The Dinner Party by R.J. Parker #thedinnerparty @Bookwalter

About this book…

All your friends are invited. But which of them will survive?

An addictive and twisty psychological thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a peaceful neighbourhood.

Eight friends. Eight secrets. One killer.

A group of old friends gather in a peaceful suburban street for a dinner party.

They are expecting a fun evening of wine, food and pleasant company. But then they start to play the game…

It’s about trust and dark secrets – it tests marriage to its limits – and none of them can begin to imagine its consequences.

Because the next day, two guests are dead and the others are trapped in a nightmare…

My review…

Oh I did love The Dinner Party! In fact I’ve always enjoyed a good dinner party myself (fabulous food, fantastic friends…what’s not to love?!) but strangely enough since reading this book I may accept invitations with a little more trepidation than normal in the future. I have to say though that with any future invites, I’m quite happy to stick to my own favourite dinner party game of Scrabble with a few glasses of Drambuie! And to be honest I’m thinking that the characters in R.J. Parker’s book are probably wishing in hindsight that they had done the same!

When a group of friends gather together for a dinner party, we are aware from the very start of the preparations for the night that there are undercurrents bubbling alongside the main course for the evening. But when a seemingly fun but thought provoking post dinner game is suggested by one of the guests, little do they realise that it is going to be the catalyst for a series of shocking events that will leave none of them untouched by the next morning.

I’ve read and loved Richard Parker’s books before so was looking forward to The Dinner Party which is written under his alter ego of R.J. Parker. Although to be honest, I had actually preordered The Dinner Party before I had even connected the dots and realised who it had actually been written by! It was the description of the plot that had me completely intrigued as I’ve always been fascinated by how seemingly innocuous occasions can be the spark to light the flames of undeclared resentments that have been simmering beneath that surface of suburban harmony. And R.J. Parker has delivered a gruesome and intense storyline that will keep you guessing until the final, frantically flourished finish. To think that a dinner party between friends who have supported each other through years of marriage and family issues can lead to being trapped in a nightmare that it is impossible to escape, is such a fascinating premise and I don’t think anyone else could have fulfilled the brief as well as has been implemented here.

The Dinner Party is a fast paced, creative and exciting read that will grab you from the very first page. I couldn’t put it down and it fulfilled all my expectations and more! Highly recommended by me! Especially as I had absolutely no idea where the plot was heading until it slapped me in the face! Nice one!

Meet the author…

Richard Parker also writes as R J Parker for HarperCollins and was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers.

THE DINNER PARTY is his latest stand alone thriller and has been called ‘the most addictive, twisty, psychological thriller of 2019.’

THE SONGBIRD GIRLS is his eighth book and is the second adventure for DI Tom Fabian as he confronts notorious serial killer Christopher Wisher. 

NEVER SAY GOODBYE is his seventh thriller and is the first in a new suspense series to feature DI Tom Fabian.

KEEP HER SAFE is his sixth stand alone novel. Readers now double lock their doors at night.

HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and was published August 2017. Dare you meet Mr Whisper, the serial killer?

FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s his darkest crime novel to date.

STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.

SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by a major US studio. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.

STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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