Hope you’re all having a good week so far. I was on a bit of a run having posted 3 days in a row so I thought it only fair that I give people a break and take a days break. I’m enjoying reading far too much at the moment though, so a day is all you’re getting.
Thank you to @onemorechapterhc for this advanced copy of After the Party by @glees_author in return for an honest review. After the Party was published on 12th August 2022 and you can get a copy here.
Lizzie has been in love with her colleague Dean for years. The only problem is, he doesn’t know and hasn’t given her a second look in a romantic capacity. When Lizzie gets a job offer in London that means she can finally pursue her passion for art, she is seriously contemplating giving up on her love for Dean and moving away.
Until the night of their work Christmas party. Dean admits his love to Lizzie; and it’s not for her. It’s for her work friend Rebecca. A few days after the party, Lizzie is questioned by the police. Rebecca is missing.
General Thoughts 🤔
This was quite an easy to read psychological thriller as it wasn’t overly complex and therefore easy to follow. It was enjoyable, but it could have been a bit more. I feel like the author played it safe and scaled back on the thrilling aspects. The story had the potential to be great and I liked this author’s writing so it could have been superb, but I think the plot somewhat let the book down.
I had doubts about all of the characters in this book because I didn’t like any of them. I’m not saying this as a criticism of the book, I think it can be good when you feel strongly about a character, positively or otherwise.
Lizzie was far too obsessed with Dean. She was like a teenager moping after her school crush and I was begging for someone to give her a shake and tell her to snap out of it.
Dean was simply not a very nice person in my opinion. Considering his girlfriend who he was apparently in love with was missing, he didn’t seem to be too concerned about her whereabouts.
Writing Style ✍️
This is the first Georgina Lees book that I have read and I did really enjoy her writing style. In fact
I think it was the strongest aspect of this book. I don’t think that the plot lived up to her writing ability.
As much as I didn’t particularly like the main character Lizzie, I think that she was written well and her gloomy vibe definitely rubbed off on me as a reader. I felt her emotions and I did get absorbed into what was going on in her head.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I liked the setting of this book and it was an easy story to follow but it did feel like it was missing something and I would have liked some more shocking twists and a different ending. That said, I enjoyed this authors voice and I would like to read more of her work.
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