The Party by Nora Valters #BookReview #TheParty #PsychologicalThriller #PsychologicalSuspense #NetGalley @nora_valters @inkubatorbooks #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing The Party by Nora Valters, published by Inkubator Books.


Ruth loves her life in London – she has a high-powered career and a handsome and successful fiancé. This Christmas she’s bringing him back to her home town to meet her family and school friends, one of whom, Holly Murphy, has a new baby.

But, as the Christmas Eve party is in full swing, the unthinkable happens – Ruth drops the baby, injuring the little boy.

Or did she?

Ruth becomes convinced she didn’t cause the baby’s injuries, that they were inflicted before the party, that the Murphys are not the lovely family they appear to be.

Determined to discover what really happened to the child, Ruth digs for the truth. And won’t stop even when she’s shunned by her old friends, alienated from her fiancé, and sacked from her dream job.

But are her suspicions justified? Or is she in the grip of a deadly obsession that threatens to utterly destroy her perfect life?

The Party – the gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, K.L. Slater and Miranda Rijks.

“This will be a party to remember. For all the wrong reasons…”

In a split second, Ruth’s life goes from having it all to nothing when a Christmas Eve party with her closest friends and fiancé goes horribly wrong when while tipsy, she accidentally drops Holly’s baby. Dylan appears fine, but things go from bad to worse when it’s discovered that he has marks on his body that to Ruth, seem inconsistent with the fall. Did she cause these injuries? Or is there something more sinister at play involving Dylan’s parents?

Valters really put poor Ruth through the wringer in this tale. I felt so bad for her as each one of her so called friends, fiancé and even her own father turned against her. Set on proving that she had nothing to do with the ugly marks on Dylan’s body, turned into obsession and the more it progressed the more manic she became in search of the truth no matter the cost.

This book had my undivided attention right from the outset. It was like a train wreck where I was unable to look away and the pages just flew by in my haste to know how it was all going to play out. And boy did it play out in more ways than I thought it would! All round, The Party is a must read and I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thank you to Nora Valters, Inkubator Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Party, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Australia, US & UK. I will also add to, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available.


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Nora Valters grew up in the New Forest in the south of England and has lived in London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Oxford and Dubai.

She studied English Literature and Language at Oxford Brookes University before embarking on a career in marketing and copywriting.

Her debut psychological thriller Her Biggest Fan was published in October 2020. Her second novel, Now You Know, is coming out in June 2021. She’s currently writing her third, which will be out soon.

Nora loves to travel and has journeyed around the world. She enjoys exploring new places, painting, hiking, and is an avid reader. She’s also a bit obsessed with dogs…



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