Blog Tour | Book Review | The House Party by Mary Grand

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Publication date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: Boldwood Books

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My Thoughts

The House Party is dark and menacing and all the more sinister because the killer is one of a close group of friends. Someone has put on a very convincing act of being respectable and friendly, but only Kathleen, the victim, knew that he or she was fooling everyone.

The story is narrated by Beth, who is the last person Kathleen spoke to before her death. Beth also feels driven to find out who was threatening Kathleen despite getting a few threats herself. In my opinion, she is foolhardy because she throws herself open to danger by questioning her friends openly and telling them her theories.

We are led through a maelstrom of emotions in the close-knit group–jealousy, deceit, boredom, rebellion, anger, and suspicion. The author has the reader going in circles, even though she rehashes the events as Beth presents her theories to her husband and her friends each time she stumbles upon a new clue.

The final clue, which led to the revelation Beth was looking for, was easy to spot. However, what was mystifying was why Beth did not have her guard up by then.

Nevertheless, Beth teases apart the web of lies bit by bit while dealing with her suddenly secretive husband and openly rebellious teenage daughter. She’s also hiding a secret of her own–something that brought tears to my eyes. Her adorable cocker spaniel, Ollie, provided a light-hearted, positive contrast to the gloomy atmosphere in the novel. Dogs can make anything better!

Masterfully written, The House Party will lead you to examine the dark and dirty secrets between a group of families who are supposedly close and it will shock you to see how wrong you could be about your next-door neighbor!

Thank you to the author and Rachel for my review copy!


Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular, claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secretsbetrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.

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About Mary Grand

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Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel,

The House Party, which will be published by Boldwood in July 2020, is set.

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