A Double Life (Hardback)Charlotte Philby (author)
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The author of the former Waterstones Thriller of the Month Part of the Family returns with another exquisite portrayal of the world of espionage, the personal cost of living with deceit and what happens when the paths of an FCO agent and an investigative journalist unexpectedly cross. Enigmatic and compelling, A Double Life establishes Philby as one of the most exciting writers in her genre.
There are two sides to every story...and then there's the truth.
Gabriela, a senior negotiator in the FCO's counter-terrorism unit, runs a small and powerful team based in Whitehall. She is tenacious, hard-working and the family breadwinner. Her partner Tom - a freelance architect - looks after their two small children. When Gabriela returns from a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn't seem right.
Isobel is a journalist working for the local paper in Camden. Walking home from a party one night, she witnesses a horrific attack. But someone has seen her, and is making themselves known in increasingly frightening ways. As Isobel starts to investigate, she uncovers a dark network of human trafficking and exploitation.
While Gabriela's life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the story. With one desperate to uncover the truth, and the other determined to hide it, the two women's lives converge.
Compulsive and compelling A Double Life is a beautifully written and deeply chilling examination of deceit.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 39 mm
'Superbly crafted with heart-stopping twists and chills galore. A new star has arrived in the thriller firmament' - The Times, Book of the Month
'A seriously stylish, hugely compelling mystery: Charlotte Philby redefines a male-dominated genre with her brilliantly complex female characters. I was utterly gripped.' - Lucy Foley
'I fell into the vivid, frightening world Charlotte Philby creates so skilfully and didn't resurface until long after I'd turned the last page. Her characters are so real you genuinely fret over their safety in their jobs and personal lives. Everything about this book feels as plausible as if it might happen tomorrow. She is a hugely original and talented writer.' - Jane Casey
'A Double Life confirms Charlotte Philby as the master of a sub-genre she basically invented, dealing in the dangerous area where working motherhood and international espionage collide. Heart-breaking, gripping and always beautifully written, I can't wait to see what she does next.' - Erin Kelly
'Charlotte Philby creates vivid and complex characters that feel "different" simply because they are written from a female perspective. Philby is creating her own niche of beautifully observed, fast-paced, multi-layered novels... In Gabriela and Isobel, Philby develops two fascinating characters who have to face challenges that women the world over will recognise, but rarely get to read about on the page. A Double Life is a wonderful novel.' - Holly Watt, winner of the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
'Terribly compelling... persuasive and absorbing.' - The Observer
Praise for Part of the Family:
'Dark and addictive and magnificent' - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie
'Compelling and complex - a compulsive read' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
'[An] intriguing exploration of deceit and duplicity' - Guardian
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This is a very long and slow read but interesting and the tension is ramped up later in the book .It is set in London and Moscow and told through the two main characters Gabriella who works for FCO Counter Terrorist... More
The Most Difficult Thing was Ms Philby’s debut novel which is a spy story with the unusual theme of the woman as a spy. So I was delighted to be introduced to her second novel which returns to the same theme.
“Domestic thriller meets surveillance & subterfuge”
Domestic thriller meets the world of surveillance and subterfuge, A Double Life is Charlotte Philby’s new novel. (And yes, she is related to British double agent Kim Philby who is her Grandfather).
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