Based upon a deceptively simple premise, Watson's debut novel unwinds as a story that is both complicated and compellingly hypnotic. . . Watson writes in the first person, from the perspective of a woman, and the voice is surprisingly spot-on. The angst is unimaginable but palpable in this suspenseful story of a woman who can take nothing for granted. Watson's pitch perfect writing propels the story to a frenzied climax that will haunt readers long after they've closed the cover on this remarkable book. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
A brilliant, nasty noir. It drags you down into deep, dark and disturbing waters. It entertains while touching on complex questions of the meaning of identity and memory. . . . One can't help but be impressed by Watson's skill. This British writer's attention to detail and empathy are impressive. . . . Having read the book once I was compelled to read it again, enjoying the special pleasure of noting clues missed or misinterpreted the first time. Certain books are so good that they remind you of the vast pleasures good writers can give you if you re willing to pay them attention. If you can stand the chill, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is a delicious summer treat. (Los Angeles Times)
An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page. (Dennis Lehane)
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?
An original, haunting, and deeply chilling debut.
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