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Very quickly, the story concerns a woman with an unusual memory deficiency. Every morning she awakes with no idea of who she is, where she is, and who is sleeping in bed next to her. Her husband must start every day hitting the highlights of her life and condition caused by a trauma many years in the past. Working with a tenacious new doctor, Christine starts to document each of her days in a journal. Keeping track of daily events and discoveries starts to link her full story together, but it might be a story best left unraveled. What begins as a harrowing psychological drama soon gives way to a suspense thriller where Christine doesn't know who to trust. She can't even trust herself!
Watson tells a killer tale, really entertaining.Read more ›
"I look up at the mirror.
"The face I see looking back at me is not my own. The hair has no volume and is cut much shorter than I wear it; the skin on the cheeks and under the chin sags; the lips are thin; the mouth turned down. I cry out, a wordless gasp that would turn into a shriek of shock were I to let it, and then notice the eyes. The skin around then is lined, yes, but despite everything else, I can see that they are mine. The person in the mirror is me, but I am twenty years too old. Twenty-five. More.
"This isn't possible. I begin to shake and grip the edge of the sink. Another scream begins to rise in my chest and this one erupts as a strangled gasp. I step back, away from the mirror...I step back farther, until I feel cold tiles against my back. It is then I get the glimmer that I associate with memory. As my mind tries to settle on it, it flutters away, like ashes caught in a breeze, and I realize that in my life there is a then, a before, though before what I cannot say, and there is a now, and there is nothing between the two but a long, silent emptiness that has led me here...."
Somehow, even though Christine wakes up each day without any recent memory, the narrative still progresses logically and in a fast paced manner. The mystery and suspense are built in as, seen through Christine's unreliable perspective, everything is suspicious and baffling.Read more ›
That's the question I have after seeing any review that claims this book is thrilling. Or even entertaining. My gut feeling is this book has been guerrilla marketed. Watson is not a bad writer; indeed I agree with the reviewer that said he does a fine job of capturing the experience of a character rewriting her history each day through keeping a journal (stop for a second, however, and ask yourself if this is a good thing).
The premise is an interesting one, if not a bit overdone these days (in fact, see "Memento", the movie, a much more intriguing thriller that examines a protagonist with a terrifying memory affliction). In this particular take on the subject, a woman with memory problems--a wife who cannot retain the previous day's memories (or any long term memory at all) upon waking each morning--struggles to figure out who she is, what exactly happened to her, and perhaps most importantly, who she can trust.
Fair enough. There is some interesting potential here.
But then that plot line replays for three-quarters of the book! I literally found myself at 80% on my Kindle before I felt like the plot might be finally moving somewhere toward a revelation that was looming for several hundred pages. The first few times Watson's protagonist wakes up and has to reread her journal to remember who she is and what happened, it's mildly interesting. (NOTE: nothing has actually happened to her in these captured pages, other than remembering who she is, who her husband is, and who her doctor is). After this daily replay for a few hundred pages, it's time for the hangman's noose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So calm and collected, the perfect sociopath story with a great shocking jab at the end!Published 3 hours ago by Laura
I was so enthralled by this book that I read it on my phone any spare chance I got and I'm not a fan of phone reading. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Kathleen Shannon
I really loved the way the story was told. It was made into a movie, but the writing technique could not translate.Published 9 hours ago by juliawillc
Great thriller that I found intriguing! The author pulled me in from the start- amazing how much we need our memory for everything!Published 21 hours ago by Amy K Bassett
I am so happy I read this book, I struggled in the beginning almost got a little frustrated that every time she slept and woke she had no memory. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dayna
Could not put it down. Unlike anything I've ever read. Superb writing. Look forward to reading more from S J Watson.Published 1 day ago by Lorilee
Very intriguing and held my attention but got a bit repetitive and started to feel as though it was dragging on. Otherwise it was an enjoyable read.Published 2 days ago by Lynne Kraus
I thought this book would be tiring....character who wakes up each day with no memory past an accident, worked in a funny movie "Fifty First Dates", didn't think it would... Read morePublished 3 days ago by mweiss
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