Review: The Birthday Party by Wendy Dranfield

Kathy Hamilton drives away from her sister-in-law’s pristine-white suburban house in Maple Falls certain she’s left her daughter in safe hands. On the hottest day of the year, a birthday is the perfect excuse to gather friends, family and neighbors around the pool for a barbecue. But when she returns hours later to find her little girl has vanished, her world shatters

Nobody laughing and drinking in the garden that day saw anything unusual. Kathy’s eldest daughter is anxious and hardly eating. Is she sick with worry for her sister, or hiding a terrible secret?

The phone rings and rings, but why can’t Kathy get hold of the babysitter?

And is she imagining it, or when her husband rushed from work to join the search, was he wearing a different shirt to the one she saw him leave the house in that morning?

As the temperature rises, and long-buried secrets begin to surface, it’s clear that even the most perfect families keep devastating secrets. But in a town as small as this, is there anyone you can trust?


Happy New Year!

I am back after a one-month unplanned hiatus with the review of the latest book by Wendy Dranfield. I first experienced Wendy’s writing through the Detective Madison Harper series. I love the series and couldn’t resist this standalone despite the fact that I am on a break from missing children mysteries.

Kathy dropped off her daughter, Charlie, at a birthday party held at her in-laws. When Charlie failed to go back home, alarm bells went off and it soon become apparent that something had gone terribly wrong. An investigation was immediately launched to find her and that is when it was discovered that her babysitter, who was supposed to pick her from the party, was also missing.

This was such a captivating, twisty read. I enjoyed the fact that everyone had a secret. This provided a large pool of suspects and I couldn’t guess what had happened to Charlie and who was responsible. Investigators had little evidence to go on and the secrets that keep being revealed had everyone on their toes.

As always, Wendy Dranfield has delivered yet another fast-paced, intriguing, enthralling belter of a psychological thriller. The story did get emotional. Afterall, there was a missing child. Nonetheless, I was at the edge of my seat with each chapter.

5 thoughts on “Review: The Birthday Party by Wendy Dranfield

    1. It was a bit of a crazy time. My little one got admitted in hospital in early Dec, came home to the whole family getting COVID so we spent most of our holiday in isolation and my daughter struggled the most with COVID but we are all now okay. Sorry for the long reply. I hope you enjoyed the holidays ❤

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