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.
Astute... With exquisite pacing, Edgar Award-winner Berry (Under the Harrow) guides us to a stunning conclusion.
What a book! A skilful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class.
Berry's sophomore effort is just as smart and haunting as her Edgar-winning debut, Under the Harrow
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.
A compulsive page-turner
A quietly menacing thriller by up-and-coming talent Flynn Berry.
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.'
[An] interesting ... reimagining of the Lord Lucan story... Berry brings the story to a satisfyingly shocking conclusion.
A stifling air of unease builds with every page
There are obvious hints of the Lucan case, but Berry makes the story her own, weaving in details that snag at the mind's edge... The story dances between rage and compassion. This struggle between opposing values propels the book to its startling conclusion
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.
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.
Psychological suspense has a new reigning queen
A detailed and compelling story of a family's fallout from a brutal crime, and the search for truth and retribution.
Clever, thrilling writing that wound me in and left me heartbroken when I turned the last page and realised it was over.
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.