Sunday 3 May 2015

Second Life by SJ Watson

4 out of 5 stars

This is the story of Julia, whose sister, Kate was murdered in Paris. Julia, obsessed with finding out what happened, confronts the sordid world that Kate was a part of. Haunted by demons in her own past, but thinking she has overcome them, Julia feels she owes her sister the truth, so persists with her quest. As the tale unfolds, more evil emerges. The intensity builds. Manipulation, lies, twists and turns become a tumultuous whirlpool in which no one can be trusted.

I enjoyed the characterization of the addictive personality, and the contrasts between the real world, where values exist, but are not always upheld, and the cyber-world, where nothing is as it seems, personas are created, and lies are added in layers.

Sensitive readers will not like the sex, violence and subject matter.

The protagonist was mildly annoying, and slightly dim, but I had sympathy with her conflict.

The conclusion was inevitable. A good psychological thriller.

This book features in my recent best reads

If you liked The Girl on the Train, you will like this novel.

You may also like Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll or The Abduction by Mark Gimenez.



Anonymous said...

Great review! My only disagreement is with your "If you liked..." comparison. I generally disliked "Girl on the Train" and often refer to it as a "slow moving train". The main difference IMO is that Watson's Julia is flawed, yes but SJ Watson does not go off the rails reminding us again and again as Paula Hawkins did with her protagonist, Rachel. Second Life is by far (again IMO) better. I also had GOTT figured out very early on and Second Life had me guessing and flip-flopping right up to the end.

Bev Bouwer said...

I like your comment, and agree that Second Life's way of showing the protagonist was superior. Perhaps I enjoyed GOTT more than you did. What would stand up well to Second Life?