A Dou­ble Life

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - Hephz­ibah An­der­son

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The ghost of Lord Lu­can looms over this psy­cho­log­i­cal mys­tery. Its heroine is Claire, a Lon­don GP with a trou­bled brother and an all-con­sum­ing hobby: try­ing to find their fa­ther, who van­ished al­most 30 years ago, hav­ing al­legedly mur­dered their nanny. Some of the clues Claire stum­bles on are overly con­ve­nient, but it’s an en­gross­ing bit of sto­ry­telling let down only by its au­thor’s na­tion­al­ity: she is Amer­i­can and her un­der­stand­ing of the class sys­tem lacks nu­ance, while her evo­ca­tion of place re­lies on tourist snap­shots.

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