INSPIRED BY THE LORD LUCAN CASE: THE MURDER MYSTERY THAT SHOCKED A NATION
Who is Claire's father?
privileged man, surrounded by devoted friends and a family he adores?
deranged killer who attacked Claire's mother and then vanished in thin air?
For thirty years Claire has been obsessed with uncovering the mystery at the heart of her life, and she knows her father's friends - wealthy, powerful, ruthless - hold the key to the truth.
They know where Claire's father is. And it's time their perfect lives met her fury.
'A thrilling page-turner' Paula Hawkins
'Shocking' New York Times
'What a book!' Clare Mackintosh
'Satisfyingly ominous' Observer
'It left me heartbroken' Fiona Barton
'Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen' New York Journal of Books
FLYNN BERRY is a graduate of the Michener Center and has been awarded a Yaddo residency. She graduated from Brown University.
Her first novel, UNDER THE HARROW, was awarded the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was called 'a triumph' (Sunday Times) and 'thrilling' (New York Times).
She lives in California.
Berry skips between Claire's present-day investigations and her reconstruction of her parents' lives almost three decades earlier in this beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous story.
As well as confirming the promise of Berry's debut, Under the Harrow, the book demonstrates that fusing fiction and true crime can be mesmerisingly effective.
The Sunday Times
Flynn Berry writes thrillingly about women raging against a world that protects cruel and careless men. She's less preoccupied by scenes of abuse than the psychological toll of its threat. Her protagonists seethe over their knowledge of violence and are fueled by a howling grief for its victims. Berry proved in Under the Harrow that her prose can be as blistering as it is lush. Here, too, the writing is rich and moody, without any unnecessary fuss... The ending is as shocking as it is satisfying.
New York Times, Editor's Choice
[An] interesting ... reimagining of the Lord Lucan story... Berry brings the story to a satisfyingly shocking conclusion.
A compulsive page-turner
A Double Life isn't just a whodunit but a damning dissection on class and privilege too. Fans of Elizabeth Day's The Party will love this.
Sarra Manning, Red Online
A stifling air of unease builds with every page
A quietly menacing thriller by up-and-coming talent Flynn Berry.
Good Housekeeping UK
Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen
New York Journal of Books
A detailed and compelling story of a family's fallout from a brutal crime, and the search for truth and retribution.
Fanny Blake, Woman & Home
Berry gives the well-worn story of Lord Lucan a fresh twist with this clever tale which tells the story of a woman determined to bring her father's high society friends to justice.
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Mail on Sunday
Good Housekeeping (The 25 Best New Books for Summer 2018)
Berry's sophomore effort is just as smart and haunting as her Edgar-winning debut, Under the Harrow
CrimeReads (11 Crime Novels You Should Read This Summer)
Flynn Berry vividly re-imagines one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century. A Double Life is a thrilling page-turner, but it is also a compassionate and angry book: with forensic precision, Berry picks apart lives derailed by violence and the ways in which class privilege protect the guilty.'
Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER
What a book! A skilful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class.
Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO, I SEE YOU and LET ME LIE
Clever, thrilling writing that wound me in and left me heartbroken when I turned the last page and realised it was over.
Fiona Barton, author of THE WIDOW and THE CHILD
Laura Lippman, author of SUNBURN (O Magazine, Summer's Best True Crime-Inspired Thrillers
Astute... With exquisite pacing, Edgar Award-winner Berry (Under the Harrow) guides us to a stunning conclusion.
There are obvious hints of the Lucan case, but Berry makes the story her own, weaving in details that snag at the mind's edge... The story dances between rage and compassion. This struggle between opposing values propels the book to its startling conclusion