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Party | Elizabeth Day
35 posts | 22 read | 26 to read
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. 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.
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peaknit
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Rocked in the New Year with 9 15 years olds in my basement, what a great gang of kids! Now to set some reading goals... and a nap😊

Reviewsbylola You‘re brave. 😆 3w
peaknit @Reviewsbylola right?! No actually, I‘m lucky and really enjoy these kids, they are pretty respectful and fun. So glad my kid has a good tribe. Of course. Ask me again next year lol!! 3w
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TorieStorieS
Party | Elizabeth Day
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Happy birthday, @LibrarianRyan!! And thank you so much for the tag, @Stacypatrice !!!

I‘m going to tag @Owlizabeth as she is one of the members of my very first LMPBC group book and receiving the book she chose and the extras she included as well as seeing her comments brightened my day and made me so happy to be a part of the group!!

My favorite childhood book is so tough but I‘m going to go with Anne of Green Gables! #ItsMyParty

LibrarianRyan I love Anne. I to have that E in my name for this reason. (I just don't use my middle name.) 1mo
TorieStorieS @LibrarianRyan I love that!!!!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you get your belated package?? 💛 1mo
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Stacypatrice
Party | Elizabeth Day
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Thank you for the tag @Bookwormjillk

I‘m going to tag @TorieStorieS for always sending #litsylove letters that make my heart smile. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with me Torie - you are wonderful!

My favorite childhood book was “Harold and the Purple Crayon.”
#itsmyparty
@LibrarianRyan
Newest followers: tagged

TorieStorieS ☺️🥰☺️🥰😊🥰☺️ Thank you so much for your kind words!!! I am so thankful for the #LitsyLove group that brought us together! I love to see your beautifully decorated envelopes in my mail box!!! 1mo
LibrarianRyan I agree Torie is Awesome. 1mo
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LitsyBirthdays
Party | Elizabeth Day
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Lots of #Birthdaylove today to 3 fabulous Littens @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 . We hope you all have wonderful birthdays (with lots of books.... and cake!)

📚🍰📚🍰📚🍰📚🍰

squirrelbrain Have a wonderful day all of you! @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 🎉🎂📚🍰😘 7mo
Robothugs Happy day to the birthday triplets! @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
julesG Happy Birthday to you! @OriginalCyn620 @DivineDiana @Marmie7 🎊💐🎂🎈🎁🎉 7mo
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BookwormAHN Happy Birthday @OriginalCyn620 @DivineDiana @Marmie7 🎂🥂🎂🥂 7mo
Cinfhen Happy birthday to three lovely ladies 💝🎉🎈🎂💖 7mo
Marmie7 Happy birthday @OriginalCyn620 @DivineDiana Hope your day is awesome!! 7mo
starlight97 Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁 7mo
Libby1 Happy birthday, @DivineDiana , @Marmie7 , @OriginalCyn620 ! 😃😃😃 7mo
Birdsong28 Happy birthday @DivineDiana 🎉🎊 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday @DivineDiana 🎂🥳 @OriginalCyn620 🎉🎂 7mo
JoScho Happy birthday, @DivineDiana , @Marmie7 , @OriginalCyn620 Wishing you all an amazing day! ❤️🎂❤️🎂❤️ 7mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! @DivineDiana @Marmie7 and @OriginalCyn620 🎊🎂🎉🎉 7mo
OriginalCyn620 Happy birthday to my fellow birthday girls, @DivineDiana and @Marmie7! Hope y‘alls day is wonderful! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Birthday @DivineDiana @Marmie7 and @OriginalCyn620 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊 7mo
Slajaunie Happy Birthday!🎉🎂🎈 @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 (edited) 7mo
Crazeedi This birthday fairy is sprinkling wishes granted to you @DivineDiana @Marmie7 and @OriginalCyn620 on your birthday !🎉🎉 hope they all come true! 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Happy Birthday!! 📚🎉 7mo
robinb Lots of wonderful birthday wishes going out to @OriginalCyn620 today for a day that‘s spectacular in every way! Happy Birthday! 🎈🎈🎈💕 7mo
robinb Happy Birthday @DivineDiana ! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Hope your day is filled with love and laughter! ❤️ 7mo
robinb @Marmie7 Wishing you all the best today and in the year ahead! Happy, Happy Birthday! 🎂📚🎂📚 7mo
Eggs Happy Birthday 🎊🎈🎉🎂 @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 !!! 7mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday @DivineDiana @Marmie7 @OriginalCyn620 🎉🎈🎂🎁🥳 7mo
GripLitGrl Happy birthday @DivineDiana 🎂🎈🎉 @Marmie7 🎂🎈🎉 @OriginalCyn620 🎂🎉🎈 7mo
Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 @DivineDiana 🎂🌺 7mo
Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 @Marmie7 ! 🍰🎈 7mo
Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 @OriginalCyn620 🎂🍨 7mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎊🎁🎈🎉🎂 📖😋 7mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! @OriginalCyn620 @Marmie7 @DivineDiana 🎉📚🎂 7mo
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AJBowers
Party | Elizabeth Day
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Hey guys!!! I'm having a Harry Potter Trivia Party that you are more than welcome to attend via Facebook if you live in the US!
I have some awesome Harry Potter swag and Color Street that is up for grabs if you win!
Check it out here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1984298225145554/

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deirdrebeecher
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

It felt laboured to me. The twists and turns felt manufactured rather than organic. There is some lovely writing and some interesting characters. I just wish it hadn't been shoe horned into a thriller.

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ReadingRuby
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The Party didn‘t turn out to be what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. I would have liked a bit more glamour and a more Gatsby feel. The story was gripping and I really warmed to the main character Martin

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AutumnRLS
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Switching it up over here :)

AutumnRLS Making progress. Really enjoying it so far, but it's been a crazy week. 1y
AutumnRLS I'm more than half way through this book now and I'm still not sure exactly where it's going. I'm super stoked to find out though! 1y
AutumnRLS I wish there were more of this. I could totally see there being a sequel. Definitely out of my wheel house, but happy I read it. 1y
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REPollock
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

The more I read this, the less I enjoyed it. I know the world contains people who are as weak and pathetic and predictable as these characters but they don‘t make for good fiction. The premise is one I love (awkward outsider in a prep school crowd of privileged fucks) but meh. I could have reread The Secret History instead.

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REPollock
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Ok, something new!

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Curvybookgirl
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

This is another offering from Reading in Heels. The monthly book club I joined. It‘s a well written book but I took a while to finish it. I wasn‘t that impressed by the story or the ending.

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kstadt929
Party | Elizabeth Day
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True 📚📚📚

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jhod
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Pickpick

Last book of April, finished in the unglamorous setting of a train from Leeds so here is the beautiful Lake District from the weekend where I read most of it! A flawed character study - the murky landscape of class, money, privilege and being an outsider. Cringeworthy how much the MC tries to fit in. Worth a look.

Ms_T Great view! 2y
Mdargusch Love the photo and the review! 2y
jhod @Mdargusch thanks! 2y
jhod @Ms_T never get bored up there! 2y
Suet624 Beautiful! 2y
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youneverarrived
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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I‘m guessing there will be someone that is #lasttoleave in this book. It‘s been on my radar since it came out last year so when I spotted it in the shop a few weeks ago for Qc I had to get it #aprella ??

Mdargusch I bet you‘re right. 👍🏼 2y
emilyhaldi I would buy it for the cover 🍸 2y
Cinfhen Nice find!! 2y
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April2
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Marchs reading in heels Box!

#ReadingInHeels

Sophoclessweetheart A great box this month, isn‘t it? 😁💛 2y
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Lauren.Archer
The Party | Elizabeth Day
Mehso-so

This book could have been great, but unfortunately it missed the mark. It was quite intriguing in the beginning but quickly I lost interest. They compared it to the Talented Mr. Ridley, not even a close second.

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Lauren.Archer
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Going to give this one a try. Not sure about it yet...but it is from the library so no hard feelings.

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Sophoclessweetheart
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Bailedbailed

I‘m struggling to get into this story and am still unsure where it is even headed at 60 pages in so I‘m bailing for now. It‘s the first time RiH‘s have let me down so I‘m hoping I‘m just not in the headspace right now for this. I‘ll try it again further in the summer! I‘ve now clocked 7:23:24 / 25:00:00 for #25inFive so not a bad timing considering it‘s only Saturday afternoon. #bookblogger #booklover #bibliophile #bookish #bail #dnf

Andrew65 Progressing well with the challenge. 😊 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @Andrew65 Thanks! This is the first time I‘ve done a timed challenge so it‘s interesting to see actually how long finishing a book takes in hours! 2y
Andrew65 @Wanderingwithwords They always provide some fun, providing you don‘t take them too seriously. 😊 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @Andrew65 Definitely. 😁 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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So, I‘m now 5 hours into #25inFive and I‘m beginning to think I won‘t even make 20 hours this weekend with how things are headed. Also. This tea and this marshmallow bar were both TO DIE FOR! I need more of each in my life right now. I‘m getting crime novel vibes from this book which considering RiH‘s promise to not give crime books... I‘m like what!? 😬 #bookblogger #booklover #bibliophile #bookish #bookaddict

wanderinglynn Any reading is good reading! No matter if you hit 25 or not! 😀 2y
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn I agree totally, any time you clock up with Books is good. 😊 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Okay, #25infive TBR has changed now I‘m one and a bit books down. I‘m putting The Munitions Girls aside for another day and attempting to read both of these before Monday. I‘m enjoying TMG but I‘m away all weekend now so these will be what I‘m reading. #classic #contemporary #currentreads #booklover #bookblogger #janeausten #janeite #austenite #bookish

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Sophoclessweetheart
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Yay. April‘s Reading in Heels box has arrived and it is as perfect as usual. I am a lover of the stuff RiH puts in their boxes and these treats are no exception! I‘ve never heard of the book but I‘m yet to be let down by their book choices AND it‘s compared to Waugh‘s Brideshead Revisited. ??Seriously the best (c8 I spend a month. #readinginheels #readinginheelsuk #booksub #bookbox #subscriptionbox

youneverarrived I‘ve been wanting to read this one. Look forward to seeing what you think of it 😊 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @youneverarrived Oh! Lovely! I‘ll be sure to let you know what I think x 2y
Magpiegem This is a UK book box? I‘ve been trying to research this as I‘m always jealous of the lovely book boxes over in the USA. Xxx 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @Magpiegem Yes it is. 😁 2y
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BookishClaire
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BookReaderGal
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4/5 stars

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Pelican71
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Mehso-so

It was okay. Nothing exciting, I wanted more.

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BornReadChicago
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Pickpick

Some thoughts on unlikeable characters, and why I thought Martin of The Party was compelling. This was a searing take on class and sexism that kept me turning the pages! http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2017/10/on-unlikeable-characters.html

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BookishClaire
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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The new episode of the Brit Lit Podcast is up, and I interviewed Elizabeth Day about her literary thriller THE PARTY. I highly recommend you read it before making those "best books of 2017" lists because you might find it deserves a spot!
britlitblog.com/podcast

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MPL
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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A very interesting book about a husband and wife and the husband‘s relationship with/secrets kept about his best friend. Literary fiction that keeps the pages turning!

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BookishClaire
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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I loved this book so much.

Laalaleighh Stacking 📚 2y
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BookishClaire
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Hot off the press for your reading inspiration https://britlitblog.com/2017/08/31/10-british-books-out-in-august/

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BookishClaire
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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One of my very favourite reads of 2017 is out in the US today. Go forth and buy!

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BookishClaire
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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#letstalkaboutbooksbaby
1. Right now: Pasadena, California (usually Washington DC)
2. This is a tough one, but I think THE PARTY by Elizabeth Day
3. Startup, by Doree Shafrir
4. Treasures of the Snow, by Patricia St John
5. Brooklyn
6. Unravelling Oliver, by Liz Nugent is out in the US on 22nd August and I can't wait for people to read it so I can discuss it ! It has a lot in common with The Party and I'd put it at number 2 on my 2017 list.

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Quippe
The Party | Elizabeth Day
Mehso-so

Elizabeth Day's literary thriller is a state of the nation look at power and privilege in modern Britain which marries THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED but while there's some sharp descriptive writing on show here, the twists are obvious, the rich characters little more than Bullingdon stereotypes, it's not clear what makes Ben so special and ultimately Martin comes across as needy, gullible and unsympathetic.

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Eyejaybee
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Pickpick

An absolute winner from Elizabeth Day that starts off very well and simply gets even better and better as it goes along. Read my goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33229393-the-party. #elizabethday #theparty #contemporaryfiction #contemporaryliterature #greatwriting

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Eyejaybee
The Party | Elizabeth Day
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Really enjoying this novel. In fact, I am suffering that occasional dilemma that is attendant on marvellous books. I desperately want to carry on with it, and see how the story is resolved, but simultaneously I want to savour it and make it last as long as possible. #elizabethday #theparty #conflicted #greatbooks #currentlyreading #contemporaryliterature #contemporaryfiction #marvellous

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Eyejaybee
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Only just started this, but terminally hooked already. #elizabethday #theparty #greatbooks #currentlyreading