Book of the Month: Second Life

It begins with a photograph. An innocent enough object. Innocuous even.

But pictures can say a thousand words...

Julia Plummer has a wonderful life- she's married to a surgeon with a teenage son and a small photography business on the side. She's the picture of happiness.

That happiness is short-lived.

9781922079251She returns home from visiting an art gallery to be informed that her estranged sister, Kate,  has been murdered in Paris.  A violent and senseless act. Struggling to cope with her loss, Julia embarks on a mission to find out who killed her sister...and why. It's a journey that forces her to look into the deepest parts of her soul, dragging her innermost secrets into the harsh light of day.

In an effort to stay connected to her sister in some way, Julia reaches out to Kate's room-mate Anna, who becomes a close friend and sounding board for her theories about Kate's death and who is responsible. After Anna confesses Kate frequented online dating sites, Julia embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse, jeopardising not only her own safety but that of her family.

Deliciously dark  and gritty, Julia's self-destructive downward spiral and obsession with solving her sister's murder is riveting reading.  S. J. Watson has crafted a masterful modern thriller that twists in and around itself right up until the very end.