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A Double Life

Written by: Flynn Berry
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"A thrilling page-turner." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

A gripping, intense, stunningly written novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Under the Harrow

Claire is a hardworking doctor leading 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 30 years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family's townhouse. The next morning, her father's car was found abandoned near the English Channel, 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 him, 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. 

Loosely inspired by one of the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century - the Lord Lucan case - A Double Life is at once a riveting pause-resister and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, and class and privilege.

©2018 Flynn Berry (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • FoxMom
  • 2018-08-06

I throughly enjoyed this book.

Just what I wanted. A mystery which kept me guessing till the end. I loved the main character. The story was believable. The narrator was pleasant to listen to. The book wasn’t too simple nor too complicated. The perfect suspense novel.

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  • JanieSews for her Sons
  • 2018-10-18

Dull listening

I am not sure the publisher read/listened to this book based on the summary they wrote. The book was not intense or suspenseful. I kept listening and telling myself that it had to get better. Needless to say it was a waste 7+hours.

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  • Heath
  • 2018-09-08

Beautiful descriptions, but slow at times

I enjoyed Flynn Berry’s second book. Her writing is rich and descriptive, but at times the story dragged. Most of the threat was internal and not many surprises or too much suspense. Still, I enjoyed the performance and will listen to her next book.

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  • Anne
  • Durham, NC
  • 2018-08-13

Interesting, but uneven

Parts of A Double Life are engrossing, parts are quite suspenseful and parts are oddly tedious, with the feel of an effort to prolong the suspense. The pacing, so important in a suspense book, is off a bit. And then the resolution of the mystery and the wrapping up of a couple of other narrative strands are hurriedly done, as though after being forced to dawdle along the way we are then urged to hurry up and get to the end before the author loses patience with it.

Altogether, worth a listen, certainly, but less skillfully done than book reviews would suggest.

The narrator is skilled and sure with the twists and turns of the plot and tone. Well done.

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  • Helen L. Giblin
  • 2018-08-10

Horrible reader

Couldn't get past awful reader
Not worth the time or effort it would take to continue to listen

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  • Patrick Goodyear
  • 2018-08-10

No thrill in this thriller

When the books description gives away the premise of the story, spending almost 3 hours describing the violence and not explaining any of the why that led up to it, just bored me almost to death.

I'm contemplating whether to even push my way through. This will be one of the few titles I didn't listen to the end.

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  • Cynthea Corlett
  • 2018-08-08

Took a chance. So glad I did!

I enjoyed this book tremendously. I was familiar with the narrator but not the author. The story spools out in tantalizing bits and has some great twists towards the end. Will definitely check out other books by this author.