THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK


‘You’ll devour Northern Spy . . . I loved this thrill ride of a book’
Reese Witherspoon

‘A sharp, moving thriller: you lose your breath for adrenalin’
Abigail Dean, author of Girl A

‘An exciting thriller… A domestic noir with a difference’
Adrian McKinty, author of The Chain

‘A chilling, gorgeously written tale’
New York Times

‘Nerve-shredding suspense’
Daily Mail

‘Thrillingly good… Flynn Berry shows a le Carré-like flair for making you wonder what’s really going on at any given moment’
Washington Post

A producer at the Belfast bureau of the BBC, Tessa is at work one day when the news of another IRA raid comes on the air: as the anchor requests the public’s help in locating those responsible for this latest attack – a robbery at a gas station – Tessa’s sister Marian appears on the screen, pulling a black mask over her face.

The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa knows this is impossible. But when the truth of what has happened to her sister reveals itself, Tessa will be forced to choose: between her ideals and her family.

Praise for Flynn Berry

‘Breathtaking . . . Berry writes thrillingly’
New York Times

‘Beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous’
Guardian

‘Mesmerizingly effective’
The Times

‘A thrilling page-turner’
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

‘Berry’s clever, thrilling writing wound me in and left me heartbroken’
Fiona Barton, author of The Widow

‘What a book! A skillful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class’
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

Reviews

PRAISE FOR FLYNN BERRY'S A DOUBLE LIFE 'A thrilling page-turner' Paula Hawkins 'What a book!' Clare Mackintosh 'Beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous' Observer 'Mesmerisingly effective' The Sunday Times 'Berry brings the story to a satisfyingly shocking conclusion' Guardian 'A compulsive page-turner' Daily Mail
A chilling, gorgeously written tale of a modern community poisoned by ancient grievances . . . Berry is a beautiful writer with a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of this most complicated of places.
New York Times
Thrillingly good . . . Flynn Berry shows a le Carré-like flair for making you wonder what's really going on at any given moment.
Washington Post
Taut and passionate. . . full of threat and heartbreak. . . Northern Spy will be a hit for readers of Dublin noir and tartan noir. . . Denise Mina and Tana French readers can also find familiar ground - but so in fact can any readers who treasure a well-plotted mystery with a powerful sense of how place and the near past can force a person to cross the lines they once felt were sacred.
New York Journal of Books
Emotional and intellectually engaging
Crime Time
A sharp, moving thriller, combining motherhood and espionage, sisterhood and sacrifice. You lose your breath for adrenalin, but also in empathy: for Tessa and Finn, in those quiet nightime moments between mother and son. As tender as it is tense.
Abigail Dean, author of GIRL A
Even at its highest pitch, Ms. Berry's novel remains a human-centered story that closely examines the behavior of siblings, babies, mothers and friends...a beguiling thriller that's hard to put down.
Wall Street Journal
Flynn Berry has written a thriller for the ages.
Entertainment Weekly