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
loved Under the Harrow so I was excited to read this and it did not in any way disappoint.
I love how Flynn Berry creates and breathes life and soul into a character- in this case Claire, whose father killed her Nanny, attempted to kill her Mother then disappeared seemingly into thin air…
There is such an atmosphere here as Claire researches and travels , takes care of her brother, goes into a kind of life catatonic state every time the police believe they’ve caught up with her errant Father . I l ...more
Flynn Berry's debut novel Under the Harrow was one of the more pleasant reading surprises I've had this year; I felt like I'd found a hidden gem that ticked all of my thriller boxes (atmospheric, dark, is more of a character study than a fast-paced page-turner). A Double Life just reinforced my appreciation of Berry's style. I can see where her books won't work for all thriller lovers, but they really work for me.
Loosely based on the Lord Lucan case, A Double Life follows Claire, whose father mu ...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
I very much enjoyed this novel, which was inspired by the infamous case of Lord Lucan, but is of course fiction. The murder takes place in the early 1990s, when the protagonist, Claire, now a doctor in London, was very young. Her mother Faye's friend Emma was brutally murdered, and Faye herself badly injured. Claire found Emma's body while her mother went to the nearby pub to call for help; the prime suspect was Claire's estranged father Colin, a privileged lord with a close circle of wealthy an ...more
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2.5 stars. At 20% this was in danger of being a DNF for me but by 25% it got a little better, enough so to keep reading. I found the flashbacks to be presented in a very confusing way. I would be well into the flashback and just generally confused about what I was reading before I even realized it was a flashback. I also thought there were a lot of character names past and present to keep track of and that added to the co ...more
I was lucky enough to be sent an arc of this remarkable novel. A Double Life is more than a taut thriller that will keep you poised at the edge of your seat. It's a deeply considered examination of women, violence, class, privilege, and memory. While the background of the characters was new to me—an upper class London family—the theme of a daughter searching for information about her violent father resonated, and I was captured by the story and pitch perfect prose.
Loosely based on a true crime, A Double Life introduces us to Claire. As a young child, her nanny was killed and her mother attacked in a shocking act of violence. Her fathers car is found abandoned with bloodstains on the seat but has vanished into thin air. Fast forward 30 years and we see Claire as an adult. The police come to see her to let her know that there has been a sighting of her father. This sighting doesn't pan out, as has happened for her entire life. Frustrated, Claire decides to ...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