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How well 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 violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control. 

Perhaps losing everything.

Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead—and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.

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‘Simultaneously believable and terrifying... An edgy, disturbing read.’ 


‘A Fatal Attraction for the digital age, but with a crucial twist... Watson is a master at turning the screw.’ 

Evening Standard

'Kept me on the edge of my seat.' 

Reese Witherspoon

She loves her husband.
She’s obsessed by a stranger.

She’s a devoted mother.
She’s prepared to lose everything.

She knows what she's doing.
She’s out of control.

She’s innocent.
She’s guilty as sin.

She’s living two lives.
She might lose both.

‘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’


‘Second Life doesn’t disappoint…You’ll be on the edge of your seat all the way through this thriller until its explosive ending.’

The Sun

Watson has hit on something sinister and true with Second Life’

Evening Standard

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