Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Before I Go To Sleep - Book Club Choice for August 2011

Well it looks like we're in for a treat with this month's book club choice, Before I Go To Sleep, by S J Watson, is a psychological thriller - exactly the type of book I love, and it wasn't even my turn to pick!

Story Plot
In S.J. Watson’s debut thriller, Before I Go to Sleep , Christine doesn’t have trouble sleeping. She just can’t remember anything when she wakes up. Every morning, her memory reboots and she has to relearn everything about her life, the strange man in her bed, and how she arrived at this condition. At her therapist’s suggestion, she starts recording details in a secret journal, and finds that the people around her may not be telling her the whole truth, if any at all. Worse yet, what she doesn’t know could definitely hurt or even kill her.

What people say about this novel:-

'Simply the best novel I've ever read.' - Tess Gerritsen

'Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending.' - Anita Shreve

'So high concept, so ambitious, and so structurally brilliant.  It's rare to read a thriller that's perfect in every detail, but this one definitely qualifies!' - Sophie Hannah

'A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating condition, and a cracking good thriller.' - Lionel Shriver

'Left my nerves jangling.' - Dennis Lehane

Back Blurb

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 only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Chritine's life.

Why not read along with us and post your review here!


  1. Ah go on! It sounds brilliant!!!

  2. My schedule is so full already, but this sounds terrific. I may have to make time for it even if it's only thirty minutes a night before bedtime.

  3. I Love Love love psychological thrillers. This Sounds interesting. I might actually indulge myself. I should really make more time to read.

  4. This sounds like an amazing read. :-) Reminds me a little of a recent romantic comedy with a very dark twist.

  5. Liz and Krystal deffo read along - if wud be great to get ur reviews!

  6. I saw a review of this and it is supposed to be brilliant, my (21st +) birthday is coming up soon I may stick it on my wish list.

  7. Oh do Brigid - and let me know what you think of it!

  8. Thanks for the heads-up on another great-sounding book/author...I'm always on the look-out for great stories to listen to while I bead. I'm off to my virtual library now...

  9. Good luck Beaded Pillow - if you find it - let me know how you get on!

  10. I haven't read the book Louise, but it does sound fascinating. I will put it on my book list. I have a ton to read before it though :(

    Thank you for bringing it to my attention :)

  11. Bet you will love it irishminx!

  12. Just finished it - absolutely brilliant read!

    I'm an avid reader, but this is one of the best books I've read in a while. The first third pulls you in, the middle keeps you tensed and waiting and the last is absolutely un-putdownable. Ticks all the boxes. If I bit my nails they'd be bitten to the quick by now . . .

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  13. Thanks Susan - will post review with others on new post!

  14. This was such a great read! I couldn't put the book down and even more so towards the end. It blew me away! Actually had me on the edge of my seat. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

  15. I really liked this one, but I agree with most of your criticisms too. When I was reading it, in a single day, I was enraptured, and I'm okay suspending disbelief when I'm loving the book. I actually loved the ending, but I can certainly see why some wouldn't.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Cash Advance..overall, I think the book is deserving of it's reputation, even with some reservations. If you're a crime fan, perhaps you might be tempted to try one of my novels, which were published since this post. The first RED RIBBONS was shortlisted for Best Crime Novel of 2012 in Ireland, and the second is only just released. :-)


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