Dinner Party by Tracy Bloom
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.
Beth, Sarah, and Marie and their husbands meet each month for a dinner party at one of their homes. They are all very different. but have been friends forever and accept each other’s different little ways. Then out of the blue Chris invites a new person to a dinner party, newly single friend Simon, and everything is sent into disarray!
The chapters are split into characters, then at the end of each one is a short interview with a journalist. The reason for this doesn’t become clear until much further into the book (and I am not going to stop you from guessing!)
I must admit I had trouble remembering who was married to who, and a fair bit of back pedalling was needed until I had them all neatly arranged in my pickled brain. The reason for this was that although they were all acquainted through friendship or marriage, they didn’t necessarily seem to like each other!
There was much talk in the novel about dips, Chris in particular, loved a dip. I do too but although they are delicious I’m not really that bothered as long as it makes a carrot stick more appetising!
I found the humour a little dark. It wasn’t ‘laugh out loud until your sides ached’ sort of funny but in true Tracy Bloom style it was beautifully written with relatable but equally quirky characters and a mouthwatering recipe for spinach and artichoke dip right at the end (which was a nice touch!)
Thank you to the Author, Bookouture, and NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Here is my review of another Tracy Bloom novel, No- one Ever Has Sex On Christmas Day
About The Author
Tracy started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties and people who didn’t understand her Derbyshire accent, she wrote her romantic comedy, NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY. This debut novel went on to be successfully published internationally and became a #1 Best Seller.