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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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A Double Life
A Novel
By (author): Flynn Berry
9780735224988 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Jul 02, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.04 x 7.6 x 0.71 in 272 pages Penguin Books
“A thrilling page-turner.”—Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

“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.

Story Locale: London, United Kingdom

SUCCESSFUL HARDCOVER that sold more than 14,000 copies across formats in its first two months on sale and earned rave reviews from The New York Times Book Review, Good Housekeeping, Entertainment Weekly, and others.

AN ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE NOVEL featuring a female protagonist racing to uncover the truth behind a gruesome crime, Berry’s second novel is as chilling, dark, and compulsively readable as her first.

CROSSOVER APPEAL: Like Tana French, Berry’s transporting, original prose, deftly drawn characters, and dark imagination set her apart from the pack. She is, in the words of Claire Messud, “a deeply interesting writer,” whose work appeals to both literary and commercial readers.

INSPIRED BY A REAL CASE: The novel was inspired by the case of Lord Lucan, a British earl who disappeared in 1974 after allegedly killing his children’s nanny and attacking his wife. He was never found. Berry imagines how a grown daughter might reckon with her father’s legacy of violence in this haunting, unputdownable novel.

Flynn Berry is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and the recipient of a Yaddo fellowship. Her first novel, Under the Harrow, won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and The Atlantic.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Westchester County, NY

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Publicity: New in paperback and summer reading media coverage

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @FlynnBerry_

Praise for A Double Life:

“Berry writes thrillingly about women raging against a world that protects cruel and careless men…. [Her] writing is rich and moody, without any necessary fuss…. The ending is as shocking as it is satisfying.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“[A] page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Engrossing.”—Good Housekeeping

“Thrilling.”—Laura Lippman, O Magazine

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