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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet 16 birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet 16. It's an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah - a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim's flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders' marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

Harkening to Herman Koch's The Dinner, Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap, and Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, The Party takes us behind the façade of the picture-perfect family, exposing the lies, betrayals, and moral lapses that neighbors don't see - and the secrets that children and parents keep from themselves and each other.

©2017 Robyn Harding (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Lynn R.
  • 2017-10-10

Not one likable character

Awful people fill this book but it is still very well done. Worth a listen.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Nikole
  • 2017-06-18

Good story. Interesting characters and my favorite narrator.

Worth the money or credit. Story is consistent and delivers a decent ending. Easy listen.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • RueRue
  • 2018-02-16

Twisted

This book earns its (4) star review for the unexpected, twisted ending. Wow, makes me smile when a book surprises me like this. I've read / listened to so many books that lose momentum and fall flat at the end. I definetely didn't see this ending coming. ( and by ending, I literally mean the last few paragraphs ). Cassandra Campbell's narration is good, as always.

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  • maggie
  • 2018-01-11

10 hours of my life that I will never get back.

If you want a book with all the sex appeal of Big Little Lies and drama of 13 Reasons Why, look literally anywhere else.
The Party fails to deliver on almost every aspect. Nevermind that all of the characters are despicable. Honestly thats not even an issue. The "incident" is revealed about 2/3 of the way

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  • Heather
  • 2017-10-16

Better than the reviews.....

Not bad at all, saw some not great reviews but this was a solid book. Being parent to a 13 yr old makes books like this one a must listen.

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 2017-10-18

SATISFYING BOOK DID NOT DRAG,

I LOVED THIS BOOK. IT REALLY KEPT ME LISTENING. READ IT IN THREE DAYS. I WILL READ IT AGAIN. NOT A THRILLER JUST A GOOD STORY. THIS COULD REALLY HAPPEN. BRAVO TO ROBYN HARDING!

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  • Jenny West
  • 2017-08-16

Compelling and engaging!

If you could sum up The Party in three words, what would they be?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and performance. I could relate to several character perspectives - and appreciated the author and narrator facilitating this fluidity. I appreciated the author's ability to equally convey the nuances of adolescent concerns and adult/parental insecurities. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Just Another Story
  • 2017-07-18

Not good

I quit this book after about 3 1/2 hours of listening (130 pages), I just could not take it anymore. The characters were insufferable and their problems weren't problems. They were entitled rich people, worries about their image.

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  • Julie
  • 2018-07-15

I didn’t care for it

The story premise seemed interesting but this story was all over the place & was just stupid. Don’t waste your money or a credit.

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  • Caroline
  • 2018-02-19

UGH What did I just read?

What was most disappointing about Robyn Harding’s story?

Jeez, what a convoluted downer that was. Everyone was awful, nothing was interesting, and the experience of taking it all in was miserable.

Any additional comments?

Avoid.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful