Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Second Life by S.J Watson | Review

Second Life by S.J. Watson
Published: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 416
Received: via publisher and TLC Book Tours for honest review
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, a sensational new psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity that threatens to destroy her.

How well can you really know another person? How far would you go to find the truth about someone you love?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. But Julia's quest quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of own darkest sensual desires. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she's losing herself . . . losing control . . . perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life.

A tense and unrelenting novel that explores the secret lives people lead; and the dark places in which they can find themselves Second Life is a masterwork of suspense from the acclaimed S. J. Watson.

Interesting concept - the world of cyber sex. Another life - completely online where no one knows you, that is until they do. 

Julia is reeling over the death of her younger sister who has been murdered. While trying to figure out what happened, she stumbles upon her sisters secret life of online dating and hookups. She lets herself fall into a cyber world in the guise of locating her sisters murderer. At first I think it was truly to find her sisters killer, but then it becomes more. It's her way of tapping back into the world she once belonged to as a young woman. 

Flashbacks to her previous life keep popping up. You see what she was like, what she sometimes yearns for and sometimes is terrified could happen again.

Julia's life is starting to get out of control with all of the secrets and uncertainty. Her life starts unraveling, she's beginning to become paranoid and feels out of control. The story begins to get extremely intense and completely absorbs you just past the halfway mark. 

Yet again, just when I think I have part of the story figured out, BAM, not quite! I can't write too much, it gives away too much of the plot and the twists.

I still think Before I Go To Sleep wins for the thriller plotline, but Second Life is a close second. They are not even remotely alike, but both can keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing who and what. Both are great reads and I look forward to more by Watson.

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.


  1. This is the kind of book that keeps me up WAY too late at night because I simply cannot put it down. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. Really good review! I don't know if I personally would pick up something like this, but happy you enjoyed it!

    1. It was different, but I liked it. It was keeping with SJ Watson's style.


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