SECOND LIFE: A NOVEL by S.J. WatsonSecond Life: A Novel by S. J. Watson
Published by Transworld Publishers Limited on February 12th 2015
Pages: 432
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective
Also by this author: Before I Go to Sleep
ARC provided by TLC Book Tours

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The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep . . .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 both . . .

Reading time 2 mins

I flew through this book. At first it was due to scheduling, then it was because I couldn’t put it down. This book hit a nerve with me. It just made me uncomfortable until I began to understand the protagonist. Second Life was a thriller that kept me guessing.

Julia just found out her sister Kate is dead. Killed in alleyway with no signs of rape or theft. Kate’s life is over. Julia is stricken and mourning. She has custody of Kate’s son and the perfect life. She is happily married and she loves her adopted son like her own. But Julia becomes obsessed with Kate’s killer. She can’t rest until she finds out the truth. Her curiosity will take her into online meet-ups and casual sex with strangers. Aided by a friend, she begins to live a double life. Her lies will cost her everything. Julia risks it all to pursue the man who might have harmed her sister.

I have to say right away that the first part of this book was slow. It built up so that I became very familiar with the way Julia thought. I began to anticipate her moves. She is not a smart girl and in trying to track her sister online, she makes countless mistakes. I know some people will have problems with Julia’s duality. She is a loving housewife one moment, and a sexy vixen living out fantasies the next. The morality of Julia didn’t bother me. I don’t care that she ended up cheating on her husband. There must of been something wrong that she was so eager to look elsewhere.

I loved the idea of this story. People are not usually what they seem like online, and I actually enjoyed Julia’s transformation. With her history, I knew there had to be more to this woman. I was not disappointed. The last chapter revealed things about Julia that made me hate her though. She deserved what happened to her, in my opinion. I felt bad for Conner, her son, he was the real victim of this story. The author kept me guessing until the very end. The second half of this book was fast paced and very gripping. I really can’t say much in this review without spoiling it. It wasn’t a twist so much as it was a very wild ride.

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About S. J. Watson

S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London. His first novel was the award-winning Before I Go to Sleep, which has sold over four million copies in more than forty languages around the world. It was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

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