by S.J. Watson
Second Life was a page-turner for sure. As a thriller, it has all the elements of suspense, characters that may or may not be what they seem, twists...
What it had that I could have done without was a main character who was frustrating to me and made it hard to get behind her. She KNEW she was doing the wrong thing, knew she shouldn't do this or that, and even voiced that opinion to us! But what did she keep on doing? Whatever it was that she should not do. That's tiresome.
The book had all the elements of 4-stars and I just couldn't. But I still recommend it as an exciting page turner. And then it's done. And then it's forgotten. I'm going to read another S.J. Watson book next, perhaps I just didn't quite get the character.
Oh! And I'm not into the ambiguous ending either. Please, as an author, finish your story! Anyone can make up a maybe she did this, maybe she did that ending. A good writer, in my mind - and especially one that writes thrillers - will explain to the reader WHY they went on that ride with you. We all have other things we could do and read; I don't feel the completeness of a finished novel with the sort of cliff hanger offered here.
Born The United Kingdom
Genre Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction
S J Watson was born in the UK, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years.
In 2011 Watson's debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, was released to critical acclaim. It has now been published in over 40 languages, and has become an international bestseller, winning numerous awards.
The movie of Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, is due for worldwide release in Autumn 2014. Second Life, Watson's second book, is out now, and has already been a top ten bestseller.