A gripping, addictive thriller from the bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.
‘Simultaneously believable and terrifying...An edgy, disturbing read.’ Observer
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 guilty as sin.
She’s living two lives.
She might lose both.
‘A Fatal Attraction for the digital age, but with a crucial twist . . . Watson is a master at turning the screw.’ Evening Standard
‘A gripping read - deftly plotted, with convincing characters and an unsettling premise that builds to a truly disturbing conclusion. Second Life is ample proof that Watson is no mere one-hit wonder.’ Independent
‘Taut and twisty, it'll keep you up all night’ Glamour
‘This dark, tense, psychological thriller will keep you up all night’ Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday
‘Tension-driven...packed with suspense and surprises’ Woman & Home
READERS LOVE SECOND LIFE:
‘More twists and turns than a roller coaster’
‘Thought I had it all worked out but I didn't see the final twist coming!’
‘Reserve a weekend for it as you won't want to put it down until the very end’
‘Thought provoking, thrilling and at times frightening’
‘Fantastic, gripping and thrilling’
‘I just didn't want it to end. Superb!’
‘I twice forgot to get off my bus, I was so engrossed’
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its lust-fueled plot and dramatic mind games, Second Life set our pulses racing in more ways than one. The novel’s feisty heroine, Julia, reminded us of Gone Girl’s Amy—hard to love, but seductively dark and complicated. When Julia’s sister is murdered, she decides to launch her own investigation, stepping out of her middle-class comfort zone into a thinly veiled underworld of anonymous hookups and danger. As he did with his bestseller Before I Go to Sleep, S. J. Watson uses sinister plot twists to keep us on high alert. His novel raises disturbing questions about the ease of creating alternate identities in the digital age.
Julia Wilding, the narrator of bestseller Watson's overstuffed second novel (after 2011's Before I Go to Sleep), lives a comfortable middle-class life in London with her husband, Hugh, a cardiac surgeon, and their adopted son, 13-year-old Connor. In Julia's younger and wilder days she's a recovering alcoholic she was an art photographer, but now she's content to take family portraits. Then tragedy strikes. Julia's younger sister, Kate, is murdered in Paris, and she throws herself into catching Kate's killer. Though the sisters used to be close, a difficult childhood and Kate's often unpredictable ways came between them, but not before Julia and Hugh stepped in to care for Kate's son Connor is actually their nephew. Julia's quest for answers leads her to a sleazy online dating website, where she initially masquerades as Kate and meets a mysterious man, Lukas, who may or may not have known her sister. Soon she's embroiled with Lukas, as well as with Kate's roommate, Anna, both of whom have the requisite secrets, which are unspooled at a glacial pace.
OK, but too drawn out
I am sure others will enjoy this but halfway through gave up as I could see what was coming. Yes, I read the ending to confirm.
Fantastic, gripping, couldn't put it down, finished it in one day
The same page-turning suspense as the first book. I don't often buy ebooks but got fed up with the publication of the paperback being delayed. I couldn't put it down and look forward to the next book.