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Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

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Voted the TV Book Club Best Read 2012.

S.J. Watson said: "l was delighted when Before I Go to Sleep was selected as one of the titles in the TV Book Club, so I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that it's been voted the most popular book! It's truly wonderful that it's been enjoyed by so many readers and I'd like to thank everyone who has supported and voted for the book. Thank you!"

One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

Winner of the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year 2011.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011.

May 2011 Debut of the Month.

Winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011.

Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011.

How would you live your life if everytime you fell asleep you forgot everything? This is the idea behind this sensational debut literary thriller...

With awesome advanced quotes from other bestselling authors ranging from Tess Gerritsen - 'the best debut I've ever read', Anita Shreve - 'suspenseful on every page', Joanne Harris - 'thrillers seldom come much better than this' and Lionel Shriver - 'deft, perceptive...a cracking good thriller' I suspect whatever we say may well not form part of your decision on whether to read this debut or not. But if you do also want our guidance then don't even spend time reading the extract or watching the video clip below on our site. It's so good we suggest you just go ahead and buy it!

CWA Judges’ comments: ‘Beautifully realised and enticingly stylised – really gripping and scary. Accomplished and highly effective debut.’

If you like S. J. Watson you might also like to read books by Audrey Niffenegger, Maggie O'Farrell and Jojo Moyes.

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Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

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Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

'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.

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'Quite simply the best debut 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' Joanne Harris

'An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page' Dennis Lehane

'So high-concept, so ambitious and so structurally brilliant. It's so rare to read a thriller that's perfect in every detail, but this one definitely qualifies!' Sophie Hannah

About the Author

S. J. Watson

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.

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28th April 2011


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