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review 2017-06-11 19:33
Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson

 

Christine has an extraordinary problem: ever since a specific event, her memory is impaired so that she suffers amnesia every time she goes to sleep. 

The next morning, she has to relearn her own life's story. Every single day.

 

When she finds a note in a journal that says "Do not trust Ben." things start to unravel.

 

Huh. So, this was a debut novel. A debut novel that kept me intrigued from the start to the very end, and made me consider whether I really needed to keep appointments today.

 

I did end up going out but regretted it half-way through my exercise in the park session, and was longing to get back to the book. That does not happen that often, even with the most gripping of mysteries.

 

There is not much that I can say about the plot or the characters without giving away spoilers. However, I really liked how the author fleshed out Christine, our MC. So much so, that I was under the impression that S.J. Watson was a woman. I only found out my mistake after I looked up what other books he had written.

 

While the characters were fantastically real, there were a few issues with the plot by way of loose ends and I also had a problem with the pacing of the novel - until it dawned on me that the repetitive writing emphasised the repetitive efforts of our MC to try and piece together the fragments of her own life every day to find out who she is and what happened to her.

 

I had several theories throughout the book but I am delighted to say that I was not able to see the solution until the last few chapters when I was literally sitting on the edge of my chair to find out what happened next.

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text 2017-06-11 12:32
Reading progress update: I've read 87%.
Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson

Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggghhhh.........

 

I just cannot put this book down!!!

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review 2017-04-20 23:38
Review of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

It had been a while since I had read a Stephen King novel.  As always, I enjoyed the story a great deal.  King has a way of writing and building characters that is second to none, and I can't recall ever reading his work and not coming away entertained.  This novel is a sequel of sorts to his famous book The Shining, but it certainly stands along as its own story.  I cannot say much that has not already been said about this book, but I would recommend it and I think that it shows King has not lost a step.

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review 2017-04-20 19:19
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

PI Philip Marlowe´s first case and he gets more than he has bargained for. Starting of with a case of blackmail, he suddenly has to deal with multiple homicides, gun-wielding thugs and crazy women.

 

I really enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with it. I loved the atmosphere that Raymond Chandler is able to create with his prose. It´s one of these books where everything that´s been going on before my inner eye has been tinted in black and white - the true noir colors. Chandler has a wonderful way with words and I loved the snappy dialogue between the characters, who all are flawed in some way or another.

 

What I didn´t like about the book is the misogyny and homophobia that is on display throughout the whole book (but probably very true to the time that the story is set in). And the language was sometimes difficult to follow, because Chandler writes in the vernacular of the 1930s.

 

But overall it has been a great read and it won´t be my last bookish encounter with the moody noir private investigator Marlowe.

 

Book 2 of the Booklikes-opoly

Page Count: 251

Earned Money: $3.00

New Bank account: $26.00

 

 

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text 2017-04-17 15:01
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 252 pages.
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

"It was about eleven o´clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn´t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars."

 

Love that first paragraph.

 

The Big Sleep is my second read in the first round of Booklikes-opoly (because I managed a double with my first dice roll) and it´s my pick for an author that has been born before 1955.

 

 

 

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