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Before I Go to Sleepby S. J. Watson
Synopses & Reviews
"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...."
Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?
Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight.
And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
"Memories — real, false, and a bit of both — are at the heart of British author Watson's haunting, twisted debut. Christine Lucas awakens each morning in London with no idea who she is or why she's in bed with a strange man, until he tells her that his name is Ben and they've been married for 22 years. Slowly, Christine learns that she has amnesia and is unable to remember her past or retain new memories: every night when she falls asleep, the slate is wiped clean. Dr. Nash, her therapist, has encouraged her to write in a journal that she keeps secret from Ben. Christine realizes how truly tangled — and dangerous — her life is after she sees the words 'don't trust Ben' written in her journal, whose contents reveal that the only person she can trust is herself. Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page." Anita Shreve
"A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller." Lionel Shriver
"A deeply unsettling debut that asks the most terrifying question — what do you have left when you lose yourself?" Val McDermid
"A truly amazing debut. The central character, Christine, is beautifully drawn. It's hard to imagine a more compelling, believable and sympathetic portrayal of a damaged human being. I loved it from start to finish." Mo Hayder, international bestselling author of Birdman
"Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read." Mo Hayder, international bestselling author of Birdman
"Combining the psychological screw-tightening of Patricia Highsmith with the high concept of Memento, S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep is an amnesia thriller you won’t soon forget." Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls and The Guardians
"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page." Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Moonlight Mile
"The best debut novel I've ever read." Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of the Rizzoli
“This mesmerizing, skillfully written debut novel works on multiple levels. It is both an affecting portrait of the profound impact of a debilitating illness and a pulse-pounding thriller whose outcome no one could predict.” Booklist (starred review)
“An intriguingly fresh look at the amnesia-focused psychological thriller....A captivating and highly suspenseful read, populated with believable characters who lead the reader through a taut, well-constructed plot.” Library Journal
“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page and satisfying in its thriller ending.” Anita Shreve
“Watson’s debut novel unwinds as a story that is both complicated and compellingly hypnotic....Watson’s pitch-perfect writing propels the story to a frenzied climax that will haunt readers long after they’ve closed the cover on this remarkable book.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Memories — real, false, and a bit of both — are at the heart of Watson’s haunting, twisted debut....Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The summer’s single most suspenseful plot belongs to Before I Go to Sleep....pure page-turner.” New York Times
A tale of desire, obsession, and deadly mystery, with echoes of Vertigo
S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this;compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is, and who she can trust.
“Thebest debut novel Ive 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.
About the Author
S. J. Watson was born and educated in the United Kingdom, and has worked in the National Health Service for a number of years. Before I Go to Sleep, his first novel, has been sold in thirty-one countries and has also been optioned for film by Ridley Scott.
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