Thursday, February 23, 2012

Before I Go To Sleep - Review

• Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (February 7, 2012)

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.

“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

“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.” — Dennis Lehane

“Quite simply the best debut novel I have ever read.” — Tess Gerritsen

About S.J. Watson

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, and has now been sold in more than thirty-five languages around the world.

Find out more about S.J. at his website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

My Thoughts
Before I Go To Sleep is a addictive mystery that kept me up late one night, I wanted to find out what happened before I could go to sleep. Of course once I did finish this book I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking about the story.

I am still trying to imagine what it would be like to have no memory of the past twenty years or even worse, the previous day. How would you know for sure that the people around you are who they say they are and they telling you the truth? To wake up every morning and not recognize your surroundings, that would be very unnerving to say the least. S.J. Watson has written a gripping page turner of a mystery. The storyline is very believable and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat right up to the surprising twist at the end.

If you want a book that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the last then Before I Go to Sleep is that book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I have not been financially compensated for my review, all opinions are my own.


  1. This is a book I would definitely enjoy. The entire concept of amnesia is endlessly fascinating to the observer, frightening to the sufferer.

  2. Morning Ms. J,
    Mom says two great minds today with both of our blogs talking about sleep.
    Hugs Madi

  3. sounds like the bourne identity, the cia assassin who forgets everything he nknew the day before. i loved the movie so would love the book.

  4. Another wonderful sounding book, Judy. This one is on my list. Thanks! :-)

  5. This sounds fascinating and terrifying!

  6. that would stink if I lost my memory every day.....

  7. Intriguing idea! Would that mean I could read the same book every day? Could cut down on costs considerably! Hummmm....

  8. I tagged you;

  9. Very interesting. There is a movie like that, isn't it 50 Dates? But it is a comedy, not a mystery.

  10. I'm putting this on my list for sure.

  11. Thanks for your positive review> I had the same reaction to it, and I actually listened to it, the suspense was great, and well done with the voice of Orlagh Ciassidy, one of my favorite narrators. Lots of bloggers criticize the ending, but I enjoyed it as well. here is my review:

  12. Sounds pretty good. :) One day I will sart reading more. I will start with your reading list. :)

  13. So, maybe not the book to read on a night when I really need to get a lot of sleep, but perfect for a stay-up-late-and-get-a-book-hangover kind of night. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.


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