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The Summer Party

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This one just didn't work for me. The plot moved slow, the characters were not likable and the mystery felt very lackluster.

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Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for this digital copy!

While atmospheric and well-paced, I found most of the characters to be so unlikeable as to become frustrating. This is a good mystery that toes the feeling of a Lucy Foley in terms of setting building and complicated characters, but missed a bit of the charm for me.

Still enjoyed it and is a great middle of the road thriller.

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Thank you very much for the ARC and sorry I didn't read this sooner. This book was so totally unexpected.

If you read this , you will wish you weren't invited to the party!
The book is a totally mindbending thriller that will keep you guessing. It is fast paced, with a good plot and characters.
Definitely recommend !

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What a ride! This was such a fast and thrilling read. This book sure will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.

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This was just alright to me. I liked it, but wasn’t blown away. The atmosphere was great and it was an easy beach read, but I wanted more.

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The Summer Party was just an average read for me, the prose got me in due to Hades the dog he gets into some situations but luckily comes out of this unscathed.
Then the characters well they were very unlikable not one character I wanted to root for, then comes Lucy Rosses relationship with the Whitlam’s escapees during this was totally OTT which is not my cup of tea ☕️ I like believable characters that I can sink my teeth into.

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Although I found this book quite slow to start off, I’m glad I stuck with it. It’s told from two points, the past and the present. The characters very really well planned and had a lot of depth to them.
There was a few plot twists I didn't see coming. I enjoyed the book.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath.

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Lucy goes home to sort out her grandmother’s effects and gets involved again with the family in the “big” house. It all sounded very promising and eminently readable but when a book starts off as slowly as this one then I find it impossible to get invested later (much later!) when things get a bit more lively. That’s when I start skimming but the momentum is lost. I did like the Australian setting and descriptions but felt nothing for the characters apart from the dog - I liked him a lot!

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Thank you so much @HeadofZeus for giving me this ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased review (Release Date | 05 January 2023)

SYNOPSIS | As a teenager, Lucy spent one summer with her grandmother where she met & became enamored with her wealthy next door neighbours (the Whitlam family). Two decades later she returns to clear out her deceased grandmothers cottage and hopefully reconnect with the family whilst she is visiting.

WHAT I LIKED:
- Hades the dog
- that there was flashbacks to 16 year old Lucy

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
- I don't feel like I really knew any of the characters or understood their motivations
- Lucy's obsession with the Whitlam family had me rolling my eyes on a number of occasions especially because she only interacted with them for one summer as a teenager. I could practically hear her begging "why aren't you friends with me?".
- Lucy in general came across as incredibly immature, shallow & self-absorbed (& I'm not entirely convinced she is supposed to be an unlikeable character)
- very slow paced especially in the first half
- I despise a long drawn-out villainous monologue

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Can I just say that cover alone made me want to read this book! Set in Australia and parties are happening. The setting is glorious but the murder not so much.

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This was a good mystery and fast paced read for me but a slow burn if that makes sense haha. I would say this is more mystery than thriller in my opinion. I love that this was told in present day and back in time to the party at the Whitmans. There are lots of secrets and lies, the Whitman family is very close. The main character Lucy has idolized their rich and elegant lifestyle ever since she spent a summer at her grandmothers house who lived next door to them. The mystery part of it is when a body is discovered and some find her arrival and this revelation suspicious.
Overall great read and thanks Netgalley for the ARC copy!

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This was a quick, easy read. It held my interest enough for me to want to finish it. It wasn’t a bad read, but it also wasn’t an exceptional one.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the opportunity for me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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A satisfying murder mystery set in Australia. Lucy Ross saw something she shouldn't have seen in 2000. Now, 19 years later, she's back and ready to probe deeper into the mystery surrounding the gorgeous, rich and glamorous Whitham siblings, who are considered royalty in town.

I did like this novel and the mystery intrigued me overall. I would definitely read something by this author again.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ / 5

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Lucy has been forced to return to her childhood summer home in Queens Point Australia to pack up her Grandmother's home after her death. She does not plan to stay long. But when a body is discovered on the beach it brings back memories from years ago of a party.

The story goes back nineteen years when she meets the glamorous, wealthy Whitlam siblings Harry and Annabelle. In this beautiful coastal town they are as good as royalty. They let Lucy into their inner circle and she was prepared to turn a blind eye to their secrets.

The story is told from Lucy's POV in the present day and in the past. There were plenty of twists to keep me engrossed.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Just over two decades ago, Lucy spent a summer at her Grandmother Judy’s house in Queen’s Point, where she met the Whitlam family and befriended siblings Annabel, Mae and Harry. From the outside, the Whitlams had it all, they were wealthy and they lived a life of luxury. Lucy envied them and spend her summer desperately trying to fit in with them and be one of them. She even fell in love with one of them, or at least she thought she did. Lucy’s summer there ended with her attending a lavish summer party thrown by the Whitlam’s, but there’s something about that night that has never sat right with Lucy - just what did she overhear?

Now, twenty years later and Lucy is back with dog Hades, ready to tackle the mammoth task of clearing Judy’s cottage following her death. But Lucy’s arrival is coincidentally timed with the washing up of a body on the beach. And so begins this intriguing murder mystery - whose body is it? Does it have anything to do with Lucy? Does it have anything to do with the Whitlam’s? Has their summer of friendship stood the test of time? Or was it even really a friendship?

I really enjoyed this book. The chapters alternate between Lucy in the present day and various characters in the summer of 2000. So many secrets and tangled webs of lies are uncovered. There’s a strong sense of not knowing who to trust which adds to the tenseness and strong feeling of unease that I felt when reading. I was very fearful for Lucy and Hades at times - definitely edge of your seat reading! Very atmospheric - I felt like I was there with them, and the setting descriptions really added to the overall vibe of the book which was quite dark and twisty. Would definitely recommend this one!

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Interesting and well written I just personally couldn’t get into the story. Difficult to follow at times and a little slow. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Absolutely brilliant
Loved this from the first to the last page
You will not want to put it down
A great page turner
Thanks NetGalley

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This book was weird. The writing was really hard to understand and just not good. I got to chapter 5 and I couldn’t understand what was going on. I would not recommend.

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Lucy returns to her grandmother's house to reconnect with her childhood friends, the Whitlam siblings. When Brooke Whitlam, their mother, goes missing, Lucy is determined to uncover the truth.

Although the book's pacing is slow, the intriguing plot and unexpected twists kept me engaged. The Australian setting adds charm. However, Lucy's excessive infatuation with the Whitlams and their unlikable nature were disappointing. Overall, it's a good mystery with room for improvement.

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