Title: The Party At No. 12
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: March 11th 2022
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: February 26th 2022
Pages: 304

“Three days ago, she’d have been certain of knowing where the line between good and bad lay – but, now, she wasn’t sure.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I couldn’t resist adding The Party At No. 12 to my shelves, both because I’ve enjoyed Kerry Wilkinson‘s stories in the past and because I was intrigued by the blurb. A party with a deadly end, lots of secrets and loaded history between those in play; how could I resist that?! I’m definitely glad I didn’t, because I ended up having an excellent time with this story. The Party At No. 12 both starts and ends with a bang, and there is no doubt that this story is an engaging and fast-paced psychological thriller set out to both entertain and mislead you at the same time.

The plot at first glance is quite simple. We have the party where eight women belonging to two generations get together, some family and some friends for a long time. You immediately realize that it’s not all roses and sunshine between them, and you can cut the tension between especially Sophie and Katherine… But what you don’t know is what is exactly going on, nor what everyone is hiding. The party itself doesn’t exactly go smoothly either, but that is nothing compared to the discovery that is made the next day: one of them is dead. And what the seven remaining women decide to do afterwards that is what makes this story so interesting.

The development of the plot and plot twists is very well done; it keeps you entertained while also misleading you with multiple suspects and/or (lack of) information that keeps you wondering. The dual POV structure, switching between Hannah and Zach enables you to see both sides of the investigation and it was interesting to see the two POVs slowly coming together. There were lots of secrets and lies unraveled along the way, but none as massive as that final plot twist bomb. I most definitely didn’t see that ending coming! And that isn’t something that happens often for me anymore after reading so many thrillers throughout the years.

In short, The Party At No. 12 turned out to be a highly entertaining and fast-paced psychological thriller packed with twists and an explosive ending you won’t see coming. If you like the genre, I can definitely recommend this title and his books in general for that matter!


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