Monday, July 18th at 7 p.m.
S.J. Watson, the best-selling author of the thriller Before I Go to Sleep, returns with Second Life— a woman’s investigation into her sister’s violent death leads into the darkly alluring world of cybersex. Join us at our extremely real, non-virtual bookstore as L.A. author Steph Cha (Dead Soon Enough) conducts a talk with S.J. Watson on Monday, July 18th at 7 p.m.
With Second Life, S. J. Watson once again delivers a sleek and surprising contemporary thriller that takes readers places they never expected to go. Taut and riveting, Second Sleep is an explosive page-turner that penetrates the heart and mind of Julia, a woman increasingly torn apart by an inquiry into her sister Katie’s death. Julia returns to her London home one day to find the police on her doorstep with the news that Katie has been found dead in an alleyway in Paris. She learns that her younger sister had been engaging in some dangerous behavior—visiting an online chatroom for internet sex and sometimes meeting the men in person for hookups. Grieving, but also oddly curious about her sister’s secret life—Julia logs onto Katie’s account. She soon creates her own online profile in hopes of connecting with some of the same men Katie had—each one, of course, possibly Katie’s killer. But Julia is not prepared for what her foray into this online fantasy world will teach her about herself.
“An erotic, psychological, and nuanced thriller whose end, I guarantee, you’ll never see coming.” — Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
S.J. Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London. His first novel was the award-winning Before I Go to Sleep, which has sold nearly five-million copies in more than forty languages around the world.
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. She is the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. Steph lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.