Book Review : Second Life by S J Watson

March 10, 2015 Book review 7 ★★

I was highly anticipating this book before I started it.  I enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep and I was expecting another twisty page turner.  And maybe lots of people will find this book to be just that but I’m not one of them.

Book Review : Second Life by S J WatsonSecond Life by S J Watson
Published by Random House UK on February 12th 2015
Genres: Crime, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
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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 . . .

First Line of Second Life by S J Watson:

“I climb the stairs but the door is closed.”

 My Thoughts on Second Life by S J Watson:

Let’s start with the ending, I loved that!  It was twisty and ambiguous which is something I always love in a book as it makes you think about it after you close the book.  If I had to name my favourite thing about this book, that would be it.  But let’s rewind now; that was my highlight but for most of the book I was either:

A: Annoyed


B: Bored

Neither of which are great emotions to experience while reading a book that you were excited about.  I failed to connect with the main character and a lot of my issues were to do with that.  Julia’s sister has been murdered and it seems to be by an online acquaintance.  The police seem to be getting nowhere and Julia decides to take matters into her own hands.

But going investigating herself by reaching out to the same online contacts seems naïve and foolhardy to me.   Julia seems to have little or no awareness of how easy it is for someone online to lie to her.  Which considering what just happened her sister just didn’t lie right with me.  Also she isn’t an inexperienced woman, she has a colourful past and again I would have just expected her to be a little more wary and savvy.

My other issue was with the pacing of the book.  It was slow.  I just couldn’t seem to get into it and it took me a full week to read it which for a psychological thriller is a bit unusual for me.  Usually once I start one, I can’t put them down as I just have to know where it’s all going.  But that wasn’t the case for me here.

Overall it just didn’t work for me but I do admire that ending!  And sad face as I really did want to enjoy one.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: two-stars


Who should read Second Life by S J Watson?

It’s hard for me to recommend this one as I didn’t personally enjoy it.  However the Goodreads average rating at the moment is 3.45 so obviously a lot of people do like the book.  Maybe check a few of their reviews if the synopsis has peaked your interest.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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7 Responses to “Book Review : Second Life by S J Watson”

  1. Leanna

    Hmmm…I don’t think a Goodreads average of 3.45 is all that good really. Every time I take a look at this book on Goodreads the average has dropped too, which says something (lots of 1 & 2 star ratings on there too!). I was very disappointed with this one – also I HATED the ending! LOL! I enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep so was hoping for good things here, but, nope. Also, the MC in this book has to be one of the most clueless characters I have ever come across!
    Leanna recently posted…Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.

  2. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    I just DNFed a book last night that had me annoyed AND bored. Neither of those emotions make a good book, unfortunately :/ I rarely enjoy a book with a MC that I can’t connect to. Nothing pulls you out of a book where you either can’t stand the MC or you could care less about her or you just don’t understand her. Glad the ending was awesome, though!
    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger recently posted…The Collector by Nora Roberts

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