The Party at No. 12 by Kerry Wilkinson

Published: March 11, 2022


Pages: 349

Genre: Psychological Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Kerry Wilkinson is originally from the county of Somerset; Kerry spent way too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel.’ When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike, hikes up something, or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

In a grand townhouse rented specially for the evening, Hannah beams at her guests under the sparkling chandelier. Her sisters, her mother and aunt, her best friends… although she’ll miss them all so much when she moves away, tonight is about celebrating the happy times and raising a toast to the future.

But the next morning, one of the guests is found cold and lifeless in their pristine white bed.

Hannah is desperate to call the police. After all, it musthave been an accident. Perhaps too much wine, on a night where emotions were running high. But it soon becomes clear that every single person at the party has something to hide.

A mother who’ll do anything for her daughters.
Best friends with dark secrets between them.
A sister with a jealous streak.

“What do we do?”

Hannah has a going-away gathering to celebrate her preparing to travel for a while. She didn’t necessarily want a party, but her mom and sisters talked her into it. It would be intimate, just her mom, sisters, aunt, and best friend. Best friends. When the night takes an unexpected turn, the morning after is downright shocking.

I enjoyed how this story was told. The alternating perspectives were well done. The characters were well developed, and the anxiety was well played.

I loved how there were so many little details that seemed irrelevant that ended up being very relevant. It made the plot move along nicely.

The characters were a complicated bunch: past secrets, drama, and a lot of emotion. Truthfully, majority of the characters were not likable. Either personality traits, or through choices they made, but they were so fully curated and presented realistically.

The big twist came out of nowhere and kicks you right in the gut. As soon as the pieces fall into place, you’re left gaping at a tragedy, no matter how you look at it.

This novel will definitely make you think twice before having a get together with your friends.

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