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S J Watson

UK flag (b.1971)

S. J. Watson's first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success. A bestseller around the world, it won the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year.

The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014 and is now available on DVD.
S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and now lives in London.

Genres: Mystery
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2012) : Before I Go To Sleep

S J Watson recommends
Tideline (2011)
Penny Hancock
"Brilliantly written and totally gripping. I loved it."
Under a Silent Moon (2013)
(DCI Louisa Smith, book 1)
Elizabeth Haynes
"Intense, gripping . . . utterly unputdownable."
The Miniaturist (2014)
(Miniaturist, book 1)
Jessie Burton
"The Miniaturist is that rarest of things – beautifully written, yet also a compelling page-turner. It's haunting, magical, and full of surprises, the kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading."
Death and the Seaside (2016)
Alison Moore
"A gem of a book. bewitching and beguiling. Moore's writing is beautiful and precise."
The Feed (2018)
Nick Clark Windo
"The Feed is a chilling, dystopian page-turner - I was hooked from the very beginning and haunted for days after finishing it."
Take Nothing With You (2018)
Patrick Gale
"A fascinating story, gripping, moving and exquisitely written, this is a wonderful gift of a book from one of the best writers working today."
Good Samaritans (2018)
(Detective Sergeant Pace, book 1)
Will Carver
"Totally addictive. Like Fight Club, only darker."
Red Corona (2020)
(Richard Knox, book 1)
Tim Glister
"A thoroughly engaging spy thriller that had me gripped from start to finish and left me desperate for more!"
The Lamplighters (2021)
Emma Stonex
"Beautifully written and evocative, this is a mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. It kept me gripped throughout, and I didn’t want it to end. Wonderful."
Tall Bones (2021)
Anna Bailey
"An intricate and compelling thriller, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully claustrophobic. Brilliant."
Flight Risk (2021)
Joy Castro
"A deftly intelligent literary thriller, Flight Risk is that rarest of beasts—beautifully written yet a real page-turner, too. Wonderful."
The Shot (2022)
Sarah Sultoon
"Shocking and visceral, this novel deals with the horrors of war - a brave, important and utterly compelling book."
Truly, Darkly, Deeply (2022)
Victoria Selman
"An absorbing and captivating read, this held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Brilliant!"

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