126. The Dinner Party by R. J. Parker


Publisher – One More Chapter, 18th October 2019

Eight friends. Eight secrets. One killer.

A group of old friends gather in a peaceful suburban street for a dinner party.

They are expecting a fun evening of wine, food and pleasant company. But then they start to play the game…

It’s about trust and dark secrets – it tests marriage to its limits – and none of them can begin to imagine its consequences.

Because the next day, two guests are dead and the others are trapped in a nightmare…

Hello November!!! I picked a cracker here! This was great! I actually read a story and not just words on the page! I found myself in the thick of it from the first chapter and the characters jumped off the page, eager to tell their stories. I encountered many theories as I read but not one came close to the truth.

I had no problem with reading this. The book was very gripping and I devoured it in record time. I found the book very descriptive and heavy on details and I was able to understand everything as it was presented to me.

It had the potential to get a little confusing but I was able to navigate the multiple characters and point of views with ease. Ted’s character became the sounding board for reality and thought, especially in the face of his friends, all of which seemed to have a secret of varying degree. His actions through the book kept me grounded and offered me space to think and absorb. In contrast, the other characters, especially Juliette and Katheryn had me jumping though hoops with their erratic and ever changing behaviours. There was a lot of misdirection between the characters that kept me guessing but never made me feel like the situation was being dragged out or made too obvious.

I felt like I met the characters at their lowest moments, and while reading, I got to see how those lowest points affected each one of them. It was interesting to see the exploration of actions and how the secrets we keep have the ability to tear us down oh so completely.

I enjoyed the exploration into how a secret can affect a couple and what strains that puts on everyday life. By the time the climax came, I was very invested in the characters lives.

It was easy to visualise what was happening here. The language was easy to understand and process and the characters made the scenes come alive with their thoughts and actions. I felt like I was able to produce a good working image of what was happening.

I’ve had a real slump of books lately where I haven’t been able to get into the books or connect to them and I was honestly starting to get really angry about it. Reading this restored my enjoyment of books and was a wonderful thing to read on a gloomy Friday. It was another book that kept me guessing and kept me thinking – and you know I love books that do that! I’ve always been interested in the power of secrets and how they can make people act out of character. Parker wrote in a way that made the secrets seem irrelevant and the most relevant at the same time. I was constantly guessing the secrets and trying to work out who was the guilty party. I was very impressed by all the shifts and twists that kept me guessing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first paragraph I was gripped to what I was reading and found that throughout my reading, the flow of the story was steady but still packed with action and tension. It was choc full of compelling characters, each just waiting for their story to be told.

I’ve read quite a few books this year and revolve around the idea of a group of friends getting together and experiencing something bad. This was one of the better ones of this sub-genre and it kept me guessing in a way that was exciting, rather than making me feel bored at the obvious nature of the reveal or drawn out nature of it.

I took a chance on this book as it popped up on my Kindle Recommendations and I’m glad I did!

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