The Summer Party

An absolutely glamorous and unputdownable psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist!

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Pub Date Jan 05 2023 | Archive Date Jan 05 2023
Aria & Aries | Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book

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An atmospheric psychological thriller about a glamorous family living on the coast of southern Australia. 2023's most addictive beach read.

A perfect family. A devastating secret.

Summer, 2000. In the tranquil town of Queen's Point in southern Australia, the Whitlam family marks the end of every season with a lavish party in their clifftop mansion. Here, clutching her first glass of real champagne, the summer breeze intoxicating on her skin, sixteen-year-old Lucy Ross is kissed for the very first time. And then, in the shadows of the rose garden, she sees something she shouldn't.

Winter, 2019. After two decades of silence, Lucy is back in Queen's Point. She hasn't planned on staying long. But when human remains wash up on the freezing beach, the police close the town. Unable to leave, Lucy is forced to rekindle old friendships – and examine old truths – she has long ago tried to forget.

As long-buried secrets start to surface, Lucy must decide. Will she confront the past and tell the truth? Or will she still do anything to protect the people she loves?

A glamorous, escapist psychological thriller set in Australia, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, A.A. Torre and Adele Parks.

Readers love The Summer Party!

'I opened to the first page and wallop that was it... I was hooked... Give it a try... Five stars.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'SO well written, MY GOD!! The writing was captivating and just incredibly well done... I look forward to more from Heath!' @theberrybookreport, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

'BRAVO!' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Gripping writing and some twists and turns to make you dizzy... This is one party you are never going to forget!' thebooktrail, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Oh wowwwwwww. Let me tell y'all... I was so excited to read this book and now I cannot wait to read the next novel from this author!... Must read if you like a great thrill and suspense novel!' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Great book, I loved it!... This is a tense and gripping mystery with an excellent ending.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'This is quick, fast paced, intriguing read you cannot put down! And of course ending took my breath away! It made my heart ache... Absolutely a promising, riveting, powerful debut comes from Rebecca Heath!' @nilylovestoread, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

'This chilling psychological thriller has everything you need to keep you reading long into the night... glamour, mystery, murder and suspense... Draws the reader in with every carefully chosen word and keeps you guessing til the last page. Brilliant writing!' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'This was a compelling murder mystery suspense and the quintessential beach read, and should be on your shelf waiting for sand, sun, and a cocktail.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Enigmatic, well crafted.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I was blown away by this novel. So many twists and turns... A superb whodunnit that really keeps you guessing.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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'I LOVED IT... A fantastic ending and I would recommend to everyone to read.' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A mindbending thriller that will keep you guessing the entire time you're reading it. Fast-paced plot and original characters for the win!' Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'What a ride!... This is a great first book, I loved it all.' @andireads2022, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An atmospheric psychological thriller about a glamorous family living on the coast of southern Australia. 2023's most addictive beach read.

A perfect family. A devastating secret.

Summer, 2000. In the...

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. As someone who doesn’t veer too much away from the regular authors I read I was a bit dubious to if I would like this, but…… I LOVED IT and have found a new author to add to my select few! The story is set in present time with flashbacks to 19 years prior and slowly unravels the plot line centred around deep family roots and problems. Book finishes with a fantastic ending and I would recommend to everyone to read.

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The Summer Party - Rebecca Heath

Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I do love a good mystery - especially anything based close to home. This novel is set in Western Australia and flips between the present and what happened during one summer 20 years ago.

From the first page we are straight into the plot, no stuffing around which I love in a mystery/thriller novel. I found the characters and location so easy to imagine - I feel like I could see the landscape and the glamorous home as clear as day. In fact, this would make an incredible TV series!

I sped through this book in a matter of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only small negative for me is I did find the storyline of - woman going back to small isolated town from her childhood to face her past - kind of cliche. However I’m happy to put that aside after finishing the book considering I couldn’t put it down.

If you enjoyed Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng or anything Paula Hawkins I think you would also really enjoy this book.

The Summer Party is Rebecca Heath’s debut adult novel and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her future releases.

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Okay, I have to admit that I definitely was not expecting to like this book nearly as much as I did! Holy crap! Loved it!

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What a ride!
Rebecca Heath's debut novel is a thriller set in Australia. It's 2019 and Lucy has returned home to clean out her grandmother's home. Her beloved grandmother had raised her singlehandedly supporting them as the hired help in the nearby mansion. While organizing her grandmother's things, Lucy finds a strange object that pulls her back to the mansion with it's wealthy inhabitants and secrets and lies.

When a body is found in the area, all eyes are on the mansion. Does Lucy hold the missing piece to the story? This is a great first book, I loved it all. If you like family secrets, hometown girls returning, or just are ready for a new thriller by a debut write, The Summer Party is for you!
#Aria&Aries #headofzeus #TheSummerParty. #RebeccaHeath

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Thanks to Aria and Aries and NetGalley for the opportunity to read The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath which i loved. Characters i loved and a couple i enjoyed disliking. A terrific story written in a voice i found appealing. Extra points for such a killer ending.

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Good story. There were a few twists at the end that didn't fully see coming, but it took a bit to get there. Saved all the action until that last third of the book.

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This book is so well written that you are unaware it is listed under Mystery & Thrillers! I actually had tears in my eyes at the end. I loved it! I stayed up all evening to finish it.
It reads like a love story, a summer beach romance between the extremely rich and handsome guy and the average girl from out of town, until it doesn't. There are a few hints that there are family secrets, but not enough to have you start guessing "who did it" because you are so drawn into the story.
The story is told with multiple viewpoints. I believe it is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys mystery, thrillers, romance, female friendships and family drama.

Thank you to #netgalley and Aria & Aries for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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A Summer party you will wish you weren’t invited to…
This book is a mindbending thriller that will keep you guessing the entire time you’re reading it. Fast-paced plot and original characters for the win!

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I loved the suspense in this novel. I really had no idea what would happen or what the outcome would be. Set in a beautiful location I could smell the sea air as I was reading. A few late nights because I couldn’t put this book down.

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Lucy returns to her grandmother's house to clear it out. She is drawn back into the Witlam family, after the discovery of human remains. After the body is found, strange things keep happening, and events build up, as secrets unfold, all leading back to a summer years ago.
An excellent thriller, so many twists, I was hooked trying to guess what happened. Perfect for all mystery fans!

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