Book Review – The Beach Party

   Author- Amy Sheppard

Genre-General Fiction(adult) |Mystery & Thriller|

Publication date- August30,2022

Publisher- Bookoutre

Source- Net Galley (EBook)


We were all at the party. Which of us wanted her dead?

As the smoke from the bonfire spirals into the night sky and the cool drinks slip down our throats, none of us can take our eyes off Lacey. She dances in the dunes, her long golden hair damp from her late-night swim, her smile dazzling, her blue eyes closed.

Everyone who is close to Lacey sits by the smoky fire. Her adoring boyfriend, who holds onto her, perhaps a little too tightly. Her little sister, always in Lacey’s shadow, sifting fine soft sand through her fingers, never taking her eyes off Lacey. And me. Sad and full of rage, after an argument forced the man I love to leave the party early.

When the fire burns out, we stumble away from the beach, along the cliff path – faces burned by the wind, hearts full of secrets. But Lacey never makes it home. The next morning, her body is found in the sand dunes, a heart-shaped locket missing from around her neck.

Who would have thought our beach party could end the way it did? Close friends gathered on the last night of a long hot summer – which one of us could have killed the girl everybody loved?

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with an ending you will NEVER see coming! Strap in for a twisty rollercoaster ride that will keep you turning pages all night long. Perfect for anyone who adored The Holiday, The Guest List or Gone Girl.

My Thoughts

A nineteen year old girl, Lacey, beautiful ,popular teenager ,no obvious enemies, no suspicious past to backstory is dead on the beach. The suspicion looms on her boyfriend, James, but ,he also killed himself after her girlfriend’s death. There is no one in the Pengully to investigate her reason of murder. The police closed the case after James’s death.

One day Sophie calls Katie and makes her ready to reopen the case for their popular podcast ‘A small Town’. And, here the story took a new turn with lots of twists.

Gradually ,Lacey’s friends came to reveal the secrets of Lacey , leading to the murder in the end.

I love the tension created by the author throughout the story as I was not able to identify who is the culprit here.

That’s all I want in my thriller stories.

Overall, it was a gripping read for the lovers of this genre.


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