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A Double Life : 'Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen'

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'A THRILLING PAGE-TURNER' Paula Hawkins
'SHOCKING AND SATISFYING' New York Times, Editor's Choice
'WHAT A BOOK!' Clare Mackintosh
'BEAUTIFULLY PACED AND SATISFYINGLY OMINOUS' Observer

'Confirms the promise of Berry's debut, Under the Harrow... Mesmerisingly effective' The Sunday Times | 'Shocking' Guardian | 'Berry gives the well-worn story of Lord Lucan a fresh twist with this clever tale' i (Best Beach Reads for Summer) | 'A compulsive page-turner' Daily Mail | 'A damning dissection on class and privilege. Fans of Elizabeth Day's The Party will love this' Sarra Manning, Red Online | 'Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen' New York Journal of Books



Some wounds need more than time. They crave revenge.

Claire's father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him.

But when he becomes the prime suspect in a horrific attack on Claire's mother - an outsider who married into the elite ranks of society and dared escape her gilded cage - fate and privilege collide, and a scandal erupts.

Claire's father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat.

Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth, and she knows that the answer is held behind the closed doors of beautiful townhouses and country estates, safeguarded by the same friends who all those years before had answered the call to protect one of their own.

Because they know where Claire's father is.

They helped him escape.

And it's time their pristine lives met her fury.


Praise for Flynn Berry and her first novel Under the Harrow:
'BERRY TRANSFIXES THE READER' Guardian
'THE BOOK'S TRIUMPH IS NORA'S VOICE' The Sunday Times
'AN EXQUISITELY TAUT AND INTENSE DEBUT' Washington Post
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 21mm | 380g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474607020
  • 9781474607025
  • 309,058

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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. Observer 20180812
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Astute... With exquisite pacing, Edgar Award-winner Berry (Under the Harrow) guides us to a stunning conclusion. * Seattle Times * Thrilling * Laura Lippman, author of SUNBURN (O Magazine, Summer's Best True Crime-Inspired Thrillers * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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) * Thrilling * Good Housekeeping (The 25 Best New Books for Summer 2018) * Engrossing * Mail on Sunday * 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. * i - Independent, Best Beach Reads for Summer * 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 * Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen * New York Journal of Books * A quietly menacing thriller by up-and-coming talent Flynn Berry. * Good Housekeeping UK * A stifling air of unease builds with every page * Prima * 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 compulsive page-turner * Daily Mail * [An] interesting ... reimagining of the Lord Lucan story... Berry brings the story to a satisfyingly shocking conclusion. * Guardian * 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 * 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 * 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. * Observer *
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About Flynn Berry

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.
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1,512 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 12% (185)
4 37% (556)
3 38% (575)
2 11% (172)
1 2% (24)
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