From the New York Times best-selling 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 her 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.
©2015 S. J. Watson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I'm so disappointed in this book. I enjoyed Before I Go to Sleep, but this book is sort of the same except that the main character, instead of making stupid decisions because she's brain-damaged, makes stupid decisions because she's stupid. She doesn't do a single thing right no matter how many chances she gets, and she seems not understand very basic things about cell phones and social media even though she's only in her 30's. It really surprised me. I read an interview with Val McDermid in which she said that SJ Watson was a fresh new voice, but nothing about this book was fresh or new.
If you're new to crime fiction, you might enjoy this book because you won't have heard it all before. But if you've been reading books like this for a while now, don't bother. You'll feel like an idiot if you stick around waiting for the plot to twist.
Not if the main character is as dimwitted as this one! She was so irritating- it made the story completely unbelievable.
I enjoyed Susan Lyons narration of Me Before You. I don't think anything could have helped this story.
The main one!
Julia, the central character is a tiresome self dramatising hysteric. I wound up disliking her more than the villian of the book.
Book-lover and outdoor adventurer, with a long commute & serious addiction to audio-books.
Definitely not. This was the most unsatisfying novel I have finished in a long time. The author didn't take any time to really develop the characters. The main character is completely helpless, unlikable and unrelatable. The end seemed like a lazy cop-out.
I definitely would not.
Perhaps. I disliked the novel so much that it's hard for me to say whether the narration was good.
I thought the main character was so ridiculous and the story so flat, that I don't think any editing could save it.
At first I was going to give this 3 stars as a so-so story -- a protagonist who is self absorbed, often stupid, incapable with technology, and incapable of making good choices. Very maddening. However, herein lies the brilliance of the story. The author takes us into the mind of an addictive personality and lets the story unfold there. We are trapped like the protagonist in a mind that does not engage the world completely but is always wrestling with compulsions and uncontrolled desires. Very well done and a very good performance.
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