Before I Go To Sleep

  • by S J Watson
  • Narrated by Susannah Harker
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of CWA Best unabridged Crime Audiobook 2012.
Winner - CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR - BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
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 only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

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What the Critics Say

"Quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read." (Tess Gerritsen)
"Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending." (Anita Shreve)
"A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller." (Lionel Shriver)
"A terrific first novel - well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one." (Joanne Harris)
"An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page." (Dennis Lehane)
"So high-concept, so ambitious and so structurally brilliant. It's so rare to read a thriller that's perfect in every detail, but this one definitely qualifies!" (Sophie Hannah)
"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)

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A book of two parts: brilliant, yet disappointing

The first two-thirds of this debut novel are the most compelling, page-turning, nail-biting pieces of fiction I've ever encountered. To wake up every morning with no memory of the recent past is at once tragic and haunting, yet this account is also tinged with foreboding. Chrissie is a sympathetic character, and it's easy to identify with her. Who can she trust? Who IS she? Are we the sum of our memories?

This is a psychological thriller that deals with themes of identity, personal loss, betrayal and memory. I simply couldn't stop listening (a 5-hour marathon listen over the ironing!)... until I got about two-thirds of the way through. Then it started to feel laboured and overdone. Things didn't add up. Other things were too convenient to the plot to be truly plausible. One of the female characters was less-than-convincing. And the ending was ultimately under-whelming and disappointing.

I will definitely read SJ Watson's work in the future, and I think he's probably 'one to watch', but hopefully an editor will keep a slightly firmer hand on the steering next time.
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- Helen "Author, reviewer, publisher @SilverWoodBooks."

This will keep you awake!

Set aside a whole day to listen to this one because once you start you won't be able to drag yourself away.Christine suffers from a devastating form of amnesia which has resulted in her being unable to access old memories or make new ones. Every day is a new beginning for her until she begins to keep a daily journal to help her to fill in the blanks. Her husband feeds her information but can she trust him....? The narrator perfectly conveys Christine's confusion. fear and paranoia. There are holes in the back story but no let up in the tension which, at times is unbearable.
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- MRS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks