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"As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation. Because, although I didn't know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again."
Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn't wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family's estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.
But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.
At Ben's 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the hundreds of guests – the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich – Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite-belonging. His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too. There is disquiet in the air. But Ben wouldn't do anything to damage their friendship....
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By Lee on 08-21-17
I did like this book and it did flow along at a nice pace but the twist was minor and the big reveal was obvious. On saying this though I loved the different characters and what each brought to the plot. The narration was spot on.
Briefly it's about two couples who come from different ends of the financial spectrum. The men have known one another since school and each - in my view - kind of depend on the other. The rich couple hold a party where something happens and that's where the novel starts. The story is told through the poorer couple's perspective and regularly hops between time frames.
A short novel - for me, and worth a credit. Don't know if I would read anything else by the author at the moment.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Ninecatz on 06-04-18
The Party of the Year...
After listening to some 5 star reviewed rubbish, this was a breath of fresh air. Here is an author who knows their craft, a well put together novel with believable characters... and not a predictable ending in sight.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By rachel power on 06-06-18
Unreliable + nasty
I listened on and on, despite my immediate dislike, hoping for something within this narrative to justify the nastiness of its unreliable narrator, but I was disappointed. The Party is a story of unrequited homosexual love, in which the author has no sympathy for her protagonist. The writing is overly florid, descriptions often absurd. Do not recommend!
By Anonymous User on 02-23-18
Thought this would be good from all the reviews
It wasn't I've tried to listen to this book 3 times now and can't make it more than a few hours in with out giving up I would not bother purchasing it.