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's 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:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth Day grew up in Northern Ireland. She is an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, Vogue, Elle and the Evening Standard.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nothing special. Drags sometimes and didn't really like any of the characters.
This was undoubtedly the most tedious book labeled fiction that I have ever trudged through. I even skipped pages, lots and felt like it was a punishment. I do, also, have to admit that there were parts that were excellent. Unfortunately, they were few and FAR between. First off, I did not connect with any of the characters. I did not like any of them. That, I'm sure what one reason it did not entertain me. Secondly, I get it, Martin had a tough life. He was very unlikable in his fictional life and to me, as a reader. Considering at least 2/3 of the books dealt with Martin's boring, mundane and spineless early years, it did not bode well for my expectations. I gave this story an extra star because there were some good parts and the author went through a lot of work in writing this book. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Martin Gilmour’s father died just before he was born. His mother is a cold woman but cared for him perfunctorily. When she gets the chance to send him to Burtonbury boarding school, she packs his things and off he goes. Martin is a shy boy and does not possess the moneyed background that his fellow students have which leaves him open for bullying. However, Ben Fitzmaurice befriends him and soon Martin is enchanted by him and tries so hard to impress him. The Fitzmaurice family welcomes Martin to stay with them at holiday times which makes Martin so happy. As much as he wants to belong, he knows he doesn’t have their wealth and will always be an outsider. After university, Martin becomes a newspaper art critic who wrote a book a best seller from which he made very good money. Martin has never had any girlfriends and is very straight-laced. He meets Lucy at work and they eventually marry. Martin and Ben remain friends. Ben and his wife Serena are extremely wealthy and have four children. They have recently purchased a large country home named Tipworth Priory. As it’s Ben’s 40th birthday, Martin and Lucy are invited, along with a very large group of wealthy and influential people, to help Ben celebrate his birthday and to also show off their new home. At the party, people drink a lot and some secrets that have lain dormant for years finally come to the surface resulting in violence. What secrets have people been keeping and how will it affect the long friendship of Martin and Ben? This is a terrific story of obsession, envy, jealousy, and revenge. Readers won’t want to miss this one. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.