The Party

  • by Elizabeth Day
  • Narrated by Greg Wagland
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A taut psychological tale of obsession and betrayal set over the course of a dinner party, The Party tells the story of two married couples who, in a single evening, will come to question everything they thought they knew about each other as the long-buried secret at the heart of their friendship comes to the surface, culminating in an explosive act of violence.
Ben, who hails from old money, and Martin, who grew up poor but is slowly carving out a successful career as an art critic, have been inseparable since childhood. Ben's wife, Serena, likes to jokingly refer to Martin as Ben's dutiful Little Shadow.
Lucy is a devoted wife to Martin, even as she knows she'll always be second best to his sacred friendship. When Ben throws a lavish 40th birthday party as his new palatial country home, Martin and Lucy attend, mixing with the very upper echelons of London society.
But why, the next morning, is Martin in a police station being interviewed about the events of last night? Why is Lucy being forced to answer questions about her husband and his past? What exactly happened at the party? And what has bound these two very different men together for so many years?
A cleverly built tour of intrigue, The Party feels like a novelistic board game of Clue, taking us through the various half truths and lies its characters weave as the past and present collide in a way that its protagonists never could have anticipated.

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What the Critics Say

"I practically murdered this book in an evening I loved it so much. The Party is a terrifying, hilarious, brilliantly written original with a wit to die for." (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of Fleabag)
"Witty, dark, and compelling." (Sebastian Faulks)

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Most Helpful

Small Story

This book is primarily about the lives of a couple school boys with vague relevance to the plot. The telling sets the reader up to think something sinister happens, but all the foreshadowing never came together for me. Discussion of culture and class usually make up for slow moving plot for me, but I basically kept listening because it wasn't unentertaining enough to return, but I will immediately forget I ever read it.
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- Brianna Egbuka

A sad tale

Another saga of a hanger-on. The protagonist is such a leech, you can't feel sorry for him in the least.
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- Anonymous!

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio