February 02, 2020

#BookReview: The Leaving Party by Lesley Sanderson @Bookouture

Synopsis: Every year on the same day, on the anniversary, I receive a single black rose. Thirteen years of dark petals, jagged thorns, dredging up memories I’ve tried to forget… 

I’ve packed up my life. All my belongings are carefully sealed in labelled boxes, my suitcases ready for my big move. I’m just days away from a new life abroad with my boyfriend, Ben

No one knows the real reason I’m desperate to leave. 

My best friend, Lena, is throwing me a leaving party. A celebration, to say goodbye. Champagne to toast my farewell. Speeches, full of fond memories. 

No one knows what I’m running from. 

Then another black rose appears, dragging up thirteen years of buried memories. My passport goes missing. The very people I am trying to escape from turn up at our house. 

Someone knows what I did. 

This party was meant to be the first night of the rest of my life – but now I don’t know if I’ll see tomorrow. 

Someone knows my secret. They’re in my home, they're at my party, and they’re making me pay for it. 


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Lies, love, deceit, and friends all come together in this story.  The story was very well done. It was a fast paced story, told in alternating time lines and POVs. 

As for the characters I have to say that they weren't exactly unlikeable but you could tell something was up. Which made me really like this one more.  The story with the characters just kind of makes it work. I do wish that this would have had more of a wow factor towards the end but what I got was worth the read.  

Readers absolutely love Lesley Sanderson’s twisted thrillers:
‘WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Loved it… What a brilliant book… I found it very hard to put my Kindle down!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant… One of 2019’s best!... Keeps you in suspense until that last page!... A splendid thrill-ride!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW! Just loved this book, a definite page-turner… An excellent read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Completely gripping from page one.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Wow… A fascinating story that kept me flipping the pages late into the night.’ It’s All About the Thrill
‘Twisty, compelling and brilliant… An edge-of-your seat, twist-packed thriller with an added dash of poetic justice that had me hooked in from the very first page… captivating the reader throughout her gripping story. Well worth far more than five stars and highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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