A Double Life by Flynn Berry
Published by Viking on July 31, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 272
Source: First to Read
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A gripping, intense, stunningly written novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Under the Harrow
Claire is a hardworking doctor living 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 infant brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family’s townhouse. Her father’s car was found abandoned near the English Channel the next morning, 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 her father, 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.
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 curious. The main characters were nicely complex. I particularly enjoyed seeing Claire’s development and learning about her father. And coming in around 270 pages, this was a fast read that could be easily read in a sitting or two.
A Double Life is a fairly straightforward book and doesn’t require much more explanation or description. If you like your mystery or suspense books to be more character driven or literary based, I’d definitely recommend giving this a shot!