The Night of the Party by Anna-Lou Weatherley / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @annaloulondon


Detective Dan Riley #4

Two Couples. Three Secrets. One Murder.In a beautiful house surrounded by woodland, the Drayton family and their dearest friends are enjoying dinner together. The wine is flowing, the meal has been lovingly prepared, and it’s going to be an evening none of them will ever forget…A doting motherwith a manipulative daughter.A loving husbandlying to his family.A close friendkeeping a shocking secret.A beautiful girlwho will be dead by the end of the night.




Maybe, as a parent, you are biased. Isn’t your child, the cutest, the best, the loveliest creature in the whole wide world? Of course, they are. Sometimes there is more to it than they eye can see. But if is good or is it bad?

The author really highlights how manipulative and deceptive people can be. Is it nature’s fault or is a tragic event from the past the trigger?

I was totally absorbed from the beginning. My brain was doing overtime. I was suspecting some people, but I was not convinced for 100%. It was a bit too obvious perhaps. So back to the drawing board and trying to put 1 and 1 together. Was my result 3 as it usually is or did I come up with 2 this time? Well,… my grey matter did function very well this time. Shocking 😉

This is a great story that I enjoyed very, very much. Secrets are coming out left, right and centre. My jaw did not seem to leave the floor for a very long time. 😊

Dan is a wonderful detective. I think he is one of the gentlest ones I know.

It’s truly terrible how one act can cause this string of events. 5 stars

Thank you, Anna-Lou Weatherley and Bookouture


About the author

I was born in Hampshire but grew up in London where I still live today with my two children. I was originally a dancer who re-trained after a ‘disco accident’ in Ibiza to become a journalist – I’ve even won some awards, though I don’t like to talk about them – ha! I’ve been a women’s lifestyle writer for over fifteen years and am the former editor and acting editor of the fabulous J-17 magazine and Smash Hits respectively and have written for all the major glossies including Grazia, Company, Marie Claire and More, where I was their resident tell-it-like-it-is advice columnist – loads of fun! I’ve also written for NME, Loaded and Front magazine (I can be down with the lads too!).During my journalistic career I’ve seen and done some amazing stuff, highlights include becoming a nun (for a day), rally racing with the late, great Colin McRae, bunjee jumping off a 350 ft bridge in designer heels, whiskey tasting for a week in Kentucky (don’t remember much of that) and hanging out with all manor of A-list celebrities (er, Take That and Jordan, anyone?).After I had my son I started to write novels (having children does strange things to a person) and had my first young adult novel, Ibiza Summer, published in 2004. My first adult novel (it is a little racy) Chelsea Wives was published in 2012, followed by Wicked Wives in 2013.When I’m not writing, which isn’t often, I like to hang upside down on a pole – I’m a qualified pole fitness instructor, and drink fancy wine (though not necessarily at the same time, that woud be dangerous). I adore creating exciting, three dimensional, glamorous and flawed characters against a backdrop of exotic locations. Revenge, sex, sin, glamour, excess, crime and intrigue is my speciality. My next novel, title to come, promises all the above and more!


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