The Party by Lisa Hall #bookreview @LisaHallAuthor @HQstories

The Party: The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestseller Lisa Hall by [Hall, Lisa]

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It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room, the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

The Party is the gripping new novel from bestseller Lisa Hall.

MY THOUGHTS

Lisa Hall is back with a compelling new thriller, in her new novel The Party. I was totally gripped by this book, and I wanted to find out what had happened on the night our main character, Rachel attends a friend’s house party, only to wake up there the next morning, convinced she has been raped. This is a very quick read which can very easily be read in one sitting, once you start reading you will find it very difficult to put down.

Rachel was a character who I really felt for as she tried to come to terms with what had happened to her and uncover who had raped her. Lisa Hall explores just how harrowing it can be for a person to experience this and the effects it has on their family and friends. I felt that I couldn’t trust anyone close to Rachel, not even some members of her own family and close friends and I could sense how uncomfortable she felt on the page.

I think Rachel is a character who will divide readers. I think most will probably feel for her for what she is going through, but there is also the aspect that up until very recently she herself was having an affair. It doesn’t paint her in the best light, and this was a part of the story I kept thinking back to as I tried to work out what had exactly happened on the night of the party.

Lisa Hall delivers a hard-hitting ending, I did think I had it worked out who the culprit was, but Lisa totally managed to surprise me. The story kept me gripped right from the first page and it was a very twisty read. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 12th July 2018

Print length: 289 pages

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Between You And Me by Lisa Hall Book Review

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They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened…

Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, wow, wow! I can’t rate this book highly enough. Lisa Hall is a genius, I haven’t been this impressed by a twist since I read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. If there is an award for creating high levels of tension, then Lisa rightly deserves it. I could actually feel my chest tightening when I was reading some of the scenes in this book. Brilliant writing!

This book is really hard to talk about without giving anything away, I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for you but one thing I will say is that I really disliked Charlie, I don’t think I have ever hated a character so much. But this was what I really liked about this book, both the characters came alive on the page, and I was rooting for Sal to get out of the marriage. For me, as well as an engaging plot, you have to have great characters who drive the story, they have to make you care about wanting to read the rest of the book, and Lisa definitely has that in Between You And Me with Charlie and Sal.

The book is told from both Sal and Charlie’s perspectives when I started reading the book I thought I had made my mind up about one of the characters but as I got to know their history my opinion of them did slightly change. Lisa kept me on my toes as I tried to work out what was going on and what was going to happen.

Between You and Me deserves all the praise that it is getting. I have a copy of Lisa Hall’s next book, and that has shot straight to the top of my reading pile. I can’t wait to read it!

Publisher: Carina

Publication date: 28th April 2016

Print: 356 pages

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