Written By: S. J. Watson

Narrated By: Orlagh Cassidy

Date: June 2011

Duration: 11 hours 32 minutes

Summary:

New York Times Bestseller

“An exceptional thriller. It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished the last page.”  –Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Shutter Island

“Imagine drifting off every night knowing that your memories will be wiped away by morning. That’s the fate of Christine Lucas, whose bewildering internal world is rendered with chilling intimacy in this debut literary thriller. . . . You’ll stay up late reading until you know.”  — People (4 stars)

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 be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life. Every morning, she awakens beside a stranger in an unfamiliar bed. She sees a middle-aged face in the bathroom mirror that she does not recognize. And every morning, the man patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven-years-old, and that an accident long ago damaged her ability to remember.

In place of memories Christine has a handful of pictures, a whiteboard in the kitchen, and a journal, hidden in a closet. She knows about the journal because Dr. Ed Nash, a neurologist who claims to be treating her without Ben’s knowledge, reminds her about it each day. Inside its pages, the damaged woman has begun meticulously recording her daily events—sessions with Dr. Nash, snippets of information that Ben shares, flashes of her former self that briefly, miraculously appear.

But as the pages accumulate, inconsistencies begin to emerge, raising disturbing questions that Christine is determined to find answers to. And the more she pieces together the shards of her broken life, the closer she gets to the truth . . . and the more terrifying and deadly it is.

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  • Anonymous

    so boring no "excitement" until the 10th hour

  • Shawn B.

    Great book, I enjoyed all the twists and turns. It kep me wondering that’s for sure!

  • veronica murin

    this story caught my interest from the beginning, never expected the ending thought, good book

  • Reina h

    The book was extremely slow, and repetitive and the ending predictable. The best part of the book were the characters. They were well developed and relatable. The narrator was very good and was able to keep me somewhat engaged in the story. I would not recommend this read.

  • lorraine gonzalez

    Great book. I'd definitely recommend. I really felt like I was there with Christine struggling with her throughout her journey.

  • Heather Beatty-Eastman

    very engaging story that drops enough clues to make the ending very satisfying. the narrator has a great pace and gives each character a distinctive voice. highly recommended.

  • Kevin Happeny

    Very good book. A bit long at times with unnecessary details but a fun listen over all

  • kristen Klimacek

    I couldn't stop listening. I kept predicting what would happen and I was always wrong. The author did a great job not seeming repetitive with the amnesia.

  • Nancy Dobosiewicz

    Amazing book. Kept me hanging on to the very end.

  • Heather Payne

    Good one I enjoyed the story and narrator. It is very repetitious because of the amnesia. I did figure the end with a twist. Movie is also good.

  • Hillary Bird

    I really enjoyed this book.. a lot of captivating twists but I thought the ending got a little cheesy. Overall a good listen

  • Mariella Smith

    Great book, enjoyed listening to it. The ending was a surprise.

  • Laura Cochran

    An interesting premise and a fine narrator. I enjoyed this psychological thriller even if it was a bit of a slog because the main character has to review details to support the plot.

  • Nancy Sawyer

    I really liked this book. Now I can't wait to see the movie.

  • Holly Harrison

    Imagine waking up not knowing, believing yourself to be only twenty years old and when seeing your elderly reflection looking back at you, losing twenty years of your life in the blink of an eye. Although the narration was compelling, and well-paced, certain points of the audiobook could have been slightly shorter without affecting the overall plot. Written over a two week period it was a mystery to find out who she really is!

  • M K

    Great debut novel from a first-time author. I'm a sucker for psychological thrillers, so this was right up my alley. It felt a little predictable, but I enjoyed it.

  • Amanda McMurray

    I enjoyed this book and did not see anything wrong with the narrator. It was very suspenseful and I couldn't wait to finish it.

  • Cheryll Labovitz

    She is very hard to understand. Stopped listining after a couple min.

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