The Birthday Party By Wendy Dranfield

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The Birthday Party: A totally nail-biting and addictive crime thriller packed with jaw-dropping twists By Wendy Dranfield


Book/Novel Author: Wendy Dranfield

Book/Novel Title: The Birthday Party



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Charlotte waves at her mother across the crowded lawn. Little red boots on, cowboy hat crooked over her blonde pigtails, she’s been looking forward to this party for weeks. Moments later, she disappears without a trace… Kathy Hamilton drives away from her sister-in-law’s pristine-white suburban house in Maple Falls certain she’s left her daughter in safe hands. On the hottest day of the year, a birthday is the perfect excuse to gather friends, family and neighbors around the pool for a barbecue. But when she returns hours later to find her little girl has vanished, her world shatters. Nobody laughing and drinking in the garden that day saw anything unusual. Kathy’s eldest daughter is anxious and hardly eating. Is she sick with worry for her sister, or hiding a terrible secret? The phone rings and rings, but why can’t Kathy get hold of the babysitter? And is she imagining it, or when her husband rushed from work to join the search, was he wearing a different shirt to the one she saw him leave the house in that morning? As the temperature rises, and long-buried secrets begin to surface, it’s clear that even the most perfect families keep devastating secrets. But in a town as small as this, is there anyone you can trust? A totally gripping and utterly addictive page-turner that will have you racing through and reeling at the twists. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Gone Girl and Teresa Driscoll, it will keep you up reading all night long! Everyone is talking about The Birthday Party: ‘Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I am totally speechless… I was on the edge of my seat… I could not put this book down for the life of me. I had to finish… I could not eat or sleep until I found out what happened.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars ‘OMG… my heart is still racing… spectacular… a roller-coaster ride… a surprise at every twist and turn… left me reeling. Without doubt this is my book of the year.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Hooked!! Start-to-finish! So many secrets, so many twists and turns… you will be kept riveted.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Absolute gem of a book. I couldn’t put this one down… devoured page after page… superb and I 100% need more… a spectacular read that kept me guessing throughout.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, 5 stars ‘LOVED IT!!!! Lots of twists… it was gripping!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘WOW!… a must read. The twists and turns never stop all the way to the very last page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Just wow! Could not put this down! All I can say is get this book. You won’t be disappointed. One of the best books I’ve read this year.’ @owl._.books, 5 stars ‘Oh Boy! Oh Boy!!!… OMG!… the BEST BOOK I have read this year! OMG… just Brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely hard to put down. The story was gripping and had many twists and turns.
Everything. For me, it brought me out of the routine of my life and took me on a thrilling ride from beginning to end. The writing was well calculated to take the reader to the zenith of the roller-coaster ride. The subplots were well planned by the author. I imagined she had a white board that helped her to keep all the characters in line and make them do nefarious acts. The swirling world of secrets kept the book feel like the kernels of popcorn where one would burst out of the book, wickedly delicious. Emotions were well balanced, was happy that the author did not go overboard. This was a cleverly written thriller where the author placed the characters at the right place, then brought in some new ones to deliver the secrets which others couldn’t have discovered on time.
Wow,this book was really good. I enjoyed all the twists and turns that this book had. This is the first time reading book from this author. I definitely recommend this book and I plan to read more of her books.
WOW. I couldn’t put it down read it in one day. Total is a nails biting crime thriller lots of twist and turn
Wow. I’m not sure why this has been sitting in my library for awhile now but I’m very sorry it was not read sooner. This is one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a while! Kathy drops he daughter at her brother and sister in law’s house for a birthday party and then heads to work, not knowing that the little girl won’t be coming back home that day! What follows, in the investigation, is mind blowing. There are twists and turns and surprises in every chapter right to the end. I did not ever guess what was going on and just couldn’t read in my sleep or would have finished sooner. This was my first book by this author but truly will not be the last. Highly recommended read.
Rich parents don’t want their daughter to date boys beneath them in social standing – murder- adultery- great read – daughter disappears at family birthday party’- sheriff is Kathy’s boyfriend in high school who still has feelings for her even though she is married with children – never saw the ending of figures out the ending – couldn’t stop ✋ reading


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