A Double Life – Flynn Berry
Publisher: Viking (Penguin Group)
Release Date: July 2018
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I actually wasn’t sure what I was expecting out of A Double Life. I’d heard very little about it other than the synopsis on NetGalley and reading somewhere that this was based on a real case in England (look up Lord Lucan after you read A Double Life). To be honest, this was an impulse request for me but it turns out sometimes those are the best.
Berry wrote her characters convincingly, particularly Claire, whose delicate mental health feels authentic throughout. Berry doesn’t paint her heroine as a survivor out to kick ass, but more a woman who is working through anxiety, depression and paralyzing fear to get to a point where she feels ready and able to take action. Claire was a work in progress throughout, and I appreciated seeing that transformation.
Be warned–once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. It moves at a fairly fast pace, chapters are short and punchy and it’s an absorbing and addictive read. This one is perfect for beach/camp reading.
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for granting an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.