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The Party

By: Lisa Hall
Narrated by: Georgia Macguire
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

The Party is the gripping new novel from best-selling author Lisa Hall.

©2018 Lisa Hall (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Breathlessly fast-paced and cleverly unsettling, this thriller about a couple trying to escape their past is the very definition of unputdownable." (Heat on Tell Me No Lies)

"An uneasy creeping feeling followed me through the book - I was never quite sure who I should be trusting - I read this book in one sitting because I had to know what was going to happen next. An excellent thriller that had me hooked from the start." (Katerina Diamond, author of The Secret, on Tell Me No Lies)

"A paranoia-inducing plot that makes you question everyone! Lisa Hall’s new novel is one to get under your skin and has an ending that’ll leave you reeling." (Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie on Tell Me No Lies)

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Ehh!

Just okay. Not bad, but also, not good! I felt like the ending was not a proper ending. Kinda left me hanging.

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Good story

I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I dislike the main character and hate all the cheating people. I didn’t really “connect” with any of the characters. I knew the bad guy well i’m advance because there was so much effort put into trying to get you to focus on everyone except him. And I didn’t like the ending. But the story was interesting.

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Want a fun drinking game?

Take a drink, heck even a sip every time the narrator says the words “the party”. You will be wasted within 15 minutes. This book was pathetic, boring, meandered but seemingly went nowhere with a boring story and a droning on narrator I’m no rocket scientist but I figured out who the perpetrator was within the first four chapters. Save your credit!

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Extremely boring and predictable

Extremely boring and predictable, does not live up to the reviews. Easily guessed and trite.

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Really great suspenseful book.

I loved this book and it's suspensefulness. i didn't expect that ending though. overall a very good book.

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Annoying protagonist

This story was just ok. The protagonist is such a whiney person, it wears on you after a while.

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The Party

I really enjoyed this novel and the narration was performed very well. This is my first Lisa Hall book however I would definitely try her again. my largest thing about the story line was it was very very good it was the absolute ending that left you with the cliffhanger. I believe if that cliffhanger had just been established just a little bit more in the storyline it would have took her from this audiobook being s three star storyline to a 5star storyline... otherwise it was a perfectly enjoyable title.

Review by DeAnn DeVille

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The Party

This one is basically another story of a British amnesiac trying to figure out who attacked her at a New Year's Eve party. While I imagine that, I, too, would be going crazy not knowing who my assailant was, this didn't keep me from being irritated at her grilling her friends and neighbors about the events of the evening. I had a pretty good idea who the bad guy was, too. It was still entertaining enough for me to finish, and, while I'm glad it ended as it did, some may not like the open-endedness of it. The narrator is good, but her voice is a bit too "little girl" for some of the content.

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Suspenseful

slightly (very slightly) disappointed in the ending but the story was very suspenseful and constantly made you think, what if this was me? what would I do?

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good but seems incomplete

was going really well then the author kinda jumped skipped and ended the book with out answering or should I say following up on a few things. cant be specific or I will spoil things. Overall a good book just wish there was more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-18

Pretty poor

I m surprised I even finished this book, the storyline was very poor and the reading voice was extremely irritating, I recommend listening to a sample first, I wish I had!. Very very average!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-23-18

An average book, poorly read.

The story itself was entertaining enough. However, the narration was terrible. Very little intonation used to convey the emotions being portrayed by the characters, and her ‘male’ voice was much like when a small child pretends to be a grown up.

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  • robert
  • 08-13-18

Appalling.

This is an appalling book, so badly written, which includes every cliche around. I became so bored with this overwritten story that from chapter 11, I skipped to the last couple. Nothing seemed to have happened as this dreary, overly melodramatic rubbish reached a conclusion. The writer appeared to be someone who had done loads of creative writing courses, as she battered every cliche in the book, lots of blood coursing through veins, lots of heavy aroma of after shaves, and oh, I lost count of her male characters brushing their hands accross bristles on their faces "making scratching noises". Dire, dire, dire!!!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • sheila
  • 07-21-18

Brilliant

Another wonderful Lisa Hall story and very well read This book is very highly recommended

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  • Mrs Felicity M Welburn
  • 07-06-19

Loved it!

Loved how the characters developed , great suspense, kept you guessing all to the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-19

Good plot but felt it needed more

I enjoyed the book. The premise of story and the narrator were really good but I felt like it was missing something in the conclusion to who done it.

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  • sharon blain
  • 01-05-19

thrilling

loved it would never have guessed who did it or the ending. well done to the author

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  • Lorna
  • 10-23-18

Cliche piled on cliche

I agree with fellow reviewers who point out the dreary predictability of every turn of phrase, the unpleasant characters and the overwhelming feeling of who cares by the end. The narrator has a bright, twenty-something voice, entirely wrong for a traumatised woman in her forties.

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  • STELLA WESTON
  • 08-27-18

Dire

You need to experience a terrible book every now and then to appreciate the brilliant ones and this was one of those books. Full of predictable cliches I had absolutely no empathy with the main character who just came across as pathetic and weak. Narration was horrendous, expressionless and very little to be able to determine the different characters. Glad to finish this and erase it from my mind entirely.

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  • Sally R
  • 08-13-18

straight into the story and kept me intrigued

I guessed early on who the 'culprit' was but it was still a good listen. I was annoyed that obvious questions weren't asked, she didn't probe her husband at all and only asked a few questions of her friends. Also who wakes up and doesn't search for their phone after a drunk night out, especially when you lose all your photos etc. All that aside, I enjoyed the story and towards the end wanted to get back to the book as quick as I could to find out what happened.

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  • Jo howard
  • 07-23-18

Easy reading.

You wouldn’t need to be a detective to work this one out. Nonetheless it was a good read with a great narrator.