A thrilling page-turner. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the TrainBreathtaking . . . As shocking as it is satisfying. The New York Times Book ReviewA gripping, intense, stunningly written novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Under the HarrowClaire is a hardworking doctor leading a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country, though no one knows it. Nearly thirty years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family's townhouse. The next morning, her father's car was found abandoned near the English Channel, with bloodstains on the front seat. Her mother insisted she'd seen him in the house that night, but his powerful, privileged friends maintained his innocence. The first lord accused of murder in more than a century, he has been missing ever since. When the police tell Claire they've found him, her carefully calibrated existence begins to fractu...
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A Double Life Reviews
Claire is a doctor in London living a seemingly normal life. Only a very few know that her father was a member of the upper class who was accused of murder and who fled the country rather than face prosecution. Claire was eight when someone broke in to their house and killed the nanny and attacked her mother.
After the attack and the manhunt and Claire's mother being vilified by her father's friends, her mother changed their names and moved the family to Scotland. Claire's brother was only fourte ...more
The build-up and suspense author Flynn Berry created in the beginning through three-quarters the way through this book was incredible. After finishing a chapter and wanting to see what would happen next, the next chapter would flashback in time and I knew I would have to wait to find out. This format kept me turning page after page.
Claire is in her early thirties and hasn’t seen her father in twenty-six years. He may still be out there in the world and she can’t rest easy knowing this. He disapp ...more
This novel is based on the disappearance of Lord Lucan. However, although it is inspired by a real-life event, the characters are fictional and events are told from the point of view of Claire, a thirty four year old doctor in London. Claire started life with another name, and another life, until her father fled the country.
This novel looks at the aftermath of a crime and how it affected Claire and her young brother. Very few people know the truth about Claire’s real identity. Opening up to oth ...more
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
Flynn Berry’s first novel was like stepping into an inviting pool that seemed shallow, finding yourself over your head, and then taking pleasure in submersion. These days I’m drawn less and less to psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators who may or may not be the real killer or in a coma or an alcoholic blackout at a given moment or whatever, but Under the Harrow never struck me as quite fitting into that category and, u ...more
Sometimes a book can capture your attention immediately, grabbing you tightly from the start. Leaving you to fully expect a great read you can sink your teeth into. And sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just cannot get that connection. Unfortunately, with this read I fell into the latter category.
Claire grew up having to shoulder the knowledge that her father may have been a killer. She hasn't seen or heard from him since she was a child. Is he on the run because he was guilty? Or i ...more
I received this ARC on #netgalley in exchange for my review. I love Flynn Berry’s writing and her first book, which was not your typical thriller/murder mystery. This book has a lot of that same intensity without the usual ploys - until the ending. Twenty-six years after a murder, a woman is looking for her father, who disappeared after the crime and is believed to have committed it. She assumes a fake identity and engages in her own detective work to find him. Ironically, she engages in a lot o ...more
The blurb for A Double Life isn’t particularly vague or misleading, and yet, this book wasn’t what I expected. I think I’d been anticipating more of a spy novel of sorts, whereas this was closer to literary fiction full of mystery and suspense. But it was a thoroughly absorbing story that I enjoyed reading immensely.
With a carefully constructed plot taking place in present day with flashbacks to fill in the backstory, this story unfolded at an even pace, revealing just enough to keep the reader ...more
This is apparently based on the real life story of the disappearance of Lord Lucan. I have never heard of the story before but it didn't interfere with reading the book. Claire was a young child when someone broke into her home, killed her nanny and brutally attacked her mother. Her mother fingered her father, a Lord, who disappeared that night. He had been helped by his well placed friends and was never heard of again.
It's been 26 years and Claire has never stopped looking for him. She looks ...more