Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4 stars
Claire is a London doctor in a constant state of unease. When she was a child, her nanny was brutally murdered, her mother was badly beaten, and her father' disappeared. Since then, Claire has a new identity and a life where no one knows she is the daughter of England's most notorious suspected murderer. She jumps every time the police contact her about suspected sightings. This time, Claire has had enough and decides to figure out for herself what happened that night.
If you are a fan of true crime, you might recognize the Lord Lucan case as the inspiration for this story. It is an engrossing premise; the exploration of the aftermath of a brutal murder on the suspect's family. Flynn Berry is masterful at creating mood. Having read so many twisty psychological thrillers, I was glad to have a break. A Double Life is more of a quiet thriller. The tension slowly builds as you get to know the character. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator did a brilliant job expressing Claire's mindset and her world. This was an engrossing slow paced mystery. I highly recommend it to anyone tired of the current crop of thrillers featuring unreliable narrators.