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From the bestselling author of What You Did comes a stunning psychological thriller. One party. Thirteen people. By 3.02 p.m., one of them will be dead.
The party should have been perfect: six couples from the same baby group, six newborns, a luxurious house. But not everything has gone to plan, and while some are here to celebrate, others have sorrows to drown. When someone falls from the balcony of the house, the secrets and conflicts within the group begin to spill out....
DS Alison Hegarty, herself struggling with infertility, is called in to investigate. She’s convinced the fall was not an accident, and finds the new parents have a lot to hide. Wealthy Ed and Monica show off their newborn while their teenage daughter is kept under virtual house arrest. Hazel and Cathy conceived their longed-for baby via an anonymous sperm donor - or so Hazel thinks. Anita and Jeremy planned to adopt from America, but there’s no sign of the child. Kelly, whose violent boyfriend disrupted previous group sessions, came to the party even though she lost her baby. And then there’s Jax, who’s been experiencing strange incidents for months - almost like someone’s out to get her. Is it just a difficult pregnancy? Or could it be payback for something she did in the past?
It’s a nightmare of a case, and as events get even darker it begins to look impossible. Only one thing is clear: they all have something to hide. And for one of them, it’s murder.
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38 is Elderly & white people are selfish, ignorant racists.
I hate writing a review like this, but I felt frustrated throughout this entire story, because I wanted to love it.
First, If I wanted to watch CNN, I would not have wasted my money on this audiobook. I chose this book for entertainment, not to feel decrepit and chastised for being a 40 yr. old middle class white woman. Lisa Jewell is a master at relaying the same thought-provoking sentiments with more compassion, empathy and intelligence... I always take something so powerful from her books, while also being wildly entertained. I wish more authors would take note.
I can appreciate the author’s decision to use her talent & visibility to bring attention to cultural and political challenges the world faces, and I understand that racism still exists. What I cannot appreciate or understand is the irresponsibility of the continuous reinforcement of inequality on every social media, “news” network and entertainment outlet. Those with platforms should find a more positive way to enlighten and inform the public of social injustice, without constantly stereotyping the middle class white as selfish, privileged, racist and ignorant.
What you are doing is making the problem worse. What you are doing is planting and spreading seeds of doubt in the minds of minorities, reinforcing the vicious cycle. You are also causing more resistance by painting people this way. It’s just the one-sided mean spirited way it’s demonstrated here. I have lived in multiple cities, have friends from all of them, and none of them are like “Monica”. I know they’re out there, but I truly believe they are the minority.
As to the vaccination chapter... I vaccinate my children, and I do believe that it is irresponsible not to in most cases, but many people have valid reasons or experiences to make them question vaccinations. Studies have shown they have the potential to affect everyone differently long term, and there have been contaminated vaccine batches that were swept under the rug. Why make that argument sound like like another battle between privileged 🦇💩 crazy airheads and the world’s great intellects?
In addition, the constant negative attention to women ranging in age from 38 to 44 was very unappealing. Either you are a nice person who looks & feels like sh$& at age 40, or you are a selfish privileged yoga addicted yummy mummy. PSA: 38 IS NOT OLD. The author just really beat that dead horse to death. I kept listening thinking there would be some redeeming quality that would pull this all
together and leave me with some great “aha” but it just never came. I felt washed up and used up by the end.
Yes, there were some interesting twists, although far fetched. It just felt too forced, overdone, and manipulated to monopolize on the current challenges and movements. The climax and subsequent police interviews are also very strangely similar to Big Little Lies (which is much better.).
Sorry, I’m gonna recommend you pass on this one, unless you want more of the same you’re seeing everywhere else. Lisa Jewell is an amazing author who spectacularly finds empathy and redeeming qualities in even the “worst” of her characters while bringing attention to social and racial injustice.
9 people found this helpful
- VM SD
Good performances, annoying story
I’m two hours into this mess. I’ve listened to two other Claire McGowan books this year, and they were fantastic. This one, “The Push,” is full of characters I don’t care about. It jumps too often from one to another (and I enjoy books told from the view of different characters). I’m tired of listening to these whiny do-nothings and worry-worts for the past two hours. I can’t continue. I don’t even know who has been killed and I don’t even care. Don’t bother.
3 people found this helpful
- AJ Holmes
Oh, this was good!
I love the way Claire writes. I felt as if I were right there in the mix of everything going on. This was a really good read and I love the discussion questions at the end. My jaw was really on the floor when I learned who had been doing all those awful things to Jax and why but that was nothing compared to the ultimate reveal. I did not at all see that coming. I had gone in an entirely didn't direction as I tried to piece everything together. I will definitely be recommending this book to others and I'll be on the lookout for Claire's next release. Don't wait, grab a copy and start reading now!
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- Jenny Wagner
Narrator is monotonous
I’ve heard such great things about this book. The narrator was so monotonous and followed the same patterns of inflection that I gave up. She doesn’t change voices much for different characters making it hard to follow. With all the voice talent out there, you’d think the publishers/producers could have selected better.