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  • A very enjoyable read

    With its striking cover that lured me in with its eerie vibe and a plot that promised a thrilling read, I jumped at the chance to read The House Party when the offer was extended. These type of stories are right up my alley and The House Party is just another example of why I love the thriller genre so much! What if there was someone from your tight-knit circle of friends that you thought was dangerous and you could not trust? This is the dilemma that Kathleen is faced with. With her friends all gathered for her house warming party, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth her fears, but doesn’t reveal who it is and when they are interrupted, the conversation is left unfinished. The next day Kathleen is found dead and Beth comes to the realisation that Kathleen may have been right and that the killer could well be one of their trusted friends. Mary has put together a cast of characters that all have something to hide and you are kept second guessing them all throughout. There are a lot of them in the story which always makes me nervous as I can find it overwhelming and quite distracting as it can take me away from the story, but Mary has done a great job in making everyone and their role in the story very clear. As the blurb states “The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight - insular, claustrophobic and with no where to run” I have used these exact words as I couldn’t have put it any better. The feeling that this story generates in you is exactly claustrophobic and at times I had to put the kindle down, reset and then jump back into it. Not a feeling that anyone likes, but it works perfectly with this story. This is my first book by Mary and is an author I will definitely read more books from. She has put together a very interesting story here, which has been executed very well. The tension and suspense that is built up along the way and the twists and turns throughout throwing you off track, makes for a very exciting read. Oh and with an ending that I did not see coming, rounds everything up perfectly. It was a pleasure to read and review The House Party which I happily recommend.

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  • Satisfying conclusion

    The House Party by Mary Grand is full of lies, red herrings, and false leads that satisfied my puzzle-loving soul. To further add to the mystery, the story contains a cast of characters full of secrets just waiting to be revealed in their own time and place, while the ebb and flow of suspense creates a jaunty pace to the story. I wish the characters had been a bit more developed to allow me to care about the impact of the murder on them as well as their secrets, and that the gothic-type style had been more fluid and natural. However, the conclusion is satisfying with an excellent wrap-up, and all of the secrets revealed, allowing the characters to pick up the pieces and move forward. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Who can you trust?

    Who can you trust? As a house party for their group of friends ends, Beth sits with her best friend and party hostess Kathleen looking out over the sea. An obviously troubled and frightened Kathleen confesses that one of their friends has done something terrible, something that she witnessed. When she confronted that person, she was told that they knew that she also was hiding a guilty secret. Beth urges her to confess the truth and assures her she will help. Just as Kathleen is about to reveal all, she’s called back to the party. Early the next morning, she texts Beth that she will meet her at their yoga class and speak to her afterwards. Minutes after that text is sent, she falls to her death off the cliffs behind her house. Since the police seem to think Kathleen’s death resulted from suicide or an accident, Beth begins to investigate on her own out of loyalty to her friend. There is no lack of suspects. They include Kathleen’s husband Patrick and her doctor William, wife Imogen and daughter Elsa. And Beth worries about her husband Sami’s behavior. There is also the mysterious Alex, a recent widower and Sami’s co-worker. Beth is pulled ever deeper into a dark mystery as the secrets of Kathleen’s life are uncovered. The House Party is a fast-paced suspenseful mystery. It’s a guaranteed page turner with an ending you won’t see coming. This is a 5 star read! Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Mary Grand for this ARC.

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  • Very twisted mystery

    Beth had not seen best friend Kathleen for a while when they meet at Kathleen’s house party. Only their close friends were at the party so when Kathleen confided that she had a secret and one of the others frightened her Beth is horrified. When Kathleen is found dead Beth remembers her promise to bring the truth to light. When you feel you have your suspect the many twists and turns in this story take you round again. It’s a very involving story with Beth delving into everyone’s past and finds how really well do you know your friends or even your husband? I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Truly Dedicated Mystery Readers Will Enjoy

    Beth: "You can't be scared of anyone here. We're friends, we all know each other so well." Kathleen: "I used to think that. But when I saw one of them do something, I realised I'd got them completely wrong." Beth and Kathleen have this conversation during a house party. The following day, Kathleen is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Beth spends the novel trying to prove that Kathleen was murdered by one of their friends. Unfortunately the language is quite simplistic and the mechanics are often tedious as well as being complicated and confusing. There are a lot of red herrings. I imagine a truly dedicated mystery reader would enjoy. My thanks to NetGalley, publisher Boldwood Books and Mary Grand for this Advance Reader's Copy of The House Party.

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