Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

Second Life by S.J. Watson

S.J. Watson writes such good suspense. I loved Before I Go to Sleep (4 stars). And this book was compelling as well. There is something about the writing. I couldn’t put it down even though I was kind of hating the book for the middle 200 pages.

The main character is in this book, Julia, is just painful to read about. She is so lost – in her youth when she runs away from a bad experience in Berlin and marries Hugh, now as she searches for understanding about her sister’s murder. It was like watching the main character in a bad horror movie continue to do stupid things, like go outside after getting a frightening phone call.

After finding her sister’s password for an online sex site, Julia decides to impersonate her. She’s convinced she can find out who murdered Kate. Even though the police have supposedly already gone on the site. She fools herself into thinking that starting a relationship with this guy, Lukas, is going to help her find Kate’s killer. Even once Lukas proves to be a sadistic stalker, she refuses to involve the police.

At times I actually found myself hoping Julia would be murdered also.

I kept reading because I had to know what happened. I made myself finish the book, and I was pleased that I’d guessed some of the truth. But this book was not nearly as good as his first book. I was disappointed.

Rating: 2 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

Second Life
S. J. Watson
Fiction
Doubleday
February 12, 2015
Hardcover
425

The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep...

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...

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