, which made for a great mystery. As you read it you’re going to be coming up with stories of your own as to what happened–I know I did–and, if you’re like me, you’ll realize you didn’t have a clue. The funny thing about this book is the character development. Since Christine has amnesia, we don’t know much about her character–it builds throughout the novel. As it’s told from her perspective, all of the secondary characters aren’t completely fleshed in the beginning. It was such a unique thing that we’d learn a little more about each character throughout the entire novel, rather than seeing their life sketched out in the beginning. The pacing is fantastic–a great balance between the suspense and emotional drama. This book was intense. When I finished reading it I couldn’t help but keep thinking about what was going on, what Christine was going through–I don’t want to give away anything, so you’re just going to have to read it. Don’t worry about it being a short loaner–you won’t be able to put it down. This was the debut novel of S. J. Watson–I can’t wait to see what he releases in the future.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Been there, done that! This book was not original. Did I give it a fair chance? Probably not, but I couldn't get past page 20... yawn!
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I cannot say a bad thing about this book! I LOVED it. For me this was the perfect combination of mystery and romance. With neither one be overdone. When I first read the description of the book, and even after buying it and reading it, All i could think was "A man wrote this???" It was unbelievable, that i could get such a clear picture of Christine. S.J. Watson did an excellent job!!!
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from When you can't trust your own memory How do you know whom to trust when you can't even trust your own memory? That's what you'll be asking yourself while reading Before I Go To Sleep. A sort of thriller-style 50 First Dates, it's not very deep, but a fun, page-turning read. A traumatic incident leaves Christine with a particular form of amnesia, which makes her unable to retain new memories for longer than about twenty-four hours. Every morning her husband, Ben, has to introduce himself to her and explain what's happened. On the suggestion of a new doctor, Christine starts keeping a journal. One morning she opens it to find a warning to herself: "Don't trust Ben." Reading Christine's journal, trying to decipher the contradictory stories her husband tells her on different days, piecing these together with the fragments of memory that come back to her -- it's quite a fun mystery and there's the extra stress and urgency given that she has to start pretty much from scratch every morning. The suspense of Before I Go To Sleep is skillfully drawn-out. However, I never got totally absorbed by the story because the characters were a bit too shallow to care much about. Maybe this is an unfair complaint: it might be deliberate that we know little about Christine's personality, since, with her memory loss, she doesn't have much sense of her own life herself. In her journal, she wonders, "What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?" But still, it's a bit disappointing when a book is filled with stock characters in stock relationships (though some are only revealed as the mystery unfolds). Overall, this is a fun, plot-driven read. It would probably make a good movie of the psychological thriller genre.
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Un-put-down-able There was no sleeping once I started this book. Every section/chapter break was a mini-cliffhanger. I read this book over a few days and couldn't wait to see how it resolved. It is definitely reminiscent of the movie Memento (which is also absolutely worth seeing), but still made for a fascinating, fast-paced, un-put-down-able thriller. Pick this up when you have a block of time to devote; it will keep you up at night!
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn fest I had to read this book, since my mother was such a fan and could not stop raving about it. I was sorely disappointed. Christine is an amnesiac because of an accident, and lives day to day, neither remembering she is married or what she has done the past 20-30 years. The story revolves around her journal, where each entry she writes about discovering all the details about her life, and using it help piece together all that missing time. I found it repetitive and boring, the characters one dimensional and lacking any suspense or pizazz. I actually skipped through a few parts, something I RARELY ever do, simply because I got bored but wanted to know how it all ended. Not recommended.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing I am half way through -- I want to keep reading because I am enjoying the book so much BUT don't want to because I don't want the story to ever end.
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sounds Interesting... But very much like two movies that have been done ages ago-- Memento and 50 First Dates. I like the description and reviews I've read, so I will still give it a chance, and report back my official comments :)
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok, repetive The story turns around in circles as each day she reads a journal to catch up to her current situation as she has amnisia. I found it repetitive in that way. The end is quite abrupt, no details as what really happened behind that closed door.
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick but great read I really enjoyed this novel. It's a fast read but suspenseful and keeps you turning the pages. I thought part way through that I would get tired of the "she woke up and didn't know who she was" routine but the author was able to change it up and keep it interesting. I wouldn't say the writing was profound but it was well written. I would recommend it!
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding! One of the best books I've read in a long time! A real page turner; didn't want to put it down!
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite ! One of my favourite books ! Read the whole thing in one day! Absolutley terrific! After finishing it left me wanting to read more. Incredible story that leaves you wondering with each page read.
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I read this book in two days. From start to finish it kept me on edge. I passed it along to my mother who loved it as well. It is now in the hands of my grandmother. A definite must read.
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Great An extraordinarily written book. It's both beautiful and mysterious all the way through. Following Christine on her journey to discover her past while she struggles to remember her present. Absolutely a great read Can't wait to see what this great writer comes up with next.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Solid Thriller The problem I usually have with psychological thrillers is that I can't just read the story and let the author take me where they want me to go. I must fight against it, and try to solve the mystery before it's time - and most of the time I do just that and am left feeling disappointed in the story. So of course it goes without saying, I picked up Before I Go To Sleep fully intending to do the same thing. However SJ Watson did a few things to throw me off my game. First of all, this is story is a slow building one, he is filling in the details with every page, but refuses to give the reader any climaxes at all. I felt like I was constantly on the verge of a climactic event, which of course I was trying to figure out, but in doing so, I was constantly pulled away from drawing the bigger picture! Also, he wrote a really good story. Despite the mystery, I genuinely wanted to find out how Claire came to have amnesia, and whether or not her therapy would help restore her memory, which of course caused me to let go of trying to figure out the ending. Although I admit it, I didn't figure out the mystery exactly, I was pretty darn close, but because Watson didn't start weaving the pieces together until the last 50 pages or so, I was able to fully enjoy this novel. I will warn you though, if you need a book to be neatly tied up at the end, you may be frustrated. I really loved that as a reader, I am left to wonder what will happen in the characters lives next, I know a lot of people would be happier with an epilogue. I can easily recommend this novel to everyone - pick it up!
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended One of the best and innovative mysteries I have read in years. Very hard to put down. Do NOT turn to the end before reading the whole book. Even the dustjacket is unique.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down 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.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down I was heading out on a trip and stopped by Chapters to find something new to read while on the plane. BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP caught my eye, and I was not disappointed that I picked it up. This is a first book for S. J. Watson, who wrote this gripping novel between his shifts at a hospital in England, where he works as an audiologist. The main character Christine, wakes each morning not knowing where she is, who she is, what avenues her life has taken before. But like every storm cloud the sun begins to shine through and a beacon of light appears. Past feelings conjure images in her mind and her own life story begins to unfold and reveal itself; but it is not the way others want her to remember. Before I go to sleep...........I kept reading this novel and couldn't put it down. Bravo! I can't wait for S. J. Watson's next book.
Date published: 2011-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Be A Top Book of 2011....Don't Miss It!!! Story Description: Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities -- tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life -- and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory? Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems. My Review: 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!!!
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read: Psychological Thriller What a wonderful debut novel this is...a first-rate psychological thriller that kept me on the edge from start to finish. Started yesterday, had to finish it today! About half way through I thought I had figured out what was going on...well, maybe I did, maybe I didn't...you find out! No matter, I could not put this one down. Just think...you wake up every morning with no memory of the day before. You rely on the words in your journal to bring your world back into focus. And then what happens when some things just don't start to add up or make any sense?? This is the life of Christine, a woman living in London...a woman with a past she can't remember and a future she can't really look forward to. Her face, the man she sleeps beside, the house she lives in...all strange to her, all a mystery until day after day it's explained to her...over and over again. Well written, a nice pace, a great summer book.
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I had read a lot of good reviews about this book and was really looking forward to reading it. Turned out to be very disappointing. Felt like movies I had seen and other books I had read with similar plots. The intrigue was moderately interesting but the climax only a mild surprise. I didn't get attached tot he main character at all.
Date published: 2011-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I went to sleep, I had to finish this novel! Wow... it's been a long time since I've picked up a book on a whim knowing nothing about it and stayed up until 3am to start and finish it in one go. This novel is gripping from page one and keeps you wanting to turn the page faster and faster. I can't say enough good things about SJ Watson's debut novel. It's absolutely fantastic!
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay.. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5. Don't get me wrong it was a very good novel like a very interesting plot and ideas but they were repetitive and it slowed the book down. I understand that okay she lost her memory so everyday is the same but the author could've took out some parts to make it shorter. I did in fact enjoy the ending though that was the best part since she figures out what happend to her and some parts were definitely suspensful (end) but the middle and beginning was very slow and dragged on. That is just my point of view on this book. It was a thriller... just a very slow one that was not straight to the point.
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page-Turner You Won't Want to Put Down Make sure you have a good chunk of time to set aside for this debut novel because once you start it you won’t want to put it down. This gripping, suspense-filled psychological thriller by British author S.J.Watson is truly a page-turner. Christine Lucas is a 47 year old woman who has an unusual form of amnesia where she is unable to remember her past or even what has happened the day before. She wakes up each morning next to a man with greying hair who says he is her husband, Ben, and that she was in a car accident that robbed her of her memory. Each morning, after Ben goes to work, Christine also gets a phone call from a psychologist named Dr. Nash who says he is treating her for her amnesia and for her to look in her closet for a journal where she has been recording her memories, but he doesn't want her to tell Ben that he is treating her. We read the journal along with Christine as she tries to piece together her past. However, the closer she comes to the truth, the more questions she has and the more unbelievable it seems. There are many twists and turns in this book that will keep you riveted. It will keep you thinking right until the surprising conclusion. As Christine has more and more memory flashes, you wonder along with her if she should trust her husband or Dr. Nash. I'm not normally a fan of the thriller genre, but I loved this book. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great read.
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't sleep until you turn the last page! 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. Until she goes to sleep and forgets it all again..... Can you just imagine waking up with no memory and reading a journal you've written with what you've learned or remembered about yourself? Every day. As we get further and further into her journal everyday, the questions arise - should Christine trust the doctor - or her husband? S. J. Watson has done a phenomonal job at intensifying the suspense and building on it in subtle layers. I was reminded of classic Alfred Hitchcock films. The ratcheting tension is thoroughly delicious. The cover art is great too, with the fogged mirror and the woman peering through. Loved it, loved it, loved it!! Be warned - you won't be getting too much shut eye yourself until you turn the last page of Before I Go To Sleep.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic!!! Christine wakes up every single morning not knowing who she is, where she is and even who the man she is sleeping with is. She walks into the Bathroom and is shocked to see a middle-aged woman staring at her. She believes she is in her 20s. Ben, her husband must re-acquaint her to him and her environment every single day. Once Ben has left for work Christine receives a call from Dr. Nash to tell her where her hidden diary is. The first words in the diary are Do not trust Ben. Dr. Nash unbeknownst to Ben has been seeing Christine and encouraging her to keep a diary of everything she learns about herself. As the diary grows so do Christine's questions. This is a fabulous thriller which will severely impact your life because you simply won't get anything else done until the book is finished. I did not see the twist coming and it is a great one. Will look forward to more books from S. J. Watson
Date published: 2011-05-27

– More About This Product –

Before I Go To Sleep

by S Watson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.99 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404063

ISBN - 13: 9781443404068

From the Publisher

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. But it''s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband''s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities -- tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life -- and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine''s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory? Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

About the Author

S. J. Watson lives in London.Before I Go to Sleepis his first novel, and was a major bestseller in many countries around the world.

Editorial Reviews

''Before I Go To Sleep'' is a tour de force, a haunting tapestry woven from a single woman''s ragged thoughts...'' -CrimeSquad.com ()
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