To be published 12 February 2015
The sensational new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep . . .
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 . . .
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy of the book.
‘Before I Go To Sleep’ was a massive success for S.J. Watson and this is the follow up.
This is a story of a woman, who is trying to deal with the murder of her sister and find some sort of peace. Julia is a very middle class woman with a past, living in London with her adopted son and married to a surgeon called Hugh. She becomes obsessed with finding the identity of her sister’s killer, which leads her to sex encounter websites, or whatever you call them. She flirts with men online and meets one of them, in her search for the truth. Julia meets Lukas and her nice safe life starts to unravel.
This has illicit sex, murder, hidden secrets and a hunt for a killer. It should have been an exciting, pacey, sexy psychological thriller. Unfortunately it wasn’t. It felt very clichéd at times and it never really sparked my imagination. I found myself struggling to like Julia. There wasn’t much to like about her. Julia was just painfully self absorbed, incredibly naive and just plain inconsistent. No adult just trusts people the way she does, especially people they met online. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, if you don’t quite like the main character. In this case, it mattered terribly. I suppose we are meant to see Julia self destruct and empathize with her. Julia goes from looking down her nose at her sister’s sexual exploits to embracing them, in the blink of an eye. It just didn’t seem credible. The online sex chat was rather tame and didn’t redeem the book in any way.
The second half of the book was slightly more engaging than the first. Although not much. However my main feeling at the end of the book is major disappointment and sadness. It could have been so much better. It should have been so much better.