Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read.” Tess Gerritsen
“Watson's debut novel unwinds as a story that is both complicated and compellingly hypnotic. . . . Watson's pitchperfect 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)
“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page and satisfying in its thriller ending.” Anita Shreve
“Imagine drifting off every night knowing that your memories will be wiped away by morning. Thats the fate of Christine Lucas, whose bewildering internal world is rendered with chilling intimacy in this debut literary thriller. . . . Youll stay up late reading until you know.” People (4 stars)
“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
“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” Dennis Lehane
“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.” Lionel Shriver
“The summer's single most suspenseful plot belongs to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. . . . pure page-turner.” New York Times
“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)
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.
About the Author
Educated in the U.K., S.J. WATSON was born in the Midlands and lives in London, England. In 2009, Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, a rigorous and selective program that covers all aspects of the novelwriting process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold around the world in over thirty-five languages, Before I Go to Sleep has also been acquired for film by Ridley Scotts production company, Scott Free, with Rola