Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Birthday Party by Wendy Dranfield. This was released on the 7th of January, published by Bookouture.
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!
What was supposed to be a happy occasion turns into a nightmare when a little girl goes missing from her cousins birthday party. A family with secrets to hide, you won’t know who you can trust in this emotionally charged and gripping read.
I told myself I was going to take a break from reading stories involving a missing child, but when I was made aware of this book and its author, I knew I just had to read it and I am so glad that I did! Wendy Dranfield has produced a highly addictive and perfectly written tale that had me on the edge of my seat and gripping my Kindle so hard! A thrilling page turner from start, the tension and suspense is off the charts and with twists and turns thrown in along the way, makes The Birthday Party such a compelling and must read.
Thank you to Wendy Dranfield, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Birthday Party, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Birthday Party Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Birthday Party.
My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.
Let’s Get to Know Wendy Dranfield
Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats. Her first novel (The Girl Who Died) was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Since then she has written two crime series – one follows Officer Dean Matheson on his quest to make detective, and the other is her current series which follows Detective Madison Harper as she tries to reclaim her life after spending six years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.
As well as crime novels Wendy also has short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and the US, and she has been shortlisted and longlisted for various writing competitions.