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Second Life

A gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep.

How well can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control.

Perhaps losing everything.

Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead—and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.


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S. J. Watson
About the Author

S. J. Watson’s first novel, Before I Go to Sleep (2011), has sold more than six million copies worldwide. It won the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, was released in 2014. S. J. Watson...

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‘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.’

‘Watson has hit on something sinister and true with Second Life.’

‘[Julia’s] disintegration is heartbreaking and underlies what a formidable presence Watson has as writer: a star is confirmed.’

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

Second Life doesn’t disappoint…You’ll be on the edge of your seat all the way through this thriller until its explosive ending.’

‘A compelling, claustrophobic slice of domestic noir.’

‘Suspenseful…a tense and creepy tale.’

‘Another white-knuckle ride of a thriller…A masterclass in suspense.’

‘Simultaneously believable and terrifying…an edgy, disturbing read.’

‘Second Life is, quite simply, a preposterously enjoyable adventure, one that demands to be devoured in one sitting.’

‘Watson skilfully builds tension and deception.‘

‘A duck-and-dive page turner.’

‘Gripping and skilful’

‘There is much to admire in Second Life and much to be gripped by.’

‘A heart-racing page-turner that delves deep into the darker side of internet romance.’

‘Taut and twisty, it’ll keep you up all night.’

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  • Second Life
    ISBN: 9781921961472
    25 February 2015
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