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Before I Go To Sleep

A Novel

by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To Sleep
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2011, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2012, 368 pages

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A debut psychological thriller about a woman who can't remember her past and struggles to discover her identity

I'll be honest - Before I Go to Sleep wasn't what I was expecting when I agreed to review the book. So many recent novels have been dubbed "psychological thrillers" that the term's meaning has perhaps become watered down, leaning more toward "thriller" than "psychological." I suppose I was expecting a good but not great page-turner that would entertain but otherwise have little depth. What I found instead was an exceptionally well-crafted novel of slowly building suspense - a "thinking woman's" thriller, if you will.

Author S.J. Watson does a marvelous job of conveying his heroine Christine's predicament as she oscillates between fear of and love for her husband Ben while never knowing for sure whether or not he can be trusted. Although it's clear early on that Ben is lying to her, is this because he's protecting her, or is something more sinister behind his deception? Are the ...

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