Book review: The Double by Ann Gosslin


Following a violent outburst at an awards ceremony, Vidor Kiraly, a prize-winning neuroscientist and Cambridge don, is sent to an isolated psychiatric clinic in the Swiss Alps. When the clinic’s director, Dr Anton Gessen, tries in vain to unearth the missing pieces of Vidor’s life, he suspects his reluctant patient is not who he appears to be.

After one of the patients at the clinic goes missing, Gessen has reason to doubt Vidor’s self-proclaimed innocence.

But what is he hiding, and who might be next?


I was gifted this book by Legend Press in exchange for a review.

This is one of those books that had so much good going for it, but also one thing that spoiled my full enjoyment of it.⁠

Reading this book, we were taken away to places around the world that I don’t often find myself reading about, so I loved all the descriptions of the Swiss mountains and all the stormy weather. It was the perfect setting for this slow-burning mystery novel.⁠

I really enjoyed the plot for this book – who was Vidor Kiraly really, and why did he have such an out of character violent outburst? As the story progresses, Kiraly’s story slowly becomes undone as his psychiatrist, Gessen, makes it his mission to solve the mystery.⁠

I really liked this idea for the story, my only trouble was that I didn’t find myself caring enough about Kiraly or Gessen to ever get fully invested in where the story was going. I’m definitely a plot-driven kind of reader, but when the characters don’t work for me, it can ultimately leave me feeling disappointed by a book.⁠

What I will say, however, is that the writing in this one is really good, and Gosslin is clearly very clued up on the topics she covers in this book, so it all felt very well informed and believable. This is definitely a slow-paced novel, but I think that works well for certain mystery stories, though I would say I felt the ending went on a bit longer than was needed!⁠

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, in fact, there was more good about it than there was disappointing. It’s just a shame for me that I couldn’t connect with the characters enough to fully immerse myself in the story.⁠

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 288
Edition Published:
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.00

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