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Second Life by [Watson, S. J.]
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Length: 416 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep.

How well can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control.

Perhaps losing everything.

Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead - and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.

S. J. Watson's debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep, has sold over four million copies and has been published in over 40 languages around the world. It has won several awards, including the UK's Crime Novel of the Year (2011) and the Prix du Polar Prize for Best Crime Novel in France. It was recently adapted into a major movie starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. S. J. Watson lives in London.

‘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

‘Watson has hit on something sinister and true with Second Life.’ Evening Standard

‘[Julia’s] disintegration is heartbreaking and underlies what a formidable presence Watson has as writer: a star is confirmed.’ Daily Mail

‘A gripping, contemporary thriller, this is the sort of thing you’ll plough through in a hurried weekend of page turning.’ Shortlist

Second Life doesn’t disappoint…You’ll be on the edge of your seat all the way through this thriller until its explosive ending.’ Sun

‘A compelling, claustrophobic slice of domestic noir.’ Spectator

‘Suspenseful…a tense and creepy tale.’ Heat

‘Another white-knuckle ride of a thriller…A masterclass in suspense.’ Good Housekeeping

‘Simultaneously believable and terrifying…an edgy, disturbing read.’ Observer

Second Life is, quite simply, a preposterously enjoyable adventure, one that demands to be devoured in one sitting.’ Weekend Australian

‘Watson skilfully builds tension and deception.‘ Herald Sun

‘A duck-and-dive page turner.’ Marie Claire


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1740 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (25 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PFWUV7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Many others have discussed the plot so I won't dwell too much on that here, nor will I compare it to his first excellent novel. The open ended conclusion left me very unsatisfied, and while I hate cliched happy endings I wanted some sort of closure. Watson's writing is fairly simplistic which means it's an easy read. There are some unusual similes like, 'the air was as thick as oil' and some scenes are included for no apparent purpose, such as seeing a stranger in the train and another stranger whilst photographing candids. I did however love the way Watson wrote the start of the affair - as the main character battles internally with her morals there are lots of short sentences. Then as she gives into her lust the writing changes into long, free-flowing sentences. This is very clever, effective writing. There are lots of twists to keep you guessing, as implausible as some if them are! I love technology and am fascinated by the increased potential deception facilitated by Internet communication and relationships, so this added a layer of intrigue and interest for me. I really enjoyed this book despite bring frequently frustrated at the unwise decisions of the main character and hating the ending!
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After reading the fantastic before I go to sleep, I was excited to find this book by the same author.
However, shallow unlike able characters, slow boring start to this book, made me want to put it down.
I persevered, and wished I hadn't with a terrible ending.
My advice? Serve this book.
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"There's a police car parked a few doors from the house, but its our front door that's open. I begin to run; my mind empties of everything but the need to see my son. I don't stop until I'm in the house, in the kitchen, and I see Hugh standing in front of me, talking to a woman in uniform. I take in Connor's towel and trunks, drying on the radiator, then Hugh and the officer turn to look at me. She's wearing an expression of perfect, studied neutrality, and I know it's the way Hugh looks when he's delivering bad news. My chest tightens, I hear myself shout, as if in a dream. "Where's Connor?" I'm saying. "Hugh! Where's our son?" But he doesn't answer. He's all I can see in the room. His eyes are wide; I can tell that something terrible has happened, something indescribable. Tell me! I want to shout, but I don't. I can't move; my lips won't form words. My mouth opens and then closes. I swallow. I'm underwater, I can't breathe. I watch as Hugh steps towards me, try to shake him off when he takes my arm, then find my voice. "Tell me!" I say over and over, and a moment later he opens his mouth and speaks." (Quote)

I literally could not put this book down once I started it. It swept me along like a river in flood.
It is fast paced and tautly written. SJ Watson know his stuff. His portrayal of Julia's addictive personality is frighteningly realistic to anyone who has had anything to do with an addict of any kind. For an addict is always an addict, and if you take away one addiction, they will simply replace it with another.

Julia has a history of addiction - to heroin, to alcohol, to sex, to excitement.

When Julia's younger sister Kate, the mother of her adopted son Connor, is murdered Julia becomes obsessed with finding her killer.
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Okay, here it is - the book I'll be recommending as required summer reading this year....Second Life by S.J. Watson.

Watson' debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, was a runaway success. I absolutely loved it. (It's also a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth) When I heard Watson had a new novel coming out, it immediately went on my must read list. But I did wonder if he could match the success of that first book. The answer is a resounding yes!

Julia and her husband Hugh have been raising Julia's nephew Connor as their son since he was a toddler. When her sister Kate is murdered in Paris and the crime remains unsolved, Julia feels compelled to try to see what she can find out for both her sake and Connor's.

Julia connects with Kate's roommate and learns that Kate was active in online hook up sites - casual sex online or in person. You can see it coming can't you.....yep, Julia joins the same site......

"I have another message, but it's not from him. This one is from someone new. As I open it I get the strangest feeling. A plunging, a descent. A door has been nudged open. Something is coming."

I'll tell you what's coming - one heck of a great read! Psychological, suspenseful twisty turny, keep you up late kinda read. I found myself breaking my rule (never peek ahead in a book) more than once - you know - just to see what happens and then going back to read a little slower.

Julia finds herself caught up in this online world......and then it spills over into her real life.....

"I wish I'd never met him. I don't know who he is, this man, this person I've let into my life. I want everything to go back to how it was before."

Uh, huh. It's too late Julia.
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Loved his first novel Before I Go To Sleep so eagerly ordered this one prior to its release. It is so bad, the plot is wafer thin and the main characters are illogical and behave in an unbelievable way, it beggars belief. The main female character is just silly. Really awful.
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