The Party Guest

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Pub Date 16 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 08 Aug 2022

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Available to pre-order now: the addictive, sizzling, toxic new thriller from Amanda Robson…

A birthday to remember. But would they rather forget…?

Ralph is turning 45, and the only gift he wants this year is his ex-wife.
Gemma, his trophy girlfriend, is trying to ignore this.
Sarah, the ex-wife, has agreed to attend Ralph’s birthday party, but with her new man in tow.
And Jack, Sarah’s partner, is keen to accompany Sarah to keep an eye on the proceedings.
 
It’s a birthday trip like no other. The whole extended family in a villa on the beautiful Amalfi coast. But under the politely strained surface, every party guest harbours their own agenda.

By the end of the trip, two people will be dead. But while Ralph unwraps his presents, will anybody be able to unwrap the truth…?

A compulsive and twisty suspense thriller with an ending you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Adele Parks…

Praise for Amanda Robson’s twisty suspense novels:

‘I absolutely loved it and raced through it. Thrilling, unputdownable, a fabulous rollercoaster – I was obsessed’ BA Paris

‘Highly entertaining and will keep you turning the pages – A toxic treat!’ Alice Hunter

‘A domestic nightmare crackling with unrelieved tension’ Paul Finch

‘Intriguing, shocking and twisty. An absolute must-read’ JA Corrigan

‘Fast-moving, compulsive reading’ Jane Corry

Available to pre-order now: the addictive, sizzling, toxic new thriller from Amanda Robson…

A birthday to remember. But would they rather forget…?

Ralph is turning 45, and...


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Awesome.
Ralph is turning 45, and the only gift he wants this year is his ex-wife.
Gemma, his trophy girlfriend, is trying to ignore this.
Sarah, the ex-wife, has agreed to attend Ralph’s birthday party, but with her new man in tow. And Jack, Sarah’s partner, is keen to accompany Sarah to keep an eye on the proceedings. It’s a birthday trip like no other. The whole extended family in a villa on the beautiful Amalfi coast. But under the politely strained surface, every party guest harbours their own agenda. By the end of the trip, two people will be dead. But while Ralph unwraps his presents, will anybody be able to unwrap the truth…?
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for giving me an advance copy.

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The Party Guest, a highly enjoyable read.
When you see the guest list for this party you have to ask yourself why?
Ralph hires a villa and invites his on/off girlfriend, his daughter, his son along with his girlfriend followed by his ex-wife and her partner!
If that isn't shocking enough Ralph is still in love with his ex so what could possibly go wrong?
A great who done it and something slightly different from the norm.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy in return for leaving my honest opinion.

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Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. It’s very enjoyable. Ralph is divorced but still in Love with his xwife. It’s his 45th birthday and he is taking the entire family, including his x-wife, on vacation, but he is disappointed when she brings a plus one. Each family members is suffering some sort of problem and things get worse when accidents begin to happen and someone dies. It’s written from the view points of each party member making the mysteries more interesting and enjoyable.

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A very engrossing read, filled with unreliable narrators and well-drawn and self-serving characters. A great storyline with the unpleasant people and intrigue contrasting with the beautiful Italian scenery, Very engrossing,

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Do you ever really know another person? You will find these characters interesting and hiding many things behind deceptive exteriors. This is my first read by this author and I will definitely be looking for more.

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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

The book took some twists I really wasn’t expecting, which took it from 3 to 3.5 rounded up. The writing and the character development is not amazing but you keep turning pages to find out what will happen next. I’ve read all of her books and this is not her best, but I’ll keep reading.

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As it started off it took me a little time to configure the characters. They all have separate chapters of their perspective. However I soon got into the swing and spent my entire Sunday reading it trying to work out the ending and who was lying or telling the truth.
I’m away to find more books by this author.
Thank you Netgalley and Amanda Robson for an advanced copy of this book.

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Ralph has carefully planned his forty-fifth birthday. Luxurious villa on the Amalfi coast - check. Housekeeper/chef hired - check. Girlfriend Gemma invited - check. Daughter Janice, son Patrick and his friend Anna invited - check. Ex-wife Sarah and her partner Jack invited. Maybe this is a mistake, Ralph.

You see, Ralph is still is love with Sarah. Eight years after she left him, he still fantasizes that he can win her back. He is disappointed that she has chosen to bring Jack (it really is hard to understand why she would do that) but still hopes she will choose him. Gemma is a sort of placeholder although she has other ideas. The younger guests are problematic. Patrick may be a bit wishy-washy but looks good compared to the demanding Anna and deeply troubled Janice. With this group, you just know something will go wrong. It does and the police are involved. As this dream vacation falls apart, everyone is a suspect.

The Party Guest is a guilty pleasure! All the characters act badly, some more dramatically than others. Only Sarah is likable. The setting is beautiful, the plot intricate and fast-paced with a surprising conclusion. 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Amanda Robson for this ARC.

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The Party Guest by Amanda Robson is an intense thriller. What starts off as a birthday celebration for Ralph at an Italian villa on the Amalfi coast complete with an interesting and rather unpleasant guest list comprising of ex partners and new ones, soon becomes a crime scene.
This was a real page turner that's really worth a read!

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‘The Party Guest’ is by first read by this author and I enjoyed it so much I plan to read more of her books. This is a well written novel with some very interesting characters, plenty of twists and kept me hooked to the end.

Sarah is invited to celebrate the 45 birthday of her ex husband Ralph. Ralph has never completely moved on following his divorce and he makes no secret of his wish to have Sarah back in his life. Sarah now has her new love named Jack and intends to bring him to the party which is very likely to cause waves. Ralph has a a trophy girlfriend named Gemma but continues to send out mixed signals regarding their relationship.
Certainly an unusual birthday celebration at a villa on the Amalfi coast with the whole family attending and there are bound to be upset and arguments but no one imagined quite how bad it would get. By the end of the visit two people would be dead.

Fast paced thrills make this a page turner to enjoy.

I would like to thank both Netgalley and Avon Books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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I wasn’t sure about this book at first, as the narration style was a bit different, but it grew on me, and then I couldn’t help but devour it! Actually felt like I was there in The villa, so atmospheric. And every single character was flawed, wonderful!

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I really enjoyed this book! It hooked me from the very first chapter, and kept me hooked the entire time!

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The Party Guest by Amanda Robson was a very intriguing read.
An intense, twisted thriller that moves wonderfully at an amazing pace.
Robson has given us a wonderful mystery that will have you not wanting to put the book down.
This intense suspense story had me finishing this novel in a day.
The ending will have you on edge and happily satisfied.

“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Avon,
Thank You for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
I will post my review to my platforms, blog, B&N and Waterstone closer to pub date.

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Twisty and unpredictable this read kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I read it in one sitting and I didn't want it to end.

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Quick read, enjoyable setting and likeable characters.
I think this is a great easy holiday read ! Would be enjoyed by the pool

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Ralph is turning forty five and the only gift he wants is his ex wife Sarah but his trophy girlfriend Gemma is trying to ignore it and Sarah has agreed to attend Ralph’s birthday party but brought her new man Jack with her and Jack is keen to accompany Sarah to keep an eye on the proceedings and it’s a birthday trip like no other the whole extended family in a villa on the beautiful Amalfi coast but under the politely strained surface every party guest harbours their own agenda and by the end of the trip two people will be dead and will Ralph unwrap his presents and will anybody unwrap the truth
Really enjoyed kept me guessing all the way through totally understand
Thank You NetGalley and Avon Books Uk
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You have got to wonder what Ralph is thinking by inviting his ex-wife Sarah and her partner Jack to join him and his girlfriend to the villa he has hired in Italy for his birthday. Along with them is Ralph and Sarah's two grown up children. When Jack goes missing following a walk suspicion falls on all of the family members. When Sarah then is missing the police frantically search for her, Ralph is a mess as he harbors not so secret designs on getting back with Sarah - his children claim they know nothing and Ralphs girlfriend Gemma is in the wind.. This is a tale of unrequited love and evil under the sun. A fast paced read, i really enjoyed it.

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There are some mixed rebuff this book but I really enjoyed it. Perfect beach read. The characters I didn’t warm to but you sometimes get that don’t you. All in all a fun book. Exactly what it says in the tin.

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Lots of popping twists and turns. Enjoyed this domestic thriller very much. Beautiful beach vacation, strange personal obsessions and some highly toxic company! Face paced and entertaining.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

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First of all, thanks to AvonBooks Uk, NetGalley and Amanda Robson for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start with the cover. I like it. At first glance you get a stunning view. Then you notice the broken glass with spilled wine. That should prepare us for what happens with in the book.

I know this is an ARC, but boy was it difficult to read. The formatting was not that great and for some reason the font is very light when reading on a dark background. You can’t get it brighter, at least not when I tried. That’s a big minus for me personally, the book is almost unreadable. It’s ok when you use a white background, but it’s hard on my eyes as well.

The book gives us several points of views. Sometimes it’s hard to remember who the “you” is. The chapters are written from the POV of one character addressing another character as “you”. I don’t think I have read a. Ok written like this before . I am not sure if that’s a style I like, but it worked.

The setting is very awkward. Ralph celebrates his 45th birthday in Italy where he spent his honeymoon with his now ex wife Sarah. On the trip we have Ralph and on/off girlfriend Gemma, his teenage/adult kids, Sarah and her new(well not actually ) boyfriend Jack. Ralph is still in love with Sarah. sarah lives Jack … It’s a recipe for drama in the making. Or better, for a couple of dead bodies. Not everyone survives the trip.

It’s a light and fast read, and I enjoyed reading it quite a bit.

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Devoured this book in two sittings as I couldn't put it down.

I love Amanda Robson’s writing style, its quick and dramatic and leaves you feeling really absorbed into the book.

I enjoyed the book, the characters not overly likeable but it was a good story and ending.

Rated 4/5

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