A Double Life

A Double Life

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Penguin Putnam
“A thrilling page-turner.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

“Breathtaking . . . As shocking as it is satisfying.” —The New York Times Book Review

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 thirty 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 page-turner and a moving reflection on women and violence, trauma and memory, and class and privilege.

Named a Must-Read by Entertainment Weekly, BustleO Magazine, BBC, CrimeReads, and PureWow

Baker & Taylor
Thirty years after Claire's father was suspected of murder and promptly disappeared, he is found by police, causing Claire's carefully calibrated existence to fracture as she wonders if she's the daughter of a murderer or a wronged man.

Baker
& Taylor

A London doctor's carefully calibrated existence is upended by the discovery of the father who has been on the run for decades hiding from a murder charge. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Under the Harrow.
"A gripping, intense, stunningly written novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Under the Harrow Claire is a hardworking doctor living a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspectin the country, though no one knows it. Nearly thirty years ago, while Claire and her infant brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family's townhouse. Her father's car was found abandoned near the English Channel the next morning, 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"--

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735224964
Branch Call Number: FIC BER
Characteristics: 261 pages ;,24 cm

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wolfman_0
Mar 13, 2019

Story of paranoid gal involved with her father who tried to kill her mother.
Written like fear and loathing in law vegas.

Richard Milbrodt

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KatG1983
Feb 14, 2019

A decent enough mystery/thriller. Nothing ground breaking, but well written and moves at a quick pace - which I appreciate!

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AnneCarolineDrake
Dec 07, 2018

The book is a fictionalized adaptation of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of John Bingham (Lord Lucan) after he brutally murdered the family's nanny with a lead pipe.

I wish I had read about his story in The Guardian before I started the book. It was a written in a stream of consciousness style from the perspective of the surviving daughter "Claire." She changed her name from Lydia to escape publicity hounds. Claire is obsessed with her father's disappearance.

The net result is a very confusing, disjointed plot which is nearly impossible to follow.

The plot shards ultimately fit together, and the author does a brilliant job of describing how wealthy, white, powerful men escape culpability on a myriad of crimes they often do for sport. At one point the author deems the purpose to be "humiliation" which is probably apt.

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reader7176
Nov 04, 2018

First time author, enjoyed this book. Will be looking for more by this author

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0000442285pa
Sep 21, 2018

Very disappointing book. I didn’t like the writing style.. it was very disjointed and the story was unbelievable. On a scale of 1 to 10.. with 10 being the best.. I would give it a 4. It was like eating a high calorie bad meal and realizing what a waste of calories when you finished.

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