A Death at the Party, a review by Di

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Amy Stuart

Simon & Schuster Canada
Mar 7, 2023
304 pages

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The very first paragraph of the book tells the reader that we are dealing with a dead person. The death happens at a party. Then it skips back to the morning of the party, with our main character, Nadine.

The whole course of the book takes place on the day of the party. Everything is viewed from Nadine’s perspective. There are constant flashbacks to incidents that will presumably lead up to The Death. There are candidates for the victim-to-be tossed in to pique the reader’s interest. Lots of possible victims.

There’s also an uncomfortable undertone, right from the beginning. It’s hard for the reader to tell where that is heading. I wasn’t sure if it was to do with the death or something else completely different. There seems to be a lot more going on than what we are reading about. Of course, every good book has secrets…….and it takes some time to discover what this one is.

The day of the party turns out to be a day of stress for Nadine. But, because of the undertones and The Secret(s) the reader is kept in dark about the cause of this stress for quite some time. At the halfway point, I had no idea where this was going.

And, then, it all comes together. Wasn’t that a party?

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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