- Editie: Kindle-editie
- Bestandsgrootte: 1120 KB
- Printlengte: 305 pagina's
- Uitgever: Fourth Estate; ePub edition editie (13 juli 2017)
- Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Taal: Engels
- ASIN: B01N6RQP67
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The Party: The thrilling Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018 (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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Think Brideshead Revisited meets The Talented Mr Ripley with a dash of The Riot Club. I couldn't put it down Louise O Neill, author of Asking For It
Martin Gilmour and Ben Fitzmaurice have been best friends for 25 years, since their days together at Burtonbury School.
They are an unlikely pair: the scholarship boy with the wrong accent and clothes, and the dazzlingly popular, wealthy young aristocrat. But Martin knows no one else can understand the bond they share and no one else could have kept Ben s secret for over two decades.
At Ben s 40th birthday party, the cream of the British establishment gathers in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the politicians, the celebrities, the old money and the newly rich, Martin once again feels that pang of not quite belonging. His wife Lucy has her reservations, too. There is something unnerving in the air. But Ben wouldn t do anything to damage their friendship. Would he?
"A deft thriller.... Literary flashbacks, which can be jarring or even confusing, are masterfully illuminating in The Party They tighten the tension and lead the reader naturally to the next clue or curiosity.... The Party is well-rounded and satisfying, not only as an accomplished page-turning mystery, but also for its in-depth examination of class, of marriage and friendship, and of deception, loyalty and ambition."--St. Louis Post Dispatch
"By page one of this devious, witty, thrilling book, you'll be as haplessly seduced by Ben Fitzmaurice's glamorous lifestyle as his old classmate, Martin Gilmour."--Refinery29
"Day spellbindingly spools out the evening's events.... The Party is a splendid, stunning slow burn."
"Day's latest novel is sinister and seductive and nothing short of breathtaking."
--Francesca Segal, author of The Innocents
"Elizabeth Day's psychological thriller, about an aristocrat's birthday party gone awry, updates Waugh, Highsmith and Fitzgerald... Day's sly fourth novel is an enticing mix of social, climbing, barely hidden list and possible crimes...THE PARTY knowingly nods toward Brideshead Revisited and The Talented Mr. Ripley. But Day refreshes their themes for an age in which the upper echelons retain their allure and their grasp on power while posing as common folk... Day's shrewd eye and authorial tone also provide a gleeful, edgy wit.... [a] smart, irresistible romp."--New York Times Book Review
"I practically murdered this book in an evening I loved it so much. THE PARTY is a terrifying, hilarious, brilliantly written original with a wit to die for."--Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of Fleabag
"In this psychological page-turner, a deeply buried secret that ties two married couples together comes to a head during one lavish 40th birthday party."--Entertainment Weekly
"Like Herman Koch co-wrote a literary page-turner with Patricia Highsmith-irresistible stuff."
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Raised by a controlling mother, Martin's childhood lacks nurturing but, by nature, Martin would be hard to nurture. He is impulsive and attention seeking without seeming to understand the differences between the negative and the positive. He is a pitiful child but hard to pity. He meets Lucy when he is well into his late twenties and she, being herself a nurturer, sees Martin as interesting, introverted and in need of a person of her caring nature. Martin believes himself to be clever, his motivations hidden. Unfortunately, if there is a flaw in this narrative, it is that Martin's actions are fairly obvious.
The novel opens when Martin is an adult being interviewed by the police in a matter revealed much later. The story really begins, however, when Martin wins a scholarship to a prep school, Burtonbury. He imagines this transition from his shabby elementary school to be one where like minded young intellects sit near a roaring fire discussing great literature and is disappointed to find the students older but still adolescent. However, on Day One at Burtonbury, Martin meets the person who will be the focus of his life.
Ben Fitzmaurice is everything Martin is not - sporty, popular, connected, rich and good looking. It is easy to see why Martin spends the majority of his time finding ways to be in Ben's company. What is much less clear is why Ben puts up with Martin. Martin eventually worms his way into Ben's life and his family and refers to "my best friend Ben," well into adulthood. Martin follows Ben to Cambridge, agonizing over Ben's female admirers and, once again, placing himself in Ben's presence at every opportunity.
Then, Martin has a golden opportunity. This opportunity causes Ben's family to be forever indebted to Martin. Martin, oblivious, accepts the ongoing bribe but fails to see how this might mar his relationship with Ben.
Ben eventually marries the lovely Serena and they have big houses and several children - when Martin marries Lucy, they remain friends but as Serena becomes more involved with her children and Ben becomes more involved in his family and his career, Martin refuses to accept his diminishing importance in Ben's life. He is, "Martin, Ben's best friend."
For Ben's fortieth birthday, he and Serena throw a party in their new residence in the Cotswolds, a former home for an order of monks. Since there are multiple bedrooms in "The Priory," Martin assumes that he and Lucy will stay there - since they are, in all but name, family. By the time Martin realizes that no invitation has been issued for lodging, he and Lucy are forced to stay in a small motel near the motorway. Lucy, of course, feels the snub but Martin, as always, comes to the defense of "his best friend, Ben."
The party begins and there is much drinking, hundreds of people, but even then, Martin's objective is to be near Ben. He is impervious to knowing glances, outright laughter or snide remarks and injects himself into conversations by introducing himself as "Ben's best friend Martin." The night goes into morning and Lucy and Martin are summoned to the Priory library with only Ben and Serena. Martin, of course, sees the entire night as a prelude to inclusion, once again, into the Fitzmaurice inner circle. Lucy, drunk as she is, is helpless as she sees Martin about to self destruct. Will he?