Before I Go To Sleep by S J WatsonBefore I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Before I Go To Sleep

byS J Watson

Paperback | June 6, 2011

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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.
S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London. His first novel was the award-winningBefore I Go to Sleep, which has sold over four million copies in more than forty languages around the world. It was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.
Title:Before I Go To SleepFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:June 6, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443404063

ISBN - 13:9781443404068


Rated 5 out of 5 by from So slow, but then it gets good. I admit, it took me months to finish this book. The beginning was so slow, but if you wait it out, it is so worth it! The story gets so good! There's the hugest plot twist that honestly made me gasp.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! A great page turner with lots of twists and turns in the plot.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! I loved this book, kept me guessing the entire time. Very different from most books in this genre
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I read this book before seeing the movie, but I love the book more because of the detail you get. This was so well written you feel this woman's pain and confusion! A must read.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book could not put this book down! absolutely loved it! it will keep you guessing!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book of all time! You'll never guess the ending.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from suprised! I don't usually like books that don't have a lot of dialogue between characters, so this book being written in a diary format for a large portion of it made me a little leery. To my surprise I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Kept me sucked in the story and on the edge of my seat the entire way through! Really good.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Definitely a book I had trouble putting down. Kept me guessing till the end.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it The plot was amazing and I absolutely loved the read. A few chapters in the middle of the book got a little repetitive, but overall the book was hard to put down. It had me hooked from the get go.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've Ever Read I don't know what made me pick up this specific book, but I'm glad I did. It was so good from start to finish. One of those books that makes you lose hours of sleep because you can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ugh Not the best read, slow and sad. But it did have an interesting ending!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Ever Read Kept me at the edge of my seat the whole novel. Didn't expect the ending at all! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! What a great thriller book. It was so well written, it left you constantly wondering. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love a mystery that I don’t have figured out by the middle of the book. I couldn’t put this one down and I loved the ending!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MEH. Did not enjoy this book at all so slow.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I could not put this book down. It was a unique thriller and I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Repetitive I really disliked this book. Maybe it was all the hype I had heard surrounding it, but by the end I was very disappointed. My biggest complaint is how repetitive this novel was. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over and over, and the ending didn't shock me to make up for it. A lot of people compare this novel to the likes of "Gone Girl" and consider it to be a fantastic thriller. Although creepy, it wasn't dark enough or twisty enough for me.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling. A unique and chilling story. I couldn't put it down and the ending had my nose buried in it waiting to find out what happens next. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book was recommended to me and it was amazing. Full of suspense that leaves you thinking of what could happen next.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Beach Read For those unfamiliar with the story, Christine has suffered a brutal attack, which has damaged her brain to the point where she cannot remember anything & wakes up every day with no knowledge of her family, where she is or who she is. Character flip flops between wanting to get better & just to let things be. But she's too intelligent & strong to ultimately just let things remain as they are. She must find out who she was & is. I found the the story interesting but it did tend to drag because of its repetitiveness. And for those of you who enjoy domestic thrillers involving memory loss, the twist may come as no surprise. Overall a pleasant summer read. 3.5 Stars
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting It was okay, I've read better but overall it was decent
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This was such a great read. I was so attached to this book. I wanted to keep reading even after I finished. Fantastic book.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good story I really liked this book, the story was interesting, and the characters were likable. Once you get to the last hundred pages or so it really picks up. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I Go To Sleep A wonderful plot that is full of surprises. Suspenseful enough to keep you interested throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A psychological diary thriller A psychological diary thriller. Interesting, but not too hard to figure out who is the real antagonist in the story,
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I absolutely loved this book and have recommended it to many of my friends!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was a little slow, but it was hard to put down
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I Go To Sleep I loved it because you were just as uncertain as the main character throughout the book about what was going on
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! got hooked on it right away, great read.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller! Was definitely a good concept! Some events in the plot were predictable but was a page turner. couldn't put the book down, kept you wanting to know more everytime a chapter ended. The movie was not even close to doing a good job depicting the book.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Loved this book, was engaging and loved the twists in it.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is one of the best boojs I have read in awhile. I couldn't put it down. Full if suspense and a totally unexpected ending. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it. the book was really suspenseful and kept me on my toes. did not expect that ending
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Compulsive Read I purchased this book on a recommendation from a friend and I was not disappointed. In fact, Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson might be the best thriller that I've ever read. It piqued my interest from the outset when the reader is introduced to Christine, a woman who cannot remember a thing about herself or her past. I felt a strong connection to Christine and her tragic circumstances, as well as to her husband, Ben, which is a testament to Watson's capacity to develop effective and realistic characters. The ending of the novel completely threw me, and I was left reeling for days. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book .. don't watch the movie This book is well-written that you are picturing all details in your mind and for me, the movie was terrible. The story gets a little repetitive but it is a great story!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow!! Scratch that. It wasn't love. Sheesh the things you do if you're crazy enough to think it's love. Liked the book. I predicted some events but i was still gasping and surprised near the end
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Amazing read. Hard to put down. A real page turner.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This book had me guessing until the last chapter. I really enjoyed the story line.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, Loved I cannot say enough things about this book. I loved it from start to finish. And I loved the ending, it did not see it ending like that. My friend recommended this book to me and I am so happy she did. This is a book I could read over and over again. I thought it was so good that I bought a copy for my niece.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing This book was well written, the story is interesting and has some great twists and turns. It is however, quite a depressing story!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read! Awesome book! Totally did not expect such a plot twist!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very addictive! I enjoyed this book very much, and have recommended it to others. Easy read, addictive and full of suspense.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me on my toes With the premise, everything's a bit repetitive, but it was very interesting to see how the story progressed and where it went.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! beginning was very slow and repetitive but once the story started to take off couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller This book was really, really great. What starts out as a normal story soon becomes a mysterious search for answers and truths. The ending was great, and I can't say I could have predicted it! Very, very good read.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall a great read. This book was a little slow at some parts however I was still sucked into the storyline.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! AMAZING! This book blew my mind over and over again. I did not see the twist coming at the end at all. Just incredible.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average This book falls into the genre of Confused and/or Missing Women (much like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl). I read it on our ereader whilst traveling around the world and it was fine but I've realized that this is not my genre of choice.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Good book and hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Awesome book, crappy movie
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great twist! My friend I read this book at the same time and we live about 12 hours away from each other.. we would be texting each other every night to find out where we both were so we wouldn't ruin it! Great read with great twist!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This was a really good book. It wasn't super fast, or action packed at all, but it was most definitely intriguing. It raised questions and suspicion. Although it wasn't super intense, and a lot of it was repetitive, I enjoyed reading it. It was a page turner not because of suspense, but because of information. I just HAD to find out what was going on! What were lies, what was the truth? WHAT HAPPENED!? lol! The last 80 pages or so were full of gasps, "OH MY GOD"s and "I KNEW IT!"s. Good read!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pageturner! Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Reminded me of Gone Girl and similar titles. Exciting thriller with a strong female narrater. Well written so it didn't get repetitive. A great read!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected This book is so great! It had me guessing the entire time and I could not predict anything. Great writing, you feel sad for the character but also concerned for her safety.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!!!!! I read this book in 3 days. The story was thrilling. The ending I did not expect at all what a twist.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming. The writing is pretty good, I just found the story a little slow. The end was great, not what I expected. But I saw a key event coming a mile away.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will keep you guessing until the very end. Before I Go to Sleep is the story of a woman, Christine, who looses her memory every time she goes to sleep. She must rely on her husband to explain her situation and her life. In hopes of recovering her memory, Christine starts to keep a journal that she reads every morning. But when what her husband is telling her and her journal is explaining don't match, Christine must find out of the truth herself. Before I Go to Sleep is an exciting psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the last pages of the book. The structure of the book and brilliant. It allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in Christine's life while disguising where the plot of headed. Christine is a phenomenally crafted character. She is believable and compelling and evokes just enough sympathy from the reader without feeling overdone. Her journey is a fantastic one and there is no other character you would want to go on that journey with. Overall, Before I Go to Sleep is a fantastic novel that you will keep you guessing until the very end. It's structure is unique and fits the plot well. If you're looking for a creepy Halloween read look no further.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but not great Overall an okay thriller. I found the plot development slow and the ending a bit underwhelming.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what i was expecting It was a decent book but not as good as I was hoping for. The characters were great though and it kept me interested throughout the entirety of the novel
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read the plot twist at the end was satisfying... i got this book on sale and have to say that i was fairly surprised as i purchased without reading any reviews. i personally like thrillers and found this book to be a more enjoyable read than the girl on the train. would recommend #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller Great read; I've passed on this book to many friends and all have enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Before I Go To Sleep The book was a little tough to get into at first and too repetitive, but it wasn't horrible. I personally was not expecting that ending and finished the book feeling a little shocked. Great ending, not so great beginning.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Before I Go To Sleep The book was a little tough to get into at first and too repetitive, but it wasn't horrible. I personally was not expecting that ending and finished the book feeling a little shocked. Great ending, not so great beginning.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A real page turner, and what a twist!!!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite the page turner Quite the page turner - very suspenseful with lots of twists! I feel it would have been even more thrilling if the amnesia she had was a real type. Wish it wasn't as repetitive as it was, however I understand why it had to be that way.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book: Horrible Movie Couldn't put this book down. If you loved Gone Girl or Girl on the Train then I would suggest buying. However, the movie is a waste of time!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book is quite a debut for the author. One of the more suspenseful books I have read recently. The style of writing and the open ends made me want to keep reading to discover what was really going on. Would and HAVE recommended to friends, especially anyone that likes suspense and mystery.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! Book was way better than the movie....the ending gave me the chills... Would definitely read it again.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Debut For Watson This novel is what sparked my love for mysteries and thrillers alike. Watson not only captured the essence of a woman lost in thought and trying to piece her life together while working against time, but he brings a creative writing style that truly makes the reader feel as though they too are Christine. Every emotion she felt, I realized I too was mirroring her frustration, anger and confusion. Magnificently crafted. I've read this book twice already and given this book to multiple friends who have nothing but praise as well.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love books with surprise endings, this is one of them, it was so unpredictable and the story is holding you until the very end. Absolutely love it!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense and a twist! One of my absolute favourite books! It kept me intrigued and the writing was very well done. I love books that include an unexpected twist. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books. It was engaging, thrilling, and kept me shocked until the very end. Very well written, incredibly interesting. Would highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! My friend recommended this book to me. It was interesting to read the perspective of someone who suffers from amnesia. It was suspenseful and intriguing.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good thriller In the same category as Girl on the Train, I Let You Go, etc. A quick read if you're looking for a good thriller.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read #plumreview This book had been on my list for a long time. I finally read it and wished I'd gotten to it sooner. It was a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book draws you in and is full of suspense! I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope you do, too.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! By far one of the best books I've read this year. Intense, suspenseful, and a page turner until the end. You will NOT be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I bought this book a month ago, I was recommended it and boy am I glad I was. It had me all in my feelings the entire time, it was so good and I could not put it down. I felt so connected to the character with how descriptive everything was. I hadn't read a good book that completely intrigued me in a long time, and this was definitely the book that caught my attention right off the bat.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Couldn't put it down! Couldn't put this book down, it was a fabulous suspense thriller!
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. Very entertaining! Great plot twist! I recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved this book. Just when you think you're understanding what's going on, there's a plot twist! This book kept my attention and kept me wanting to read more. I would recommend it :)
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK, should have read another book This book was fine - not boring, but I found it very slow. The last 10 pages were the most "exciting" in the entire book. But even then, I didn't like the ending. I wish I had spent my time reading another book.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow!! This book is a page turner! And the end I absolutely amazing!. A big long before you dive in but worth it!
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I found myself fully invested in the main character's story. The book is written in an engaging way that captivated me from the beginning. I breezed through this book in 2 days because I needed to know what happened next. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of the best books I've read in a while! Grabbed me from the first sentence and kept me guessing until the end. A fantastically entertaining read. Well done SJ Watson!
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner An awesome book, twists and turns keep you wwanting to rread more. Would give this a 5 star. Excellent
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! I thought the book was very well written. I like the way the author ties the story together at the end
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was so good, I finished it in less than a day! Already convinced two others to read it. Will definitely read more S.J. Watson books
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read. A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, keeps your mind stimulated and is hard to put down.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this book up, as it was a random Christmas gift. I have to say though, I was not disappointed! Keeps you on your toes, and you are forced to feel many differing emotions for different characters throughout! I recommend you read it!
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before I Go to Sleep This was a good read. The author skillfully and artfully wove the story in a concise and easy to read manner yet maintained the mystery to the end. I read this book in 2 days and enjoyed every minute of it. I gave this rating because it was easy to read, easy to follow, and had a logical thread to the story. The main character was nicely developed ... the author did not fall into the trap of making her a hysterical, mental case. The main character had a problem that a woman of reasonable intelligence and strength of character reasoned out given her disabilities. Nicely done.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story you wont forget. A real quick read. You get soo engrosed it is hard to put down. I would be sad if the movie does not do it justice.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner It's a page turner but can get a little repetitive. Could move a little quicker in some places. Worth the read!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book, had me hooked right from the start! I had it finished in 2 days and I'm not a big reader! I'm trying to find some more books like this one!
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful End I started reading this book awhile ago but stopped because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to put the book down. I was right about not being able to put the book down. I started reading this book again yesterday and finished it just now. All I have to say without ruining the book or anything was that it is sad but it had a beautiful ending. I love the way the book was written like a journal. It made the main character feel real like I was reading a true story not something made up. The details, of what it's like not remembering anything for more than a day, was written with great care. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a good book! A bit dry in the middle but it picks it all up and puts it together. Most say they are "left hanging" in the end, I disagree, think about the whole book, it makes sense :D
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Characters are strong and the plot is fantastic
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I go to Sleep Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Wish we had found out if she remembers the next morning. Or is it setting us up for the sequel?
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Before I Go To Sleep is a quick and impressive read. Absolutely adore it!
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Such a good book! Had a hard time putting it down. I was a little saddened by the ending though... It could've ended better
Date published: 2014-05-05
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 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read Wow, what an awesome book. I loved it. I have to admit that I figured it out part way through. I like to believe she's okay in the end :)
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I go to sleep A page turner with an interesting twist!
Date published: 2014-02-10
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 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 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
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 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

Editorial Reviews

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