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It must be exceedingly difficult for an author to follow a hugely successful debut but S J Watson has risen to the task. Very different from his sensational Before I Go to Sleep this is nonetheless a terrific, tense read which really will keep you guessing to the end. It concerns the death of a girl in Paris and of her sister’s attempt to discover why. The two girls were alone as children and when one, Kate, has a child, the other, Julia, takes over bringing the boy up. When we join the story Kate has been hinting she wants her now teenage son back, then she is murdered. Julia goes to Paris, meets her sister’s flatmate, boyfriend and others discovering a complex life. I think we become pretty certain who the murderer is until the last half dozen pages and the truly unexpected ending. First rate. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like S. J. Watson you might also like to read books by Audrey Niffenegger, Maggie O'Farrell and Sophie McKenzie.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Speaking to this writer, S J Watson said he had (unsurprisingly) enjoyed the phenomenal success of his mega-selling debut novel Before I Go to Sleep, but expressed some trepidation about the appearance of the second book, the hurdle at which so many writers fall. And the response to Second Life, while generally good, has had some dissenting voices – which was to some degree inevitable, given the impact of that first novel. But there is no denying that Second Life shows that S J Watson is incontrovertibly no one-hit wonder. This is another highly convincing crime drama, full of pleasing distinctive touches, demonstrating precisely the same kind of grip as its predecessor. The narrative, in which a woman leads two lives, is handled with satisfying rigour, and it’s probably only a matter of time before the film companies come knocking on Watson’s door as they did for his first book.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Second Life by S. J. Watson

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.

Reviews

'A Fatal Attraction for the digital age, but with a crucial twist ... Watson is a master at turning the screw.' Evening Standard

'A gripping read - deftly plotted, with convincing characters and an unsettling premise that builds to a truly disturbing conclusion. Second Life is ample proof that Watson is no mere one-hit wonder.' Independent

'A gripping, contemporary thriller, this is the sort of thing you'll plough through in a hurried weekend of page turning.' ShortList Magazine

'A fierce, captivating portrait. Julia's disintegration is heartbreaking and underlines what a formidable presence Watson has as a writer: a star is confirmed.' Daily Mail

About the Author

S. J. Watson

S J Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, Before I Go To Sleep has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct.

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Publication date

28th July 2016

Author

S. J. Watson

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781784161644

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