The Party

The Party

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A taut psychological tale of obsession and betrayal set over the course of a dinner party, The Party tells the story of two married couples who, in a single evening, will come to question everything they thought they knew about each other, as the long-buried secret at the heart of their friendship comes to the surface, culminating in an explosive act of violence.
Publisher: London : 4th Estate, 2017
ISBN: 9780008264819
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 26, 2018

This book reminds me of ''The Talented Mr. Ripley''. Martin, the main character, was profoundly affected by his loveless abusive mother. He is a closeted homosexual, in love with a charismatic carefree wealthy man , Ben ,who spends his life avoiding Martin and refuting his claim that they are best friends. Lots of fun twists and interesting writing style and insights from Elizabeth Day.

Sep 19, 2018

A psychological study of a working class boy who becomes enamoured by an upper class boy at school. Despite the many things he does for his friend, he has no self knowledge. Everything falls apart at a 40ieth birthday party. An enjoyable read.

Jul 24, 2018

This book was a pleasant surprise. Entertaining and worth a read

Nov 27, 2017

This book has a very nice set up but then fails to deliver. Whatever taut suspense is created early on is disappated wasted by a very predictable and not very interesting conclusion.

Nov 19, 2017

An interesting mix of characters, those who walk next to us everyday, those we know and have close relationships with. Can trust be trumped by ambition? It is a rather timely take on trade-offs for political gain as well as issues of hiding one's true nature. Captivating!

Nov 07, 2017

Top marks for Day. Her gift for revealing character through dialogue and behaviour kept me riveted. Her main character's self-loathing because of his internalized homophobia left me much to ponder about my own internal doubts and fears. A good read that I did not want to end.

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