SJ Watson's journey from undiscovered writer to best-selling author has been rapid by anyone's standards. After being accepted into the first Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' course in 2009, the Midlands-born writer produced the international bestseller 'Before I go to Sleep'. Not only did this psychological thriller become a Sunday Times bestseller, but it cracked America too as a New York Times bestseller and is now available in 42 territories worldwide. Today, SJ Watson has no shortage of awards, including the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year and the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Debut Novel. This scintillating debut was acquired for film by Ridley Scott's production company and turned into a box office smash staring Nicole Kidman.
It is likely that SJ Watson drew on his medical knowledge gained from an NHS day job to write about a woman suffering from memory loss who is unsure what is and is not true. After working his day shifts at the hospital he would return home at night to write. Having delighted the world with his critically acclaimed debut, he has now also published his second book: Second Life.
She loves her husband. She's obsessed by a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything. She knows what she's doing. She's out of control. She's innocent. She's guilty as sin. She's living two lives. She might lose them both...
Second Life is the sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep.
Before I Go To Sleep
For the book's main protagonist, Christine, every day is groundhog day. She wakes up with no memory of who she is, with a strange man lying in the bed next to her. The story charts her efforts to piece her life together as she tries to keep a journal to jog her memory and seeks out the testimonies of various people who claim to have known her at different stages. They include her husband Ben and the psychiatrist whom she confides in.
'Before I go to Sleep' is a deeply unsettling exploration of memory loss which uproots our most basic concepts of reality, while questioning how much we can ever trust the motives of others. In the words of Judy Finnigan (of Richard and Judy): "Wow. What a creepy, disturbing, unsettling and thoroughly frightening novel this is. I loved it. So compelling is 'Before I go to Sleep' that I finished it in two straight readings, before and after lunch."
Before I Go To Sleep - SJ Watson
"My name is Christine Lucas. I'm 47. I'm an amnesiac." Memories define us... so what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? In the words of Lionel Shriver, the prolific writer who knows a thing or two about writing unsettling psychological thrillers, 'Before I go to Sleep' is a cracking thriller. Meanwhile, Dennis Lehane said: "It left my nerves jangling for hours after I finished reading the last page" and Tess Gerritsen claimed it was "quite simply the best debut novel I've ever read".