I was so lucky to receive a an advance copy of Second Life by SJ Watson. I loved Before I Go To Sleep so was very excited to see what SJ’s second novel would bring us.
Here’s the blurb:
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 . . .
This book is full of tension from the beginning. When Julia’s sister is murdered, it starts a chain of events which lead Julia down a path she never thought she’d go down. Julia has a good life with her husband and adopted son, Conner. However, the death of her sister, Kate, hits her hard, and she wants answers about her sisters death. When Julia finds out Kate’s life and her secrets, she starts trying to find out whether she can identify her sisters killer. By doing this, the decisions she makes changes her life forever.
It’s so hard writing about this book and not giving spoilers away. However, when you start reading you assume you know where this book is going to go, and then things start to change and you realise it’s not about what you think at all. I loved the book, the tension was built throughout and it keeps you guessing. However, there were a few plot twists that I felt didn’t really fit or were a bit too coincidental – it verged on the unbelievable for me, but I felt the rest of the book is so good that you can overlook this. The ending of the book is a real show stopper and leaves you wanting more, and asking questions.
I didn’t really identify with Julia, and at times found her a bit annoying. I felt that at times she couldn’t see or work out which things I did, which were a bit obvious. Her decision making ability is also tortuous and some decisions she makes, you want to scream “no!” At her, especially towards the end of the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s got the same ability to make you want to just sit and read the whole book in one setting. It’s gripping, and interesting plot and whilst I wasn’t overly keen on the ending, it does the book justice. I love a book with tension, keeping you guessing and when you try and work things out as you read along, and this book is exactly that.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Second Life by S J Watson is published on 12th February by Doubleday