The Party - Robyn Harding

It's a sweet sixteen sleepover with the birthday girl and four friends. What could possibly go wrong? Well everything and not in a good way. Hannah's family lives in an upscale neighborhood in San Francisco where it isn't enough to keep up with the Joneses but to surpass them. Most of us have probably known people like this. These are the kind of people that you don't feel sorry for when their life comes crumbling down around them. There are some cringe worthy moments when you know they are going to say or do something they shouldn't. The ending was a little unexpected but it wasn't enough to push this story up another notch. Too many of the characters were not likable and there wasn't anyone worthy of rooting for, no heroes to come and save the day. All in all it was a fast read and enjoyable to a point. Too often the characters kept doing and saying the same things over and over which didn't really move the story along or create any suspense.


From the book's blurb:

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

Harkening to Herman Koch’s The Dinner, Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, The Party takes us behind the fa├žade of the picture-perfect family, 

exposing the lies, betrayals, and moral lapses that neighbors don’t see—and the secrets that children and parents keep from themselves and each other. 

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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