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Before I Go to Sleep - S J Watson
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Before I Go to Sleep - S J Watson
Date: 18/09/12, updated on 23/01/13 (66 review reads)
Advantages: A good underlying story
Disadvantages: Unneccesary sexual references, repetitive
~~Before I go to sleep~~
"'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 ...' Welcome to Christine's life." (Book description from Amazon.co.uk)
I saw this book in my local library on the new addition shelf and it immediately caught my eye. The cover is very striking with a picture of an eye this takes up the majority of the cover, there is something unnerving about this particular eye and I instantly knew that this book was going to be a thriller before reading the description on the back. I have studied Psychology at A level so when I realised the book was about Amnesia and its effects on an individual, I thought this was going to be an instant winner for me as I find anything psychological highly interesting. I decided to do some research into the book and found that it had been very successful, it has been translated into over 30 languages and is a best seller in many countries such as France, Canada, US, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. The book has also won man literary awards they are as followed:
Winner of the 2011 Crime Writer's Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
Winner of the Galaxy National UK Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year, 2011
Winner of the Dutch Crimezone Debut of the Year, 2012
Winner of the French SNCF Prix du Polar prize for best Crime Novel, 2012
Winner of the Crimefest Audible Sounds of Crime Award for Best Unabridged Audiobook, 2012
The author of this book S J Watson is a British male author who has also written a book named Avant d'aller dormir. This book was a product of a writing course "Faber academy write a novel course". Ridley Scott has bought the rights to create the film and it has been said that Nicole Kidman could be playing the lead (Christine).
The story features the life of a woman who has amnesia and when she goes to sleep she loses all recollections of that day, she therefore decides to write a journal when it is suggested by her doctor, the journal is then conveyed through the book and it details the story from a personal perspective. I like the way in which the book was wrote however, that is perhaps the only thing I enjoyed! I was highly disappointed with this book especially after reading all the reviews and seeing how it had won so many awards, perhaps it is just me? I found the book to be quite repetitive, yes I know the woman had amnesia, but I was starting to wish I had it when it felt like I had re-read the same chapter 5 times over. The storyline overall was quite good especially with the clever ending, I just feel that the story could have been wrote in a better manner. A lot of the dialogue was followed by "he said" "she said", I would have thought there could have been many other ways to convey who was speaking without doing it so basically. Another annoyance of mine was the completely unnecessary sexual references (I am not a prude, I have recently read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy!), however the way they were interjected into the story was completely out of context and ruined good parts of the story. An example being that when Christine was getting ready for an evening out, it began detailing her touching herself and it made me feel quite uncomfortable to be honest, I couldn't understand why this would have been put into a thriller as it was so out of the blue and wasn't like it fitted into the story at all. Perhaps this was to make it more interesting for the male audience because personally I think these "sex snippets" ruined what potentially could have been a good story.
I wouldn't recommend this book, but perhaps this is more down to individual taste. However, if you would like to give this book ago it can be purchased from most good book shops and also online. Amazon.co.uk sells the hardback used from 83p and the paperback for £3.86 new. The book can also be purchased for the kindle and is available for £3.47.
I would perhaps watch the film when it is released as it might be portrayed better and the sexual references may be dropped (hopefully), the director Ridley Scott will hopefully turn this average book into a blockbuster movie.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (28 April 2011)
Review also on Ciao under the same username.
Summary: A bit disappointing!