The Party By Lisa Hall
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.
Recovering from jet lag and unable to sleep, I started ‘The Party’ and it was the perfect pick me up as I was unable to put the book down until I was finished.
The story is seen solely through the narrative of Rachel, the morning after her neighbours New Years Eve party and she’s in their house, naked from the waist down with no memory of the night before. The story then flows in past and present sequences, leading up to the night and afterwards as she tries to put the pieces together and figure out what happened.
Rachel isn’t a particularly nice character and I found it hard to warm to her and her husband Gareth. After having an affair, their relationship is volatile and riddled with mistrust and deceit, as Rachel deals with the situation that she was raped. She becomes the centre of gossip as people remember being drunk and boisterous at the party.
The book is cleverly written, with a tense plot line and suspicious characters, the story is really a guessing game, as like Rachel you try to piece together her memories of that fateful night.
Filled with drama and uncertainty, ‘The Party’ is thrilling psychological tale that is the perfect escape from jet lag!
You can buy The Party from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th July 2018.