42. Second Life (S.J. Watson)

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“I realize with sudden clarity that we’re wearing masks, all of us, all the time.  We’re presenting a face, a version of ourselves, to the world, to each other.  We show a different face depending on who we’re with and what they expect of us.  Even when we’re alone its just another mask, the version of ourselves we’d prefer to be”

Looking for a thriller after reading Gone Girl or Girl on a Train?  Second Life by S.J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep will keep you engaged and guessing until the very end.  It is a quick read about a woman, living a routine life as a wife and mother, who gets drawn into scary second life following the murder of her sister.

Julia lives a seemingly, idyllic life as a surgeon’s wife and mother yet she is not completely satisfied.  After her sister is killed, she begins to search in the unpredictable world of online hook-ups telling herself it was to protect her son.  As she begins a dangerous affair, her life spins out of control and she learns that her affair has put her son in danger.

This is another novel that it is difficult to describe without giving too much away so  this review will be brief.  It is a great, dramatic read as Julia learns, the hard way, to appreciate the love she has.  I think that this would be a great novel to see on the big screen and hope that it will be made into a movie.

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