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Publisher's Summary

"A thrilling page-turner." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

“Breathtaking.... As shocking as it is satisfying.” (The New York Times Book Review

A riveting and sophisticated pause-resister inspired by one of the most shocking true crimes in 20th-century Britain: the Lord Lucan case.

“A better person would for­give him. A different sort of better person would have found him years ago.” 

Claire 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 30 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 fracture. She doesn't know if she's the daughter of a murderer or a wronged man, but Claire will soon learn how far she'll go to finally find the truth. 

Loosely inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century - the Lord Lucan case - A Double Life is at once a riveting pause-resister and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, and class and privilege. 

Named a must-read by Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, O Magazine, BBC, CrimeReads, and PureWow

©2018 Flynn Berry (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[An] astute thriller.... With exquisite pacing, Edgar Award-winner Berry guides us to a stunning conclusion.” (The Seattle Times)

“[A] page-turner.” (Entertainment Weekly

“[A] standout.... Beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous.” (The Guardian)

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I throughly enjoyed this book.

Just what I wanted. A mystery which kept me guessing till the end. I loved the main character. The story was believable. The narrator was pleasant to listen to. The book wasn’t too simple nor too complicated. The perfect suspense novel.

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Took a chance. So glad I did!

I enjoyed this book tremendously. I was familiar with the narrator but not the author. The story spools out in tantalizing bits and has some great twists towards the end. Will definitely check out other books by this author.

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That ending!!

I enjoyed Flynn Berry's last novel, Under the Harrow, so when i saw she had a new one out, I had to get it. What a great book! I NEVER would have guessed that ending! NEVER!

The narrator, Fiona Hardingham is great!

This book is highly recommended!

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Beautiful descriptions, but slow at times

I enjoyed Flynn Berry’s second book. Her writing is rich and descriptive, but at times the story dragged. Most of the threat was internal and not many surprises or too much suspense. Still, I enjoyed the performance and will listen to her next book.

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Well written but.....

The book is well written with good explanations of the characters and situations however, is not a page turner, it doesn’t keep you in suspense and not necessarily slow but, a little boring with an unsatisfied ending.

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Interesting, but uneven

Parts of A Double Life are engrossing, parts are quite suspenseful and parts are oddly tedious, with the feel of an effort to prolong the suspense. The pacing, so important in a suspense book, is off a bit. And then the resolution of the mystery and the wrapping up of a couple of other narrative strands are hurriedly done, as though after being forced to dawdle along the way we are then urged to hurry up and get to the end before the author loses patience with it.

Altogether, worth a listen, certainly, but less skillfully done than book reviews would suggest.

The narrator is skilled and sure with the twists and turns of the plot and tone. Well done.

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No thrill in this thriller

When the books description gives away the premise of the story, spending almost 3 hours describing the violence and not explaining any of the why that led up to it, just bored me almost to death.

I'm contemplating whether to even push my way through. This will be one of the few titles I didn't listen to the end.

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A Double Life

I’m always amazed how immature British characters are (or seem). I mean, the main character is a physician, yet she is in a car with strangers, sitting on a guys lap cause there wasn’t enough seats, and passing @ bottle around while worrying about a traumatic event that happened years ago.Mainly, she worried that people would know she was the involved in a tragedy. It seems
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OMG. Genius. Best one ever.

Berry has topped it all. I can't imagine any better. Am breathless. Written in the first person, as the daughter of the person who is guilty. What the family goes through ...incredible ending. Can't praise this author enough. She is a true "creative."

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Terrible

The story dragged for me. The characters were shallow. The narration was boring. I really found nothing we deeming in this one