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    Dissapoining read

    I struggled to get into this book. I found the storyline great but I didn't like the execution. It felt like more could have been done to lift the story. Some parts were also a bit unbelievable but maybe it's just me. For 1 thing my phone is attached to me like an extra limb! I was unfortunately underwhelmed.
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    An addictive read!

    WOW what a read! Just give me a minute I need to catch my breath!…Ok, I’m good now… I have literally as I write this just finished reading The Leaving Party. Normally I take a couple of days to write my review after finishing a book to let it fully sink in, but in this case I need to get everything down now while it is still pumping through my veins! It is that good! Sometimes, as less is more when talking about the plot, allow me to take the liberty of using Lesley’s description outlined in her letter at the end of the book where she says: “I hoped to create an evocative novel about obsession, secrets and the blurred lines between love and lies”. This is the perfect précis for this story. I couldn’t have described it better myself. Each word is used to perfection to capture the true essence of the story and Lesley nails it in every sense of these words! Told from the perspective of the two main protagonist’s Ava and Lena over dual timelines, from the present then back to the past, we are given a great insight into who each of them are. A close bond is shared between the two which is threatened to be broken once Ava moves across the country. Ava is running away from a tragic event from her past and Lena is struggling to come to terms with Ava leaving. Both are not without their complexities which just enhances the story more. They have both brought to life beautifully and I enjoyed what each one brought to the story. I really loved the ease of Lesley’s writing style. It is so engaging and she was able to keep my attention throughout. Right from the start I was hooked and I couldn’t flip the pages on my kindle fast enough to see how it was all going to unfold. I also really enjoyed how Lesley slowly built up the tension along the way, creating suspense in the lead up to the explosive finale. Lesley has done a great job with this story and her writing embodies everything that makes a psychological thriller great. I throughly enjoyed this book. It is my first by Lesley and it definitely won’t be my last! From the striking cover, that is so significant to the story, a prologue that leaves you on a cliffhanger, a chilling addictive plot, well developed characters that is all told through engaging writing, The Leaving Party is one book that you need to add to your reading list for 2020. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Leaving Party which I can’t recommend highly enough! Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lesley Sanderson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Leaving Party which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    Super !

    Ada and Lena have been friends for about 14 years. Now, on the eve of Ava's departure for America, (to be with her fiancé, Ben), Lena holds a big party. The reader is brought back and forth from 2005 to the present. This, to compare two very different parties. Also, the character's relationships with both each other, and with others, and is brought to life in detail. Great descriptive and a fine plot. I did not have trouble with the "back and forth" style of writing. There was no problem in getting the gist of the long-standing relationships. The "Prologue" was disarming in that the reader always knew that the 2005 party would end up with a disaster. It was good fodder, however, as it is always at the back of the reader's mind for a "who-dun-it" sort of tale. Wondering about Ben and the black roses were a good additional touch. An interesting, quick, read. Again, Many Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a very good story.
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    A very well-crafted story.

    A simple leaving party. That is all Ava wants. That is what Lena promised. Leaving London and heading to New York to marry Ben is all she is hoping for. However, as she is getting ready for the party, she receives a black rose. This is very frightening to her, because it is not her first. Meanwhile, she has been friends with Lena for years and Lean is not about to let her go. Will the party go okay or has what Lena plans for Ava really throw everything off kilter? The story then shifts between the past and the present, with the past story also being a party. As the stories develop it is clear to see that the long friendship between Lena and Ava is more than a bit off. As things took time to develop I became a bit antsy for Ava. And I wanted to meet Ben. Instead, readers are seeing what the real drama that exists between Lena and Ava. This is a well-crafted story that kept the suspense level tight, especially with the dual point of view. It is a marvelous thriller that captured my attention from the start. I do look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Pretty dull

    Pretty boring and predictable. It felt like a junior high dance...you already know what's going to happen and it's anticlimactic even when it does.

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