The Party by Robyn Harding
The Party is a dark and compelling domestic drama. It’s the story of one family's unravelling after an innocent birthday party goes wrong; a page-turner that will keep you both appalled and engrossed to the end.
Kim is a very lucky woman. She lives in a beautiful home in one of San Francisco’s affluent suburbs, with a highly successful husband and two well-adjusted teenage children. When we meet Kim, she’s preparing for her daughter Hannah’s sixteenth birthday party. It’s just a few friends sleeping over, some pizza and presents. Kim's a good parent, so there will be no alcohol and boys, of course.
Or will there? Hannah’s a good girl too but she’s been trying to get in with the cool set at school and so, in addition to her old friends, she invites some new ones too and that sets things off on a disastrous course. Nothing goes according to plan and in a dreadful turn of events, there is a horrible accident that leaves one of the girls, Ronni, in hospital and potentially damaged for life.
The Party is one of those stories that grips you from the start – while we can sometimes feel for Jeff and Kim as they navigate what would be every teenage parent’s worst nightmare, we also wish they’d behave differently.