S. J. WATSON
Narrator: Orlagh CASSIDY
Audiobook: 11:32 hours
Published by Harper Audio in September 2011
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
This is really unusual, but I found this book because I follow a fantastic narrator: Orlagh Cassidy. I enjoyed so much her narration of the Postmistress, that I now keep an eye on her other audiobooks. This one sounded intriguing. There was unfortunately a bug in the request system at my library, so I had to wait longer than expected, but that was worth the wait.
I enjoyed this book very much. It starts slowly: something happened to Christine, and her memory is damaged. Consequently, she cannot remember anything of her past, not even of what she did the day before. When she goes to sleep, all her previous memories are erased, unless she writes things down in her journal.
Little by little, the story picks on interesting twists and turns, and becomes full of suspense. And once you think you figured out what happened, well you are dead wrong at the next turn!
That was a great thriller, on a gentle tone, I mean, not bloody horrific, but a psychological thriller.
As usual, Orlagh Cassidy had the perfect tones of voice to translate Christine’s pain as she struggles to recover her past, and to have you suspended waiting for the truth to get revealed. Believe me, it is not what you first expected it would be. A great fun read. I hope Watson will soon write more.
Watson has written at least another book since this one, but the synopsis didn’t grab me, and I was afraid it would be much less good than this one, so I haven’t tried it yet. Have you?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’ 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 Christine’s life. [Goodreads]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S J Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years.
In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result.
Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, Before I Go To Sleep has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2011. [Goodreads]
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