The New Year’s Eve Party

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Pub Date 17 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 17 Dec 2021


Resolutions are made
Marriages are broken…

A gripping domestic thriller set in The Cotswolds and perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Adele Parks!

It started with the party…

Frankie, Verity and Alice live in the idyllic Cotswolds community of White Fir Lake, but behind closed doors everyone has a secret they’re desperately trying to keep…

And ended with a bang!

Now, as midnight on New Year’s Eve approaches, the three women will face the consequences of a long-ago holiday, one which changed their lives forever … and threatens to shatter their perfect worlds into perfect pieces.

Readers can’t get enough of The New Year’s Eve Party:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I absolutely couldn’t wait to finish it and I was amazed by the ending. One of the best thrillers I’ve read all year’ Lyn

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A wholly engaging and entertaining one sit read’ Ruth

Resolutions are made
Marriages are broken…

A gripping domestic thriller set in The Cotswolds...

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Verity and her husband Max’s inability to conceive the child they long for is tearing their marriage apart, and slowly driving the fragile Verity over the edge.
Mum of three Frankie is desperate to keep her friendship with Verity and is determined to do whatever it takes to stop her from moving away…Newcomer Alice presents the image of a strong single mum but behind the scenes she is barely scraping by. But revealing the secret she’s been keeping is the key to changing her fortunes … and take down those who hurt her once and for all.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK One More Chapter for giving me an advance copy.

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Secrets Abound….
Secrets abound in this edgy suspense set in an exclusive community in The Cotswolds where, forever friends, Frankie, Verity, Max and Red have sumptuous homes. Not is all quite as it seems, however, and newcomer Alice seems particularly disgruntled about their apparent wealth. As the reader is led up to events approaching the spectacular New Year’s Eve party the truth may out and the past may well come back to bite certain people when they least expect it. A wholly engaging and entertaining one sit read with a credible, well crafted cast.

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I love this will told thriller about obsession within a neighborhood. I absolutely couldn’t wait to finish it and I was amazed by the ending. One of the best thrillers I’ve read all year.

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This is a fresh and interesting thriller by Hannah Emery.
The characters are interesting and the plot engaging. The ending was well developed and unexpected.
I’d recommend this book and will definitely read more by this author in future.

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Two friends Frankie and Verity always celebrate New Year together with their husbands. They now live opposite each other and have all known each other since college. The story is set in an idyllic part of the Cotswolds. Frankie has 3 lovely little children but Verity wants to get pregnant but it hasn’t happened yet for her. Their husbands are successful in their own fields as a famous painter for verity and an architect for Frankie. After a car accident Alice gets invited as well and this affects the dynamics of the group. They all have secrets from each other but Alice has the most divisive secret of all. What starts off as a fun read rapidly becomes a domestic thriller. Well written and beautifully paced with the secrets Emery lets us know from each of the characters at just the right time in the evening and finally after New Year’s frightening conclusion when we see children injured and one husband dead this is an excellently written story. Emery lets us know their secrets at the times as we need to know. You may see Alice as the interloper who spoils everything and causes the accidents but she had a good reason to do it. Now it is up to you to make your mind up as the secrets they all shared shatters their lives forever. Who would you blame if anyone or was it just an accident waiting to happen all the time.

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This is one of those great books where you have no idea where it's heading until you are in the thick of it! Best friends, Frankie and Verity live across the lake from each other with their husbands, Red and Max. Frankie has three children and Verity is hoping for some. All seems fine until Alice and her daughter, Luna move into the village and try to befriend the two women. It all comes to a crashing halt at Verity's New Year's Eve party when...well, you won't believe it until you've read it! Well-drawn characters, twisty plot, and many surprises at the end! I read way into the night past my bedtime to find out what happened. Read at your own risk...but definitely read!

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“Because you never tell anyone everything there is to tell, did you?”

Verity, Frankie and Alice certainly don’t. And the secrets they are hiding will forever damage their friendships and families at the New Year’s Eve party Verity is planning. Frankie envies Verity’s wealth (and her husband Max), Verity envies Frankie’s three adorable children and Alice envies…well, everything.

You know from the prologue that the party will not end well. Events leading to that night are described by the three women with very different perspectives. Tension builds as layers of secrets are slowly peeled away until an explosive, tragic conclusion changes their lives permanently.

The New Year’s Eve Party is well written and carefully plotted. While you may not like all the characters, you will certainly want to know more about them. 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and Hannah Emery for this ARC.

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"How have I gotten lucky with SO MANY FANTASTIC BOOKS??!! The New Year's Eve Party is another great one! Five stars!! Pre-order now and read it before you attend any New Year's Eve Parties"
-Books and Pens on Green Gables

About The New Year's Eve Party by Hannah Emery

Frankie and Red, Max and Verity. Friends for years. Since they were kids hanging out at the beach on vacations.

Max was actually Verity's father's friend, but the two fell in love when Verity was a teenager, despite the age difference and people talking. Everyone loves Max, he's an artist and rather famous, especially in the town where they live. They're the town's celebrities, the people everyone want to know about, Instagram famous, known for lavish parties, and the best life has to offer. But, there is something Verity wants that she can't seem to have.

Frankie and Red. A busy but happy marriage, three kids, and have just "made it" to living on the lake, the exclusive area of town. Red works hard, maybe too hard some days. And Frankie feels her life is a whirlwind of pick-ups and drop-offs, and wiping faces, laundry, cooking, and schedules. But, she always has time for her long-time best friend, Verity. Frankie and Red can see Verity and Max's house across the lake and through the trees. But, in one day, the view changes.

When a new person, Alice, enters their world, everything becomes different. Her daughter, Luna, starts working at the art studio and Verity is quite taken with her. Alice wants to a part of Frankie and Verity's world.

The New Year's Eve Party is THE event of the year. Being invited to it is a big deal. Alice is thrilled to have an invitation, but is she excited just because it's the party of the year? Or is there another reason she wants to be there?

The night of the party, everyone is dressed in their finest, hair done, food, champagne, fireworks. The expectations are higher every year. But, Verity isn't herself. Something keeps happening. Is something wrong with her? How are so many odd things happening to her? And, is Max hiding something from her? Who else is hiding something? This year, The New Year's Eve Party will reveal more than just resolutions.
Great book! Give your Kindle a treat and pre-order it!

Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollinsUK, and OneMoreChapter books for sending me this early release of The New Year's Eve Party by Hannah Emery!

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This book has a strong 'Real Housewives' feel about it, with main characters Verity and Frankie living very privileged adult lives despite having both gone through tragedies earlier on. They've been the closest of friends since their schooldays but the reader is soon made aware that each woman has something the other would dearly love to have. But surely that wouldn't be enough for one of them to act in a way which would result in the death of a loved one would it? Questions are asked straightaway when the opening scene of the book is of Frankie's husband Red is found dead at Verity's legendary New Year's Eve Party and the children are rescued from the lake but what are the facts behind the horror that night?
The story moves back and forth in time throughout the book in order for us to understand the dynamics of Frankie and Verity's friendship and the relationships with husbands Max and Red. The information the reader needs is drip-fed along the way so I found it impossible to second guess certain parts of the story whereas other parts are fairly obvious I felt. The time frames are easy to follow though and at no point did I get confused as to where or when things were happening.
The interesting cog in the wheel is Alice, the new resident in the area who literally crashes into the women's lives when she loses control of her car and hits Frankie's boundary wall. The two women welcome her in and soon Alice and daughter Luna are invited to The Party to be seen at, much to Alice's delight. Why is she so keen to establish a friendship though? Secrets soon start creaking their way out of closets and suspicions form among the group, culminating in the tragic events outlined at the beginning. The author weaves the story very cleverly and leads things full circle via the highs and lows of the three women's life experiences.
I absolutely love this book and will be thrusting it into the hands of my friends and relatives who enjoy to lose themselves in a gripping tale. Thank you so much for the opportunity to review this novel ahead of publication which I rate as one of my favourite Netgalley titles of recent months

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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it – I had to see how it would end. The characters were well rounded and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills. Solid five

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This is a great read, it is susoenseful, unpredictable and full of mystery all within a great setting. It was completely gripping and I couldnt put it down. I loved it.

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Frankie is married to Red and is a stay at home mum. Verity is married to Max. An older man and renowned artist. Alice lives with her daughter and is a newcomer in the Cotswolds community of White Fir Lake, All three women have their secrets.
The story leads up to events on New Years Eve. Someone will end up dead and lives will never be the same again. How are the main players connected and will life ever be the same.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to see an arc

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