The Block Party
by Jamie Day
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Pub Date 18 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2023
This summer, meet your neighbors.
The residents of the exclusive cul-de-sac on Alton Road are entangled in a web of secrets and scandal utterly unknown to the outside world, and even to each other.
On the night of the annual Summer block party, there has been a murder.
But, who did it and why takes readers back one year earlier, as rivalries and betrayals unfold—discovering that the real danger lies within their own block and nothing—and no one—is ever as it seems.
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The Block Party was great. I read it through on Sunday. It kept me guessing. So many secrets and so many twists. I love when something from one character's life becomes involved with another's. The ending has a surprise. This will be a summer must read.
Thank you, NetGalley. I needed a book like this after the holidays.
Apparently, I can’t get enough of these neighborhood drama stories. This one is my favorite so far. It was so much better than I expected and I couldn’t wait to see how all of the conflicts would be resolved. The residents are wealthy (aren’t they always?) and completely wrapped up in each other’s lives. There are affairs, secrets from the past, more affairs, and a murder at the yearly block party. There’s no shortage of guesses on who was murdered and who did the deed.
The story starts out with the crime and then unfolds beginning at the block party from the year before. The reader is then methodically introduced to the residents as they enter into the story, and although there are several families to keep track of, I had no problem remembering who was who. It did get a little tricky once the affairs are revealed, I had to keep reminding myself that no, that’s not her husband, that one is her lover!
I was really engaged in this story and couldn’t wait to see how it was going to play out. I wasn’t disappointed and you won’t be either!
I read this in one sitting! Anything to do with a little neighborhood drama mixed with a murder is a toxic mix of staying up way to late to finish! Unraveling the year prior, pay attention, it took me by surprise! This is for sure to a hit summer read!
Totally delicious read. While stories of tightly knit communities that unravel under the burden of too many secrets abound, The Block Party is several cuts above the rest, because the secrets are more incendiary than average and the alternating points of view between Alex (one of the wives who is a third person narrator) and her daughter Lettie (an angst-ridden high school senior in the throes of both unrequited love and a thirst for revenge, who narrates in the first person) is unusual and very effective.
I can’t reveal details without revealing spoilers. All I will say is, read this book and prepared for rollicking entertainment. And it’s not just chick lit; the husbands are as dastardly as the wives.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Boy oh boy, who knew so many secrets are being kept in subrubia? This book was entertaining and a bit sad. I loved the online chat about what was going on with the block party in the high end neighborhood. And it seemed very to to life.
Alton Road in Meadowbrooke is the the place to be. All the women and men on that street are well to do with lives that seem perfect. However, every one has secrets. And it seems on this Memorial Day, all the secrets are coming out to the open.
Alex Fox is the go to for all the ladies on the street. Alex and Nick are happily married with a daughter, Lettie, about to leave for college. Emily and Ken Adair seems to have it all, two sons, great careers and the money to add on an in-law suite for Emily and Alex's mom. Willow and Evan Thompson are the golden couple. Willow is beautiful and Evan a high profile photographer. Willow and Evan have a gorgeous daughter Riley. Riley is dating Emily and Ken's son Dylan. Brooke Bailey is a gorgeous widow. Brooke's late husband was best friends with Ken. Rumor has it Brooke may have "pushed" Jerry over rail on cruise when his life ended. And new to the neighborhood are Samir and Mandy Kumar along with their son Jay.
So much is happening in the lives of these characters, Their is drug and alcohol abuse. Lying and cheating. Secrets that could destroy families and friendships. So when the annual block party comes to around tempers are flaring. What could have brought the cops to annual block party of this affluent neighborhood?
I loved that we started at present day, had the local neighborhood online chatter, and went back a year to see what all had happened. I sort of figured out some of the plot twists but not all. It was a heart racing conclusion to the party.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
They gave me 72 hours to read this book and I did it. It wasn’t hard at all this book was impossible to put down.
This book starts with an incident and takes you back a year earlier so you can get familiar with the characters and the issues. And there is a lot of stuff going on on this block!
Entertaining and engrossing, this book lets you be the fly on the wall that watches everything that is happening. The ending does not disappoint!
Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.
Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this eARC!
Mystery, drama, murder, scandals...a fun time! This book really makes you realize you don't truly know anyone and to question everyone. It definitely kept me on my toes. It had the suspenseful atmosphere that I love as well!
For fans of White Lotus, this is “White Lotus—Neighborhood Style.” We learn early on that someone has been killed during the annual Memorial Day block party in a posh Massachusetts neighborhood. The tale then goes back a year to fill in the backstory and introduce us to the individual neighbors and their complex relationships. Until the end, we can only speculate on who has died, how, why, and at the hands of whom.
The author does an impressive job of grabbing and holding the reader’s attention with strong character development, storytelling from varying points of view, and convincing dialogue, as well as interesting revelations about neighborhood dynamics. Individuals struggle with the ramifications of telling—or not telling—each other what they know or suspect about questionable goings-on while families come apart, neighbors fight, and tensions rise. The ending is satisfying without being overly clichéd. My only complaint is the number of “beautiful” women and drop-dead handsome men populating the place.
Thank you to NetGalley, Jamie Day and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!
I have been looking forward to reading this book and was so happy to get an advanced copy. The Block Party is one you will not want to put down from start to finish!
The residents of Alton Road are SUPER close- some are related, they ALL have something to hide, and the gossip never ends. Alex lives with husband Nick, daughter Lettie, and is the queen of the street- she loves organizing get togethers, fixing her neighbors problems, and wine- she really loves wine. Her sister Emily lives on the same street with her two sons and always has drama with her husband Ken... who seems to have drama with everyone. Mysterious new neighbors add to the drama and as the year unfolds stalkers are uncovered, affairs are discovered and lies crumble. Tensions overflow at the annual Alton Road Block Party on Memorial Day, and this year not everyone will make it out alive.
The Block Party is a deeply satisfying thriller that keeps you guessing til the end, you have to read it for yourself!
Everyone thinks they know their neighbors but this book will let you know you never truly know what goes on behind closed doors. Each neighbor on the block has their own secrets they are trying to hide so it appears like they have it all together. Some are better than others at hiding their secrets. Some just know how to find out all the secrets and use it too their advantage.
It is time for the annual Memorial Day block party and this year two people will die. So many of them have said they wanted to kill someone who finally does it and why? The author lays out all the clues for you to follow but the ending was one I couldn't sleuth out. Kudos as I like to be surprised and shocked and this one did both.
This book is addictive and it is smart, twisty, well crafted mystery with some very diverse characters. I loved the two different point of views between Alex and Lettie. I loved the ending and how tragedy managed to make everyone closer.
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