Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback--a disturbing psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Islandand Memento, in which an amnesiac desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is and who she can trust.

"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 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 newmemories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is--and whoshe can trust.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2012, c2011.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780062060563
Branch Call Number: WATSON S
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 21 cm.


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Each morning, Christine wakes up with no memory of the past twenty years. Armed only with a journal and a few found photographs, she must piece together her life to understand why she came to be this way. When she finds that her husband has been keeping things from her (to prevent emotional distr... Read More »

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Jul 21, 2019

More ridiculous coincidences and plot holes than the average "Die Hard" movie - without the over-the-top fun. I knew the "surprising" ending a quarter of the way through the book. The best I can say is that it was readable enough for me to finish it.

Jul 12, 2019

I read this book based on a recommendation from one of the library staff. It was exactly what I was looking for. If you like books similar to those written by Gillian Flynn or Liane Moriarty, give this one a try.

If you've never read either of the authors mentioned above, this book is a great psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Definitely give it a try!

VaughanPLDavidB May 26, 2019

I'm not an aficionado of "amnesia" thrillers but I was intrigued by the idea of someone waking up every morning with her memory erased, and imagining how she would cope with that. I enjoyed the story and the writing style. I felt like I was on the same emotional ride as the main character, Christine. But, I did kick myself for not correctly guessing the resolution, which was obvious in retrospect.

Feb 11, 2019

Read this book off the library recommendations list. Very pleased with the plot premise (though repetitive at times). Have recommended to a friend who is a mystery buff. I loved the ending. Left the reader to decide if they wanted a happy happy ending or the beginning of a happy ending.

Aug 30, 2018

The premise of this book sounded interesting and it was.

As we start going further and further along during the week and Christine slowly pieces together what happened the night that lead to her amnesia. Every day she wakes up with no memory of her adult life, but as time goes along with each journal entry, she is able to automatically recall some memories without being prompted. The more Christine finds out (about her coma, her long term stay at a mental hospital, later her stay at Warring House), the more she is unsure the memories that she thinks she uncovers. What she finds is there are inconsistencies with what Ben has told her and what she remembers, like Adam (their baby), Claire (her BFF) leaving, the burning of their former house, etc.

It was an interesting read for sure. The closer we got to the climax the more intense and obsessed I got. Although part way through the book I was getting a little bored with the repetition, but I guess that can't be helped given that she is suppose to be amnesic.

Aug 02, 2018

The idea is really interesting and I wanted to like it more, but it became so repetitive (understandably given the premise, but it's not much fun to read the same thing over and over), that by the end of the book when the writing seemed to get rushed, I was grateful. Maybe the author was getting tired of things too? For me, it was just OK.

Jul 15, 2018

Such an unusual concept. the first chapter is captivating as it reveals the premise

Dec 27, 2017

Holy Helen. Reading that twice should be an official form of punishment around the world. SUB-ZERO stars. Is S.J. Watson still "writing"? Because he or she should stop. Stop and take up knitting.

Dec 12, 2017

Very well written psychological thriller. It keeps you reading and guessing. The simplified end feels unrealistic and melodramatic.

Oct 01, 2017

I finished this book like 5 minutes ago, I loved it. I couldn't put it down, written very well, keeps you super hooked, and I hadn't guessed what would happen at the end until it was happening! There are moments where I could see plot holes, but I think the overall story and writing makes up for it. I really enjoyed reading this.

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May 22, 2013

“What are we, if not an accumulation of memories?”

Aug 28, 2012

There were never going to be any happy endings for me. I know that now. But that is all right.


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Sep 26, 2012

jvanderg thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Jun 27, 2015

Christine has a rare type of amnesia. She can function throughout the day making short-term memories perfectly fine, but at night when she goes to sleep, each day vanishes. She cannot convert her short term memories into long term memories. As she begins keeping a journal at the encouragement of a new doctor, Christine slowly starts to untangle a web of truth, and deceit, but remains unsure what or whom to trust


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