I've been in a lull lately with reading and couldn't seem to get into any of the books I had picked up at the library. I've probably started two in the last month, both of which just didn't keep me interested and I returned them only half read. I was thinking maybe I just needed a little reading break, that is until I saw Reese Witherspoon had snapped a picture on her Instagram of this book. When I looked into it, it peeked my interest. I decided to give it a try.
Second Life, by S. J. Watson, is a thriller about a woman named Julia whose sister is violently murdered. Julia sets out on a quest to find out how and why her sister was killed which leads her to an online affair with a stranger that quickly becomes more than she bargained for. The book takes you on Julia's journey, which has her so ensnared she's close to losing all that's good in her life, her family, marriage and sobriety. There's so many twists and turns along they way. It's a crazy page turner and had me hooked until the end. I enjoyed it so much I'm picking up S.J. Watson's other book, Before I Go To Sleep. I'm happy to be out of my reading lull and definitely recommend giving this a read if you're needing a little spice in your life.
Discussion Questions ||
1. What are your thoughts on the length Julia goes to, to find answers surrounding her sister's murder? Would you have done the same?
2. What are your thoughts on online dating sites and would you have joined if you were in Julia's position? Would you ever have met up with someone like she did? Addiction was an underlying theme throughout this book. Do you think Julia was addicted to her online affair?
3. What were your thoughts on Marcus throughout the book? Did you think it was a side story or did you wonder if there was more to it than that? I forgot by the end that the book actually starts with such a big piece, her photograph which includes him. How does this play an underlying theme throughout the book?
4. Throughout the book did you feel that it all would eventually lead back to Connor and the adoption? Was Julia right in continuing to force the issue on him, that they were his parents and it didn't matter who his real dad was?
5. What do you think the figure outside of Julia's bedroom window had to do with the book? Was there a theme within that small portion of the story line? If so, what was it?