Author(s): Steven J. Watson
"The second psychological thriller from S. J. Watson, author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep. 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 killed, she'll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her boy. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control. Perhaps losing everything. A tense, unrelenting novel set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead:and the dark places where they can end up. "
'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 'Watson has hit on something sinister and true with Second Life.' Evening Standard '[Julia's] disintegration is heartbreaking and underlies what a formidable presence Watson has as writer: a star is confirmed.' Daily Mail 'A gripping, contemporary thriller, this is the sort of thing you'll plough through in a hurried weekend of page turning.' Shortlist 'Second Life doesn't disappoint...You'll be on the edge of your seat all the way through this thriller until its explosive ending.' Sun 'A compelling, claustrophobic slice of domestic noir.' Spectator 'Suspenseful...a tense and creepy tale.' Heat 'Another white-knuckle ride of a thriller...A masterclass in suspense.' Good Housekeeping 'Simultaneously believable and terrifying...an edgy, disturbing read.' Observer 'Second Life is, quite simply, a preposterously enjoyable adventure, one that demands to be devoured in one sitting.' Weekend Australian 'Watson skilfully builds tension and deception.' Herald Sun 'A duck-and-dive page turner.' Marie Claire 'Gripping and skilful' Guardian 'There is much to admire in Second Life and much to be gripped by.' Times 'A heart-racing page-turner that delves deep into the darker side of internet romance.' Woman's Weekly 'Taut and twisty, it'll keep you up all night.' Glamour
S. J. Watson's debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep, has sold over four million copies and has been published in over 40 languages around the world. It has won several awards, including the UK's Crime Novel of the Year (2011) and the Prix du Polar Prize for Best Crime Novel in France. Before I Go to Sleep was adapted into a major movie starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. The film of Watson's second novel, Second Life, will be made by Reese Witherspoon's production company in conjunction with Warner Bros.