The Party

The Party

Book - 2017
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A taut psychological tale of obsession and betrayal set over the course of a dinner party.

"Day's shrewd eye and authorial tone provide a gleeful, edgy wit.... [a] smart, irresistible romp."-- New York Times Book Review

Ben, who hails from old money, and Martin, who grew up poor but is slowly carving out a successful career as an art critic, have been inseparable since childhood. Ben's wife Serena likes to jokingly refer to Martin as Ben's dutiful Little Shadow.

Lucy is a devoted wife to Martin, even as she knows she'll always be second best to his sacred friendship. When Ben throws a lavish 40th birthday party as his new palatial country home, Martin and Lucy attend, mixing with the very upper echelons of London society.

But why, the next morning, is Martin in a police station being interviewed about the events of last night? Why is Lucy being forced to answer questions about his husband and his past? What exactly happened at the party? And what has bound these two very different men together for so many years?

A cleverly built tour of intrigue, THE PARTY reads like a novelistic board game of Clue, taking us through the various half-truths and lies its characters weave, as the past and present collide in a way that its protagonists could never have anticipated.
Publisher: New York : LITTLE, BROWN, 2017
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316556750
Branch Call Number: FICTION Day, Elizabeth
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 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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