The House Party by Mary Grand **Book Review** @rararesources

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The House Party

Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secrets, betrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.

My Thoughts

A tense who done it. Kathleen hosts a housewarming party and while at the party she confides in her friend Beth that someone there is out to kill her. BUT she does not tell Beth who it is. So when Kathleen’s body is found the next day, Beth is shook. Which one of their friends killed Kathleen and why? A house full of suspects and very few clues. Love the premise of the story, knowing your friend has been killed by another one of your friends? I also loved trying to figure out The Who, what, and why right alongside Beth. Unfortunately the pacing was a little slow for my liking and I would’ve liked a little more tension running throughout the story. The ending however was perfection. I love when an ending takes me by surprise, but you can go back and puzzle all the clues logically together.

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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Author Bio – Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel,

The House Party, which will be published by Boldwood in July 2020, is set.

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