With the holidays upon us it seemed appropriate to read a book about a party. Here is my review! I think fans of Big Little Lies will like this book (and it reminded me a little of The Dinner by Herman Koch).
The Party opens in an interview room at a Police station where Martin Gilmour is being questioned about the events of the 40th birthday party of Martin’s long time best friend Ben Fitzmaurice. The rest of the book, told from Martin’s perspective, alternates from the night of the party to Martin and Ben’s days at school where they first met and formed this lifelong bond. Lucy, Martin’s wife, adds a different perspective through the pages of her journal.
The book centers around Martin and Ben’s relationship. Martin, who grew up poor with no family bonds, becomes obsessed with Ben, his larger than life handsome and successful friend with a wealthy family, who he will do anything for.
What happened at The Party? And what happened all those years ago to bond Martin and Ben?
Day makes you wait to find out and if the book were any longer I don’t know if I would have had the patience. But in under 300 pages this book is a twisted well written story about obsession, betrayal, greed, jealousy, narcissism, entitlement, and desperation. I thought it was dark and creepy (in a good way). The themes are nothing new (and a little predictable) but even so, The Party was a fun champagne fueled ride through the English country side with the British Aristocracy (and a few imposters).
Best paired with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (or prosecco if you have champagne taste but a prosecco budget).