Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
A Novel

77%

15 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

“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.

 

About S. J. Watson

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S. J. Watson lives in London and worked in the National Health Service for a number of years. 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 novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 371 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Before I Go To Sleep
All: 15 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 14 2011

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.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by NewYorkGirl on Sep 10 2011

This novel is beautifully written, with the author able to find things out for the first time as Christine does everyday.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by John O'Connell on Apr 16 2011

The most unnerving aspect of Before I Go to Sleep is the way it is rooted in the domestic, the suburban, the trivial.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 02 2011

Watson handles what could have turned into a cheap narrative gimmick brilliantly, building to a chillingly unexpected climax.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Jul 07 2011

Absorbing and thrilling, S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep is an amazing debut novel.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Aug 06 2012

An exciting thriller, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson will leave you putting together the pieces until the whole story is revealed.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by John F. McDonald on Jun 14 2011

The ending is as unsurprising as it is histrionic and ultimately disappointing.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 27 2011

Anyone who reads this book will not soon forget it.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Martin Levin on Jul 13 2011

The novel’s complex structure is equally impressive; it manages to keep us simultaneously mired and in motion.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan Shapiro on Aug 06 2011

If you can stand the chill, "Before I Go to Sleep" is a delicious summer treat.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Good
Reviewed by Justine Ettler on Jul 23 2011

...the story is intensely gripping, the main character simpatico and intelligent, the themes are universal - the price of infidelity and the disaster when jealousy runs riot - and its brain-injury subject is fascinating.

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Macleans

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jul 05 2011

...plucks its strings of psychological horror with the grace of an expert musician, showing us the full range of Christine’s despair, anxiety and sadness over not being in control of her life.

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Independent.ie

Good
Reviewed by Independent on May 21 2011

Watson's debut thriller about a rare condition is beautifully written, genuinely unsettling and scary.

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The New Zealand Herald

Good
Reviewed by Kerri Jackson on Jun 07 2011

Watson writes vividly and with roller-coasting emotion, so you're often overwhelmed by Christine's vulnerability; the nightmare of experiencing grief and loss afresh every day.

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New Zealand Listener

Above average
Reviewed by Craig Ranapia on Mar 23 2012

Watson’s medical background keeps Christine’s amnesia...within the bounds of plausibility, but sadly Sleep doesn’t avoid all the snares of the first book.

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