The Party: A Novel by Robyn HardingThe Party: A Novel by Robyn Harding

The Party: A Novel

byRobyn Harding

Hardcover | June 6, 2017

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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.

If you loved Liane Moriarty’s and HBO's Big Little Lies, you’ll love The Party by Robyn Harding. This fast paced book exposes how even the most perfect of families can be shadowed by lies and betrayals. This is one page-turner you’re going to want to bring with you on vacation, to the beach, and add to your nightstand to be read.
Title:The Party: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Gallery/Scout PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501161245

ISBN - 13:9781501161247

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Along the lines of a Liane Moriarty. Something happens at a 16year olds birthday party and the book first makes you wonder what happened, and then takes you into the aftermath and how it affected everyone involved. The end leaves you going "ohhhh nooo" as well.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it! :) The hubby brought me back this book from a business trip and I’m so happy he did cause I really liked it. There was a little something in here for all ages! Note to self for when have kids, always check in no matter if you lay down the rules.. kids will be kids lol
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This book was an interesting read that presented realistic characters at their worst and took interesting twists and turns throughout. I really wanted to know what happened and I liked the changes of perspective as it flowed well and really let you get to know the characters. It was quite repetitive though and I didn't love the ending but I did understand it. Overall good read.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a wild ride! The Party is an exceptional book! Although there is context to start, the differing points of view and the anticipation builders of the first chapter pave the way for the intensity of the story to come. The characters are realistic and we feel for them; the dilemmas are powerful and challenge us to consider our own "what if's" and choices. I read it in two days; was totally worth the time!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it I enjoyed this book great characters and story. Really touches on how cruel kids can be. My only problem with this book is it went in such detail the whole book then it felt rushed at the end not the ending i was expecting. Good Read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Urban parenthood + sweet 16 = a modern thriller every parent should read A taut page turner that captures the underbelly of what "sweet sixteen", parenthood and urban relationships can mean when the stakes are raised. As a parent of teens, I smiled, cringed and nodded at every chapter. With honesty, humour and clever plot twists, Harding weaves her flawed but very familiar characters into a tight tapestry of domestic hubris that unravels, leaving a colourful mess of loose ends that she wraps up in a surprise ending that i did not see coming. Look forward to her next one...
Date published: 2017-08-02

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The Party kim THAT NIGHT Kim should have heard it, would have heard it if she hadn’t installed earplugs and taken half an Ambien. The girls were two floors below, but she’d anticipated giggling, music, a few late-night trips to raid the fridge. . . . To ensure a sound sleep, she’d nibbled a bit of the sedative, despite having had two glasses of white wine after dinner. She’d done it plenty of times without incident. She’d always been a light sleeper, and, lately, adequate rest had become imperative for Kim. There were too many hormones wreaking havoc with her humor. And there was far too much tension in her marriage to handle without a good night’s sleep. “Mom! Dad!” Kim dragged herself up from under the warm, wet blanket of sedation. It was Hannah’s voice, tearful, close. . . . Kim opened heavy lids and saw her daughter at the end of the bed. Tall, pretty Hannah wearing a nightie that looked like a football jersey, the number 28 across her chest. It was Hannah’s birthday today—sweet sixteen—she was having a slumber party. So why was she here, in the small hours of the morning? Why was she crying? As Kim struggled for lucidity, she realized something was terribly wrong. Tears streamed down Hannah’s face and there was something on her hands . . . something dark and wet, glistening in the faint glow of the LED clock radio . . . Blood.

Editorial Reviews

"Domestic drama... done well."