Monday, July 20, 2015

Second Life by S.J. Watson

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 . . .

"Before I Go to Sleep" was a story that really made an impression on myself. From the start, I've been hooked and really enjoyed the author writing style. My imagination has been played by all the twists until a very good ending.
So I was very excited to put my hands on a new story.

While reading the synopsis, telling you nothing but making you anticipate a lot…I was already thrilled to start.
And the author has been able to keep my interest until the middle of the plot.

A murder, a woman trying to find the killer of her sister, online dating or more like cyber sex. The main character Julia will jeopardize her married life by crossing the line between fantasy and a real life affair.

It was interesting but the characters were not strong enough. Julia and her husband have trouble in their relationship but they don't really work on it. The heroine has a colorful past but nothing made her deep or likable enough. It's like she has stopped living by submitting to her husband. The death of her sister and the online encounter with a young stranger will bring her to life. Unfortunately, she seems more like a lost naive child than a woman who has a second life.

Then, it has become ugly with a bit of rough sexual encounters or dark fantasies about rape or threesome and the author has lost me. It was not an issue with the subjects, it was the way the author bring it up. It was more boring than scary.
Since it was supposed to be a psychological romantic thriller, it's always a bad sign when the reader is getting bored.
Worst: the more I was trying to turn the pages, the more I was losing interest in the story.
So I've never finished it.
And I'm very disappointed as I was really expecting to enjoy myself.

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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