Updated: Sep 18, 2019
A Double Life, by Flynn Berry, is a psychological thriller inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the Twentieth Century, the Lord Lucan case. Though I didn't research this case until after reading A Double Life, I found the similarities and inspiration pulled from the real life case to be fascinating. (I don't want to cause any spoilers so I recommend looking up this case once you have read A Double Life). In A Double Life, nearly thirty years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in their grand London home. The next morning, her father's car was found abandoned, with bloodstains on the front seat. The first lord accused of murder in more than a century, he has been missing ever since. Now a doctor living under an assumed name, Claire learns the police may have found him, and her carefully created life begins to fracture. She begins to infiltrate his privileged inner circle, who have never broken their silence about what happened that night. Soon, Claire will find out how far she is willing to go to seek the truth.
A Double Life had a slow narrative that bounced around a bit but was easily a quick and enjoyable read. Though I started it one night last week, I read a majority of the book in one day. My interest in the book wavered a bit towards the end but the author was able to grab my attention at the very end when it counted. Because the narrative shifted throughout the book it was difficult for me to predict the ending, which is always a pleasant surprise for any psychological thriller. Though it was somewhat of an abrupt ending it did not disappoint. I found myself liking the main character, Claire, and enjoyed how the author developed her psyche considering the trauma she experienced as a child. I found Flynn Berry's writing style to be similar to author Tana French, who is hands down one of my favorite authors. I was familiar with Flynn Berry because I read her first novel, Under the Harrow, last year. (You can read my review for Under the Harrow here). I enjoyed Under the Harrow more than I did A Double Life, as I found it more fast-paced and alluring. However, it is safe to say both books were unpredictable and provided plenty of mystery.
I was fortunate enough to have a representative from Penguin Randomhouse Publishing send me this book to read this summer, but you can easily find this book for purchase online or in your favorite bookstore.