Before I Go To Sleep
By S. J. Watson
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780062060556, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 2011
"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking Im 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 loveall forgotten overnight.
And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
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 Roland Joffe to direct. Visit the author online at http://wwwwww.sjwatson-books.com.
“Imagine drifting off every night knowing that your memories will be wiped away by morning. That’s the fate of Christine Lucas, whose bewildering internal world is rendered with chilling intimacy in this debut literary thriller. . . . You’ll stay up late reading until you know.”
-People (4 stars)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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.”
“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.”
“Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read.”
“A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.”
“Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page and satisfying in its thriller ending.”
Before I Go to Sleep
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