A Double Life is a superbly written tale of murder that keeps you hanging on till the very end. The book cleverly switches between first-person present tense to third-person historical – a technique I found kept me engaged as the characters gained depth and the picture was slowly painted. I did read a couple of reviews on Amazon that said the reader found it confusing how the perspectives switched, but I didn’t experience this at all.
Also impressive was the detail of each of the story’s locations. Flynn has tweeted some photographs that were the inspiration for the fictional locations, but despite having seen these before reading the book, I still found the locations described in depth such that you could feel the characters in the scenes.
One of the best compliments a writer can receive is that a book is easy to read, and difficult to put down. A Double Life was definitely both. It was easy to lose track of time and race through fifty or sixty pages. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, described it as “a thrilling page-turner”, and the jacket review summarises the story perfectly:
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.
Also check out Flynn’s debut novel, Under the Harrow.
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