Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Second Life by S. J. Watson

Author: S. J. Watson
Publisher: Harper
Date of publication: June 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep, a sensational new psychological thriller about a woman with a secret identity that threatens to destroy her.
How well can you really know another person? How far would you go to find the truth about someone you love?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. But Julia’s quest quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of own darkest sensual desires. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she’s losing herself . . . losing control . . . perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family, and her life.

A tense and unrelenting novel that explores the secret lives people lead; and the dark places in which they can find themselves Second Life is a masterwork of suspense from the acclaimed S. J. Watson.

Lately, I have not had great luck with thrillers. Second Life seems to have gotten mixed reviews and I am definitely in the DNF/ did not like group.  I really found nothing thrilling about this book.  I was bored and found myself constantly skimming.  I have read that the book picks up in the second half.  But honestly, I really shouldn't have to wait for the second half of a book for it to get better.  Especially one that is supposed to be a thriller.

I didn't like the main character, Julia.  I definitely kept feeling like I had walked into the middle of a movie with no frame of reference.  As I said, I did skim some, but ended up skipping to the end to see who killed Kate.  The whole book can be pretty much summed up in the last few pages.  I am just glad I didn't read the entire book only to get the ending I read.  I'm not a fan of open-ended endings.  

I have not had the pleasure of reading Before I Go to Sleep, so I can't compare this one to his debut.  I hear a it's a great book.  Maybe this is just a second book glitch?

About the author:
S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London. His first novel was the award-winning Before I Go to Sleep, which has sold over four million copies in more than forty languages around the world. It was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

Find out more about S.J. at his website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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S. J. Watson’s Tour Stops

To celebrate the release of Second Life, some bloggers will be reviewing S. J. Watson’s first book, Before I Go to Sleep.

Tuesday, June 9th: Fuelled by Fiction – Second Life
Wednesday, June 10th: Always With a Book – Second Life
Thursday, June 11th: Peeking Between the Pages – Second Life
Monday, June 15th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books – Before I Go To Sleep
Monday, June 15th: A Bookworm’s World  – Second Life
Tuesday, June 16th: Kissin Blue Karen – Second Life
Thursday, June 18th: Kritters Ramblings – Second Life
Monday, June 22nd: Ace and Hoser Blook – Second Life
Tuesday, June 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller – Second Life
Wednesday, June 24th: From the TBR Pile – Second Life
Wednesday, June 24th: Why Girls Are Weird – Before I Go To Sleep
Thursday, June 25th: Kahakai Kitchen – Second Life
Friday, June 26th: Staircase Wit – Second Life
Monday, June 29th: Sara’s Organized Chaos – Second Life
Tuesday, June 30th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books – Second Life
Wednesday, July 1st: Bookshelf Fantasies – Second Life
Wednesday, July 1st: Booked on a Feeling – Second Life
Thursday, July 2nd: FictionZeal – Second Life
Thursday, July 2nd: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Second Life
Friday, July 3rd: Kissin Blue Karen – Before I Go To Sleep
Friday, July 10th: A Literary Vacation – Before I Go To Sleep
TBD: My Bookshelf – Second Life
TBD: Why Girls Are Weird – Second Life

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