Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Book Review - Dinner Party by Tracy Bloom - Blog Tour

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Title: Dinner Party
Author: Tracy Bloom
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 26th September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Never has an unexpected guest caused such chaos!

Three couples take it in turns to host a monthly dinner party.

Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends forever. Now they are grown up, with busy lives, busy husbands, busy kids… but they still find time to meet up over dinner once a month. A cosy, comfortable gathering of happy couples - or so they thought.

Until one night, someone brings along a last-minute guest whose wife has just left him.

Simon is standing on the doorstep in floods of tears. While the women do their best to console him, their husbands feel the need to mark their territory.

And as Simon becomes more involved with the group, his presence changes everything these three couples thought they knew about each other, leading to a final dinner party that no-one will ever forget.

From Amazon chart bestseller Tracy Bloom, Dinner Party is a funny and moving read that will make you see your marriage and friendships in a whole new light… and make you think twice about inviting your best mates round for dinner. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Nick Spalding and Gill Sims.

This is Tracy Bloom at her best - funny, real people, fabulous situations and a hook that kept me intrigued until the end. 

Who would have predicted that introducing one stranger as an act of kindness into an established group of friends, would have such far reaching consequences. 

The three couples  are friends due to the women Beth, Sarah and Marie who have known each other since school. The husbands, Chris, Tony and Duncan tolerate each other for the sake of the women.  When Chris announces last minute that he has invited Simon to one of their regular dinner parties, its sets off a chain reaction of events that had me gripped. 

Each chapter focuses on a different character, but at the end of each chapter there are what appears to be an ongoing interview between a journalist and members of the group - and it was those that had me intrigued first. I had to know why there was a journalist and from the hints in the answers to the questions, just what happened, as its clear something large occurred at one party but that is all I am saying on the matter. 

All six of the main characters are so completely different, and with the exception of Tony, I tended to like or at least sympathise with all the others.   I loved their various quirks from Tony's insistence on perfection and snobbery, to Chriss love of dips - I've never read a book featuring dips so heavily before - nor a group of people who appear to be addicted to them as the perfect opening to a dinner party  

Then there is Marie's health and fitness obsession, Beth who really needs to believe in herself more, Dunan who has a great way of training new staff where he works, and Sarah who seems stuck in a rut.  Each so different but their dinner parties in the past apparently have worked. 

There are many laugh out loud moments and all the characters are just to realistic. The odds are you have met one or two of them yourself.  For this is what Tracy Bloom does best, adds hilarity into situations involving just regular, believable people. 

I loved every second of this fabulous book, its just a shame I had to reach the end.  If you are looking for something fun, light hearted and purely entertaining then read Dinner Party! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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