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Summary

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

The Party is the gripping new novel from best-selling author Lisa Hall.

©2018 Lisa Hall (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Breathlessly fast-paced and cleverly unsettling, this thriller about a couple trying to escape their past is the very definition of unputdownable." (Heat on Tell Me No Lies)

"An uneasy creeping feeling followed me through the book - I was never quite sure who I should be trusting - I read this book in one sitting because I had to know what was going to happen next. An excellent thriller that had me hooked from the start." (Katerina Diamond, author of The Secret, on Tell Me No Lies)

"A paranoia-inducing plot that makes you question everyone! Lisa Hall’s new novel is one to get under your skin and has an ending that’ll leave you reeling." (Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie on Tell Me No Lies)

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Brilliant

Another wonderful Lisa Hall story and very well read This book is very highly recommended

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An average book, poorly read.

The story itself was entertaining enough. However, the narration was terrible. Very little intonation used to convey the emotions being portrayed by the characters, and her ‘male’ voice was much like when a small child pretends to be a grown up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Appalling.

This is an appalling book, so badly written, which includes every cliche around. I became so bored with this overwritten story that from chapter 11, I skipped to the last couple. Nothing seemed to have happened as this dreary, overly melodramatic rubbish reached a conclusion. The writer appeared to be someone who had done loads of creative writing courses, as she battered every cliche in the book, lots of blood coursing through veins, lots of heavy aroma of after shaves, and oh, I lost count of her male characters brushing their hands accross bristles on their faces "making scratching noises". Dire, dire, dire!!!

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Just ok

Not the best book Lisa Hall has written. Another twist in the tale story, a little predictable but quite enjoyable nonetheless. The narrator was great which did make up for some plodding parts to the story. The least enjoyable aspect is that the author managed to create an entire cast of loathsome characters, each less likeable than the last. It made it hard to identify with any of them let alone root for them. If this was the author's aim then she pulled it off well, but by the end of the book I really didn't care whodunit, they were all just as horrible as each other, including the victim and her incessant cry of 'but what about meeeee'. Still, it was decently well written in the main. Perhaps not gripping enough to warrant a second listen but deserving of a good solid 3/5.

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Pretty poor

I m surprised I even finished this book, the storyline was very poor and the reading voice was extremely irritating, I recommend listening to a sample first, I wish I had!. Very very average!

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Dire

You need to experience a terrible book every now and then to appreciate the brilliant ones and this was one of those books. Full of predictable cliches I had absolutely no empathy with the main character who just came across as pathetic and weak. Narration was horrendous, expressionless and very little to be able to determine the different characters. Glad to finish this and erase it from my mind entirely.

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straight into the story and kept me intrigued

I guessed early on who the 'culprit' was but it was still a good listen. I was annoyed that obvious questions weren't asked, she didn't probe her husband at all and only asked a few questions of her friends. Also who wakes up and doesn't search for their phone after a drunk night out, especially when you lose all your photos etc. All that aside, I enjoyed the story and towards the end wanted to get back to the book as quick as I could to find out what happened.

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  • Layla Mabbitt
  • 01-10-18

Who Done it?

Worth a credit! This book kept me guessing till the end. I enjoyed this book emensly, even with the sensitive subject matter.

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  • NJS
  • 24-09-18

Don’t waste a credit

Main character was an aromatherapist, which doesn’t really factor into the story other than the irony that this book stinks! Boring & predictable. Guessed the “villain” very early on in the story. The main character also had insomnia—she should’ve read this book! So many better options in this genre. Skip this one.

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  • Plainly Spoken
  • 21-09-18

Couldn’t connect with the main character

This would’ve been a better book if it were shorter. There’s a lot of repetition about the smell of aftershave etc. I understand developing the story, but it seemed to go on forever. I figured out who the villain was pretty quickly. Most of the characters were unlikable and there seemed to be no resolution/rhyme or reason for why they had done certain things, or why the main character put up with their behavior (the husband, for example). The ending was relatively predictable.

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  • lannette
  • 19-09-18

Annoying protagonist

This story was just ok. The protagonist is such a whiney person, it wears on you after a while.

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  • Debbie De
  • 02-09-18

The Party

I really enjoyed this novel and the narration was performed very well. This is my first Lisa Hall book however I would definitely try her again. my largest thing about the story line was it was very very good it was the absolute ending that left you with the cliffhanger. I believe if that cliffhanger had just been established just a little bit more in the storyline it would have took her from this audiobook being s three star storyline to a 5star storyline... otherwise it was a perfectly enjoyable title.

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  • Feviegirl
  • 29-08-18

The Party

This one is basically another story of a British amnesiac trying to figure out who attacked her at a New Year's Eve party. While I imagine that, I, too, would be going crazy not knowing who my assailant was, this didn't keep me from being irritated at her grilling her friends and neighbors about the events of the evening. I had a pretty good idea who the bad guy was, too. It was still entertaining enough for me to finish, and, while I'm glad it ended as it did, some may not like the open-endedness of it. The narrator is good, but her voice is a bit too "little girl" for some of the content.

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  • Nicole Brown
  • 16-08-18

Suspenseful

slightly (very slightly) disappointed in the ending but the story was very suspenseful and constantly made you think, what if this was me? what would I do?

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  • Sassy863
  • 14-08-18

good but seems incomplete

was going really well then the author kinda jumped skipped and ended the book with out answering or should I say following up on a few things. cant be specific or I will spoil things. Overall a good book just wish there was more.

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  • Danielle
  • 07-08-18

Good Mystery and Good Narration

Story moved at a fast pace from the first few moments of the story until the very end. I have to admit, that I did not guess who the "bad" guy was until nearly the end. Which for me is a plus. There were also some very good subplots going on at the same time. I had no problem distinguishing between each of the story lines and their characters. Overall, I give this a solid four out of five stars all the way around.

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  • Liz Stolt
  • 06-08-18

So good!

Loved the narration performance! Great story and easy to follow/listen to. This was such a good audible purchase!