Before I Go To Sleep

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‘Mesmerising and unsettling . . . The best debut thriller for years’ Sunday Times

Now a major film starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong

Over 7 million copies sold worldwide

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.


Readers are obsessed with Before I Go To Sleep:

***** ‘A genius plot with an incredible twist. Before I go to Sleep is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.’
***** ‘The book had me gripped from the very beginning . . . a real can’t-put-it-down-till-the-last-page read.’
***** ‘It’s dark, fascinating, original and addictive – l read it in a day.’


Final Cut, the unputdownable new thriller from S. J. Watson, is out now.

© S. J. Watson 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2011

Critics Review

  • Quite simply the best debut 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
  • A deft, perceptive exploration of a fascinating neurological condition, and a cracking good thriller.

    Lionel Shriver
  • A terrific first novel – well-written, genuinely unsettling and psychologically very plausible. Thrillers seldom come much better than this. Loved it, read it in one

    Joanne Harris
  • An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page

    Dennis Lehane

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