Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson


 This one has been making the blog rounds for a while, so I won't spend too much time on summary.  It's the story of a woman who has a rare form of amnesia that causes her to forget the last 20 or so years of her life every night when she falls asleep.  When she wakes in the morning, she remembers herself as a single woman in her 20's and it shocked to find that she is actually married and approaching 50.  As Christine begins to journal about her daily life in an attempt to remember her past, she realizes that she can't trust her husband or any of the people closest to her.

Writing:
Excellent!  When I saw that Dennis LeHane blurbed this book as engrossing and suspenseful, I knew it would be good.  Watson does an amazing job with slowly building the suspense in this novel.  It's very Hitchockian in tone.  And I love that, just like with LeHane's books, I had no idea where the story was headed.

Entertainment Value:
Again, I was hooked from the beginning.  I usually don't read for hours on end on the weekends, but I did on Saturday when I finished this one.  I just couldn't make myself put it down.  It was so engrossing that I didn't even realize I had spent hours reading it until the room got dark.  I prefer psychological thrillers to action-based thrillers, and this one really delivered on that level.  It's not necessarily fast-paced, but it's compulsively readable.

Overall:  
I highly recommend giving this one a try, even if you aren't typically a fan of thrillers.  It's a smart book with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing.  It's suspenseful, but not something that I think would turn off readers who don't like horror - not gory and not something that'll keep you up at night - but an amazing rainy day read.




10 comments:

  1. I really expected more gore or horror...but it was more suspenseful than anything. I liked that about this story!

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    1. Me too! I can really get into some Hitchcockian suspense without the blood and guts.

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  2. I thought it was a good try for a debut. Most do seem to be loving this one, won some awards too.

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    1. I hope the author will follow up with another - I'd be interested to see how his writing develops over time.

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  3. I haven't heard of this one yet! It sounds like something I'd like. Thanks!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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  4. Ooo, I just ordered this one - now I can't wait!

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  5. Haha I picked it up on LeHane's blurb too!!! And I agree, it's not particularly action packed, but still very engrossing! I'll be interested to see what the author writes next.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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  6. Great review! I just read this one for TLC too and I LOVED it....the ending really shocked me. From the beginning I had tons of different outcomes playing around in my head, but never thought it was what really happened. This was a cool book!

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