I’m so delighted to tell you about this book today as part of the tour. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.
PUBLICATION DAY: June 8th 2021
The party was supposed to be the highlight of the summer. If only I’d known that night would destroy our lives…
All the neighbours were laughing, drinking out of plastic glasses and getting along. I almost felt happy. Almost forgot about the terrible argument earlier and the sinister messages I’d been receiving from a strange address all week, threatening to expose the lies behind my perfect life.
As we finished with the red and gold fireworks and welcomed everyone back to our house, I believed that everything would be okay.
But I didn’t know who I was inviting in.
I never could have imagined what would happen here, in our home, after I’d gone up to bed.
Everyone saw something different.
It’s my daughter’s word against the story the boy from down the road is telling. But how can I find out what really happened that night without everyone finding out the truth about me?
An absolutely gripping story of the secrets you would do anything to keep hidden, with a twist you just won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Big Little Lies and The Girl on the Train.
This book is a bit of a slow burn to start off with, but it will totally get into your head and not let go. Right from the beginning of the story there is a sense of things being a bit off-kilter, with a strong sense of foreboding. There are so many characters who seem to have something to hide, and everyone seems to have an agenda. There’s quite a contrast between the people in the square, where the very rich and the very ordinary live side by side.
Ruby is one of the latter, and I liked her, though I couldn’t understand how she had managed to be pulled into the organising of this street party. She’s such a busy person, and she has very little in common with some of the women on the committee.
There are some truly creepy and atmospheric moments in the build up to the street party, and the tension is palpable. You just know that something is going to go badly wrong.
The story is told from three perspectives, that of Ruby, her friend Melissa, and Nella, who is so different to the other two. It’s very interesting to get the different viewpoints of each of the three women, and to see the tangled web of secrets and lies that they get caught in.
The dialogue is very real and adds real depth to the characters. The pacing is so well done, building the tension all the time and adding to the drama.
Overall a gripping and at times shocking read, with just enough twists and turns to keep you riveted, but not to spoil the tightly stretched timeline of tension and trepidation.
Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started professional life as a (bad) actress and became a documentary maker, a journalist and a writer of, so far, psychological thrillers. The Observer said of her first novel: ‘a disturbing debut’ whilst The Guardian called it ‘powerful’…she keeps writing whilst also studying psychology and (trying to) to manage a home of slightly feral kids and animals. Luckily she’s got a very nice partner to help too.
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