Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Double Shadow” as Want to Read:
The Double Shadow
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Double Shadow

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Orion
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Double Shadow, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Double Shadow

Black Beauty by Anna SewellDead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisTwilight by Stephenie MeyerWhite Fang by Jack LondonDark Lover by J.R. Ward
Light and Dark, Black and White
343rd out of 463 books — 29 voters
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Way of Shadows by Brent WeeksThe Shadow Rising by Robert JordanLuck in the Shadows by Lynn FlewellingHeir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
The Shadow knows!
163rd out of 212 books — 66 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 750)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Serendipity Reviews
This book really took me by surprise. I didn't realise I would love it quite as much as I did. From the very first chapter, I felt my spine tingling as the picture palace came to life and became a character in its own right. I wanted to follow Amaryllis into the picture house too. From the beginning the picture palace, seemed so magical, like an extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is only as you progress through the story that you realise you have been wearing rose tinted glasses an ...more
Lucy
The double shadow is very odd.
I love Sally Gardner, she is one of my favourite authors and I have read all of her books, but this is my least favourite.
The story is set just before the second world war and is from the perspective of Ezra Pascoe, who is a working class boy. He ends up going with his mother to work at the Rubens house where he has to play with Amaryllis Ruben, which is sort of like Pip with Estella in great expectations. Anyway Amaryllis's father builds a memory machine and sends
...more
Suzanne
Amaryllis is a troubled teenager. She's sixteen years old and has no memory of the first eight years of her life. Her father is strict from afar as he isn't around much and her mother passed away when Amaryllis was a young girl. After a disastrous night Amaryllis is being kicked out of boarding school. Her father decides to hire someone to tutor her instead of sending her away again. Her new teacher is very smart, but Amaryllis has no interest in the lessons. Her father hires Ezra, the son of th ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 03/11/2011
Author: Sally Gardner
Recommended for: fans of YA novels

I won this book in the GoodReads FirstReads competitions.

I thought that this book was an amazing book to read! Right from the first page it got me hooked on it, I found it to be incredible hard to put down, it kept drawing me back to it. The description in the book paint the most amazing image into the readers mind, the writing style of Sally Gardner is outstanding I cannot fault it at all.
The characters stood out and
...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I'd previously read and enjoyed Sally Gardner's two historical novels, 'The Red Necklace' and 'The Silver Blade', so had been looking forward to her new offering immensely. This book is very different to anything else she's written but in a good way. Trust me, in a really good way! I enjoyed it so much that even after having finished reading it over a week ago, I still can't stop thinking about it. The plot is so detailed and complex that you'll want to pick it up and re-read it again as soon as ...more
LH Johnson
This book is a uniquely challenging enigma to review,possessing of both heart-breaking beauty and ferociously complex and dense text. It is a book of two halves and I think, a book that doesn't really start with page 1 nor end with page 384. It is a book that I would describe as avant-garde both structurally and textually. It is, as you may gather, a rather complicated experience.

The Double Shadow is the story of Amaryllis Reuben and how her father has built a machine, for her, that also possess
...more
Belle
The Double Shadow is about memory: the way it shapes you, makes you and sometimes breaks you. It follows the lives of two families in the lead up to World War II, each haunted by memory in different ways. The Rubens are rich but miserable, thanks largely to Arnold Ruben's overpowering obsession with creating a memory machine, a device that will allow the user to wipe away bad memories and live forever in happy ones. His daughter, Amaryllis, is deeply affected by the fact that she herself has no ...more
Teresa
"The Double Shadow" is Sally Gardner's latest novel, targeted at older teens and one of the first releases from Orion's new young adult imprint, Indigo. I've read and loved most of Sally's previous books including the excellent "I, Coriander" and "The Silver Blade" as well as her wonderful books for younger children which are reread frequently in our household. This novel is a new venture for Sally as it is aimed at an older age group and is, in the author's own words, " a family sci-fi saga".

Ou
...more
Wendy (Bookness Lane)
From the first page you step into a whole new ethereal world created by Sally Gardner. We are introduced to a young girl who has found herself in a surreal environment, a room with a flickering green light which prevents her from remembering, her memories are all but gone. Where is she? Nothing makes sense, but she has an inkling that something is very, very wrong.

Amaryllis is searching for something that is missing from her life. Without an identity or memory of her past will she find it?

Set du
...more
Arila


Es una historia extraña, un poco confusa durante la primera mitad de la novela. Aún no sé si he llegado a enterarme de todo. Quizá también se deba a que estos días tengo la cabeza en otra cosa y me cuesta un poco concentrarme. En cualquier caso no ha sido hasta la segunda mitad que ha conseguido captar mi atención. Desde luego es una novela interesante, pero no me ha llegado a gustar tanto como Las tres caras de la luna.
Martin Turner
A charming read. This starts off a little confusing, or even perhaps surreal. The concept of a dream machine is explored in this young adult thriller set around the time of World War II in England. There is a touch of the mad scientist about some of the characters, but it all adds to the magic that comes alive off the pages of this book. Some of the concepts of the dream machine were a little hard to comprehend, but overall this was a good read with a happy ending, or was it? Some larger than li ...more
Geertje
The first time I read a Sally Gardner-novel, I was left feeling absolutely breathless and with one thought: ‘I want to be able to string words together with such grace, too!’ I, Coriander was one of the most influential novels of my youth. So, naturally, when I heard that she had written a novel for a more mature audience, I bought it and devoured it. The double shadow managed, as expected, to leave me spell-bound.

The double shadow has two time-lines. The first time-line takes place in an ever-
...more
Beth Kemp
Beautiful, haunting and evocative, this is a real book to lose yourself in. Recommended for teens upwards.
This novel is extraordinary. Lyrical, elusive and utterly compelling, it draws you and hooks you long before you have any real sense of exactly what is happening.

When I first read the info about this book, it made me think of Angela Carter - probably because of the surreal machine plan and the uncanny double idea hinted at in the title. That comparison was borne out in the reading, due to th
...more
Misty
You know when you agree to review a book you wouldn't normally read, then you get worried starting it that you'll hate it and have to go back and say you couldn't read it? Yeah, I got a little case of that when I started this, I feel silly now though! Literally within a few pages I was engaged in the book, before I knew it I was 130 pages in and it was 2am! I really was swept into the book and had no trouble getting into the era it was set into or getting used to the way the characters talked. I ...more
Mieneke
What intrigued me about this book was it's connections to Eliot's The Wasteland, which I read at university. I found it fascinating and I wondered about its echoes in The Double Shadow. While there are some literal references – Amaryllis calls the place outside in the picture palace the wasteland – other references are less literal but still recognisable, such as death by drowning, rape, the transience of memories, life and love and the repercussions of trauma. And those are just the things I pi ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I've just finished The Double Shadow and have been left with this feeling that I've read a very clever book but yet I can't quite put into words how I feel about it and it might be one of those that I have to keep thinking about for a while.

For me this book had two parts. During the first part the reader meets Amaryllis a lonely teenage girl who lives in a creepy old house with her father. She is on the brink of being chucked out of her latest school and quite confused in herself as she is unabl
...more
Annie
I’ve loved Sally Gardner’s books for a younger audience – I Coriander, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade – but I really struggled with the first 80 or so pages of this one aimed firmly at the older YA market. Generally unlikeable characters, a rather plodding style, and I was on the verge of throwing the towel in. But then the memory machine made its appearance, and the whole book soared. Others have said how this book is all about relationships, and it really is – not only the love affair b ...more
Kulsuma
The Double Shadow is the perfect mix of magic, mystery and adventure against the backdrop of World War II. Amaryllis Ruben is a troubled seventeen year old who has been expelled from one too many boarding schools. Though she hates it, Amaryllis has no choice but to return home to her distant father. Amaryllis can’t remember much of her childhood and her father with whom she was supposedly once very close with which leads to her anger and frustration.

Her father, Arnold Ruben, has created a memory
...more
Tom Easton
I'm deeply impressed with Sally Gardner's prose, particularly as I recently learned she's dyslexic. I read Maggot Moon recently and was blown away, reading it in two sittings.

I didn't find The Double Shadow quite as gripping, hence just 4 stars but I think it's a very clever book and a wonderfully original idea.

Amaryllis is a young woman born into great wealth who nonetheless knows nothing but tragedy and pain as a young girl. Though initially proud and full of love for her father, This changes
...more
Smithjamest
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner is a epic-ally brilliant book. It's as good as her other three, I Coriander, The Red Necklace and the Silver Blade (which I'm staring at as I write this!). A mish mash of detective, romance and thriller this book is beautifully written. Gardner's details and descriptions are gripping and vivid. It was a real joy to read. I was honestly enthralled by the first chapter.

It's set before and during the Second World War, but don't worry it's not really about the war,
...more
Zarina
It's 1937 when we first meet Amaryllis Ruben; a troubled teenager that runs away from school and endures something terrible before she's kicked out. As her father comes to take her home the reader starts to sense there is more to the rebellious act Amaryllis puts up. The distance she keeps between herself and her father isn't perhaps all due to the stage in her life she's in.

Amaryllis at first comes across as a cold and often cruel character, particularly to those trying to get closer to her (M
...more
Ellie
Took me so long to get into but whizzed through the second half. Some great ideas and lots about memory, against the backdrop of war. I think Sally's writing is excellent but her novel structure and pace have definitely improved in her later books.

Full review to follow.
Robin Houghton
A surreal crime/sci-fi tale full of intrigue and mystery. Exciting, gripping and fairly fast paced. Drew me right in and kept me reading well into the night. Period fiction revolving around the invention and development of a memory machine that turns out to be much more complex than originally expected. With lots of suspense and many twists this will keep you guessing. A synopsis and discussion questions are included in the back as well as suggested reading. A very interesting and well put toget ...more
Cicely
I read this book whilst ill with a fever and as I have not re-read it since I am not sure whether 'the double shadow' was indeed a very odd book or whether my fever made it seem so.
Claire Meadows
Disconnected, overly complicated - I didn't make it to the end. A waste of a wonderful range of characters - I adored Amaryllis Ruben and would have liked to see the energy behind these characters diverted into a different story.
Linda
I thought of giving this to a grandchild based on the description. Nope. Late teens maybe. Sci fi meets romance novel in actuality. Blah overall.
Kathryn
Erratic and disorientating, with large gaps in explanation I thought. As a result, I didn't enjoy it that much, although I liked some of the characters.
Juwi
ah i love Sally Gardner and her books always amaze me. so beautifully written and an intriguing idea. a memory machine but you can relive the best and worst memories.

it kind of reminded me of frankenstein because of the idea of creating something new and the power of science etc.

her imagination is incredible, the writing is beautiful and the story is fantastic.
i don't often say this but i think this would translate into a really awesome movie. it's really quite haunting and not for younger re
...more
Detour Into
Mar 21, 2015 Detour Into marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm looking forward to receiving a copy of this book!
Lúa.
MA-RA-VI-LLO-SO. Sally Gardner, lo has vuelto a hacer.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 24 25 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Free Books, .99 &...: UK giveaway: The Double Shadow 1 5 Nov 18, 2011 04:24AM  
  • That Burning Summer
  • Spy for the Queen of Scots
  • The Mourning Emporium (The Undrowned Child, #2)
  • The Disgrace of Kitty Grey
  • Sisters of Glass
  • The Quietness
  • Soul Beach
  • The Girl in the Mask
  • When We Were Two
  • David
  • Echoes of Love
  • Cruel Summer
  • Rabenlady
  • Hidden Among Us (Hidden Among Us #1)
  • Lucky Bunny
  • Emerald
  • Noble Conflict
  • Stray (Stray, #1)
145946
Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more
More about Sally Gardner...
The Red Necklace (French Revolution, #1) I, Coriander Maggot Moon The Silver Blade (French Revolution, #2) Tinder

Share This Book