Second Life by S.J. Watson
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 9th, 2015 by Harper
Note: An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher for my participation in this TLC book tour and my honest review. All opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.
This is the much anticipated second novel from the best selling author of Before I Go to Sleep!
From the publisher:
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 . . .
Julia’s life is rocked when her sister Kate is brutally murdered. Julia cannot wrap her mind around the senseless violence, and longs to figure out what really happened. There must be an explanation. A reason. A trail for her to follow.
She befriends her sister’s flatmate and best friend. Through this friendship, Julia learns of Kate’s foray into the realm of online hookups. Julia decides that is where she must have met her killer. Julia makes her own profile to try to lure out her sister’s past hookups. However, as she digs deeper, she gets drawn into the world of online chatting and cybersex . . .
This book is certainly a page turner. I couldn’t put it down! When the main character’s life started spiralling out of control I just couldn’t look away . . . I didn’t particularly like the main character—but that was okay with me. I am kind of into that lately. However, this character was not totally unredeemable. If the character had been totally unredeemable, I might have had an issue. If you need a character you can particularly empathize with, maybe look elsewhere.
I thought the premise of this story was really interesting, especially in this day and age. It shows the darker side of online interaction as well as the addiction that can develop. It explores secret lives and seeks to answer the question, how well can you really know another person??
The ending wasn’t exactly satisfying. But it wasn’t terrible. I understood the antagonist’s motivation, but it didn’t seem like . . . quite enough motivation. That being said, I did not see the twist coming, so that was a plus!
Overall, I really liked this book. I didn’t like it as much as Before I Go To Sleep (that book is GOLD), but I did still enjoy it.
(You can check out my review of Before I Go To Sleep here.)
I recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers and don’t mind not loving the main character. However, if you have read Watson’s first book, I remind you that this is a separate entity and you should not expect it to be the same as Before I Go to Sleep! It’s a very different book! If you are more into character driven stories, this one may not be for you. If you like face paced plot-driven ones, this one is something you should check out!
About the Author
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.
S.J. Watson’s Tour Stops
To celebrate the release of Second Life, some bloggers will be reviewing S. J. Watson’s first book, Before I Go to Sleep!
Friday, July 3rd: Kissin Blue Karen – Before I Go To Sleep
Harper has been kind enough to provide a copy of Second Life to one lucky reader!
PLEASE make sure to read the Terms and conditions and follow the guidelines for each entry! Any entry that is not completed correctly will unfortunately be discarded.
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.