From the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep , a sensational new psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity that threatens to destroy her.
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From the New York Times bestselling 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 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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Julia Wilding, the narrator of bestseller Watson’s overstuffed second novel (after 2011’s Before I Go to Sleep), lives a comfortable middle-class life in London with her husband, Hugh, a cardiac surgeon, and their adopted son, 13-year-old Connor. In Julia’s younger and wilder days—she’s a recovering alcoholic—she was an art photographer, but now she’s content to take family portraits. Then tragedy strikes. Julia’s younger sister, Kate, is murdered in Paris, and she throws herself into catching Kate’s killer. Though the sisters used to be close, a difficult childhood and Kate’s often unpredictable ways came between them, but not before Julia and Hugh stepped in to care for Kate’s son—Connor is actually their nephew. Julia’s quest for answers leads her to a sleazy online dating website, where she initially masquerades as Kate and meets a mysterious man, Lukas, who may or may not have known her sister. Soon she’s embroiled with Lukas, as well as with Kate’s roommate, Anna, both of whom have the requisite secrets, which are unspooled at a glacial pace. Agent: Clare Conville, Conville & Walsh Literary Agency (U.K.). (June)