"Isn't that what we're all trying to do, on some level? Show our best face to the world, leave the darkness within? The screen of the Internet just makes it easier." ~ pg. 67
Author of Before I Go To Sleep, is back with a new novel titled Second Life. With high expectations set, I dived in reading the ARC. Julia is settled into her life in London with her surgeon husband and teenage son. Life is uneventful until the brutal murder of her sister, who lived in Paris, opens old wounds. After speaking with Anna, her sister's best friend, she finds out the extent of her sister's second life of online chat rooms and cybersex.
What started out as a search for the truth turns into Julia giving in to her own desires. With plans to seek out her sister's killer, she creates an online profile and meets Lukas in an online chat room. She soon finds out that so much can go wrong. It's not only cybersex. Things can get really dangerous.
"What had seemed manageable is now out of control; what had been in a box has now broken free." ~ pg. 172
Second Life starts off really slow. The suspense didn't build until halfway through the story. Perhaps because the main character was not likable. She didn't think logically and kept making dumb mistakes. With that aside, having read another S.J. Watson novel, I expected a good twist. I knew whatever twist I thought I figured out, was not true. While this follow-up book was not as good as Watson's debut novel, it still threw me for loop after loop. And the ending left me quite annoyed, literally flipping the ePages and wondering if the galley didn't fully download. Surely I am missing a chapter. Because that ending?! If this is the reaction the author wanted from readers, then bingo.
Second Life will be published on February 12, 2015. Mystery lovers, add it to your wish list. If you aren't into psychological twisted reads, pass on this book.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Author: S.J. Watson
Published: February 2015
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