Robyn Harding’s domestic drama, hailed as “tense and riveting” by Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, explores the aftermath of a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, as the members of a wealthy family in San Francisco find their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.
One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.
Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming-of-age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?
But things do go wrong, horrifically so, and Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter is exposed.
Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, this is a white-knuckled and “riveting tale that is impossible to put down” (Bill Clegg, New York Times bestselling author of Did You Ever Have a Family).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Party centers around a sweet-sixteen sleepover that goes tragically wrong. Nobody in the Sanders family is likeable—but they’re somehow relatable, making terrible decisions for understandable reasons like popularity, saving face, or rebellion against routine. Using alternating points of view, Robyn Harding slyly reveals the hidden prejudices of Jeff, Kim, and their daughter, Hannah, and casts a sharp, appraising eye on the modern family unit. It's a gripping, squirm-inducing read.
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I’d recommend it to my friends, but don’t get your hopes up on a satisfying ending. The story gets resolved, but the author doesn’t tell us how. Throughout the novel, they talk about taking it to court, but there is no courtroom scene. But I enjoyed the conflict and critical thinking.