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.
Find S.J. Watson online at his website, www.sjwatson-books.com, and on twitter.
About the book:
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.Title: Before I Go to Sleep
Every morning, Christine awakens beside a stranger in an unfamiliar bed. She sees a middle-aged face in the bathroom mirror that she does not recognize. And every morning, the man patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven-years-old, and that an accident long ago damaged her ability to remember.
In place of memories Christine has a handful of pictures, a whiteboard in the kitchen, and a journal, hidden in a closet. She knows about the journal because Dr. Ed Nash, a neurologist who claims to be treating her without Ben’s knowledge, reminds her about it each day. Inside its pages, the damaged woman has begun meticulously recording her daily events—sessions with Dr. Nash, snippets of information that Ben shares, flashes of her former self that briefly, miraculously appear.
But as the pages accumulate, inconsistencies begin to emerge, raising disturbing questions that Christine is determined to find answers to. And the more she pieces together the shards of her broken life, the closer she gets to the truth... and the more terrifying and deadly it is.
Author: S.J. Watson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2011
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Source: Harper Collins
Wow. Just wow. I cannot believe that Before I Go to Sleep is a debut. This page-turner will have you mesmerized until you flip over the very last page... Christine Lucas wakes up every morning not knowing where she is, or even who she is. No matter what she learns during that day, she'll forget it as she sleeps. So every morning is a discovery, and she goes through this routine over and over and over...
When the doctor she begins to see suggests that she keep a journal to chronicle her daily "discoveries," Christine does so. And begins to wonder why Ben is lying to her--is he truly lying, or is he keeping things from her so she doesn't have to re-experience the pain every day? And does she truly trust him?
Before I Go to Sleep has a tightly woven plot with a sympathetic character, and will keep you guessing, even as Christine keeps guessing. You feel her confusion, and self-placating certainty, as she travels that valley between sanity and chaos. And the twist at the end will have you holding your breath till you get through it.
drey's rating: Outstanding! Definitely needs to be one of your summer reads if you love thrillers!
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