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In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, 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 flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.
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 façade of the picture-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.
About the Author:
Robyn Harding is the internationally bestselling author of The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party which was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. She has also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction, a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. Robyn is the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film, The Steps, which premiered at TIFF and was the closing gala film at the Miami International Film Festival. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her family.
To learn more about Robyn Harding, visit her website HERE. Or you can follow her on Instagram: @rhardingwriter or on Facebook at Author Robyn Harding.
THE PARTY by Robyn Harding reminded me of when I had teenagers roaming through my house. We had rules! Did they break them? Not often, but they did once in a while. Parents think they have control over their kids when they say, “Sure, you can have some friends over, but no boys, no drugs and no alcohol.” They are teenagers, so of course, they are going to do at least one of those things (if not all three things).
This novel dives into a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes wrong for one wealthy family in San Francisco. A few dark secrets emerge, revealing ugly aftermath of friends becoming enemies… and I’m not just talking about teenaged girls. Rich people are always good for hiding lies, betraying people they supposedly love, and tons of moral judgment falling between the cracks. This is one family who probably wishes the party never happened.
This novel is a fast read, predictable but fun to read. I’m easily reminded how this story could have happened to anyone (including me). This is the perfect book to lose yourself in other people’s problems and forget about your own for a few hours.
(because I love reading psychological thrillers that have tense domestic drama between parents and their kids, books about messy marriages and double-crossing gossipy teenagers, and books with meddling characters showing off their bad behaviour everywhere they go. You just never know who is telling the truth or who is spewing the easy lies).