Review: The Party by Robyn Harding

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds themselves entangled in a legal battle, 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 picture perfect life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to unravel. A lawsuit is filed that irrevocably changes their relationship, reveals dark secrets in the Sanders’ marriage, and exposes the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah.

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 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.

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**** 3.5/4 STAR REVIEW ****

I have flip-flopped on my thoughts on this read many times. I just wasn't sure how I felt about it and what was holding my thoughts on it hostage.

The synopsis drew me in. I was curious to see what exactly would happen in this book. I wanted to know if I had found a new author to wow me.

Needless to say, I wasn't wowed by this book. I was intrigued. The storyline and events kept me turning the page. It definitely kept my attention as things slowly unfolded about what actually happened that night, what was happening since and the secrets each character were hiding from one another.

The family dynamics in this book were so palpable and realistic. The teenage angst was spot on. Overall, this book was good. It may not be one of my top favorites, but it was definitely worth the read.

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