Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"Thebest debut novel I've ever read."--Tess Gerritsen,bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

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

S. J. Watson makes his powerful debutwith this compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller,reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who,following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form newmemories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is--and whoshe can trust.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780062060556
0062060554
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 24 cm

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

The premise of this book sounded interesting and it was.

As we start going further and further along during the week and Christine slowly pieces together what happened the night that lead to her amnesia. Every day she wakes up with no memory of her adult life, but as time goes along with each journal entry, she is able to automatically recall some memories without being prompted. The more Christine finds out (about her coma, her long term stay at a mental hospital, later her stay at Warring House), the more she is unsure the memories that she thinks she uncovers. What she finds is there are inconsistencies with what Ben has told her and what she remembers, like Adam (their baby), Claire (her BFF) leaving, the burning of their former house, etc.

It was an interesting read for sure. The closer we got to the climax the more intense and obsessed I got. Although part way through the book I was getting a little bored with the repetition, but I guess that can't be helped given that she is suppose to be amnesic.

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Leeannsmyth
Aug 02, 2018

The idea is really interesting and I wanted to like it more, but it became so repetitive (understandably given the premise, but it's not much fun to read the same thing over and over), that by the end of the book when the writing seemed to get rushed, I was grateful. Maybe the author was getting tired of things too? For me, it was just OK.

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hrogness
Jul 15, 2018

Such an unusual concept. the first chapter is captivating as it reveals the premise

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abcDena
Dec 27, 2017

Holy Helen. Reading that twice should be an official form of punishment around the world. SUB-ZERO stars. Is S.J. Watson still "writing"? Because he or she should stop. Stop and take up knitting.

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empbee
Dec 12, 2017

Very well written psychological thriller. It keeps you reading and guessing. The simplified end feels unrealistic and melodramatic.

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lsmith15
Oct 01, 2017

I finished this book like 5 minutes ago, I loved it. I couldn't put it down, written very well, keeps you super hooked, and I hadn't guessed what would happen at the end until it was happening! There are moments where I could see plot holes, but I think the overall story and writing makes up for it. I really enjoyed reading this.

BostonPL_LauraB Jul 29, 2017

I sped through this psychological thriller and really enjoyed it. It absolutely kept me guessing the entire time and I didn't get tired of being in only Christine's head (who can't remember the previous day) at all. Using severe amnesia as a plot device worked very well and helped to kick up the confusion for the reader a couple of notches.

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elianagandrade
Apr 07, 2017

I watched the movie first and almost quite the idea of reading the book. But when I started I simply couldn't stop it!
The author's description about the feelings of the main character is more than perfect and I kept reading it until the end!
I highly recommend this book if you like mysteries!

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btfd1
Mar 30, 2017

After the surprise ending, this book makes you want to go back and read it again, to see it from a different perspective! However I do agree with other comments on here, how the bulk of the book gets tedious, with the repetitive action of her day, and never really finding out much more information until the end.

JCLDebbieF Feb 06, 2017

One of my favorite thrillers to recommend to patrons. It was also made into a movie with Nicole Kidman. https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1370895036_before_i_go_to_sleep

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Pisinga
May 22, 2013

“What are we, if not an accumulation of memories?”

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Andreinac13
Aug 28, 2012

There were never going to be any happy endings for me. I know that now. But that is all right.

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jvanderg
Sep 26, 2012

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lonewolf8
Jun 27, 2015

Christine has a rare type of amnesia. She can function throughout the day making short-term memories perfectly fine, but at night when she goes to sleep, each day vanishes. She cannot convert her short term memories into long term memories. As she begins keeping a journal at the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine slowly starts to untangle a web of truth, and deceit, but remains unsure what or whom to trust

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