“Before I Go to Sleep”August 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Fiction | 6 Comments
This book is a suspense masterpiece. If S. J. Watson can produce a book like Before I Go to Sleep as a debut, then we can look forward to great things in store.
This was one of the best books I have read this year. It strikes that perfect pitch of slightly gothic unease, mystery, plot twists, and a deeply affecting central character. Amnesia is the theme, but I really can’t say much else without spoiling it.
One thing I will say is that I assumed the author was a woman until I had finished the book. You know I have a fixation with author photos, and suddenly it struck me that I hadn’t seen one and didn’t know the author’s first name. I looked on Amazon and, surprise surprise, “S. J.” is a man. This matters to me because I don’t often think men write women well. This is the very first time I would have believed a male author writing a woman character was actually a fellow female. Well done.