Three school friends, Beth, Sarah and Marie meet once a month with their husbands for a dinner party; one January Beth’s husband Chris invites his new(ish) friend Simon, who’s been having a bit of a rubbish time of late. The addition of an extra person throws their usual routine into disarray and over the following four months friendships, marriages and morals and all called into questioning.
The characters made this, the book switches perspective throughout which really plays on your preconceptions of each of them. I found all of them to be believable and mostly relatable with their own little quirks, personal highlights included Chris’ dip obsession!
The format is much like other books I’ve read by the author, short chapters which make this perfect for holidays or catching the sporadic 5mins reading peace; however I did unintentionally read this in a day, albeit a day where I spent about 5 hours in the passenger seat of a car but I really didn’t want to put it down. A little different are the interview questions at the end of some chapters, the idea being Beth had won a competition to have her dinner party catered for by a professional chef so the members are the group have been contacted for background information, these make for great teasers for what might be coming as the questions are out of context so really make you start guessing.
My favourite book by Tracy Bloom so far, I ended up giving this five stars, it made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions and brightened a rather long car journey Dinner Party is scheduled to be released tomorrow and can currently be picked up on Kindle for a bargain £1.99. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.