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  • The Night of the Party

  • Detective Dan Riley, Book 5
  • By: Anna-Lou Weatherley
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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The Night of the Party

By: Anna-Lou Weatherley
Narrated by: James Lailey
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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 mother

with a manipulative daughter.

A loving husband

lying to his family.

A close friend

keeping a shocking secret.

A beautiful girl

who will be dead by the end of the night.

A totally thrilling and nail-bitingly tense psychological story with an explosive double twist that will leave you reeling. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and The Hunting Party will be hooked on The Night of the Party.

©2022 Anna-Lou Weatherley (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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Interesting storyline

Unfortunately it was a little obvious after a while who the murderer would be and why other characters acted the way they did. Not her best ....

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Gripping.

Really enjoyed this book. Didn’t want to stop listening. So many twists, I liked how it unraveled.

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Inspector Dan Rielly

I really enjoy these books with Inspector Dan Reilly, lots of twists and turns definitely didn’t want to stop listening till the end.

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Great book

Fantastic story. Although I picked the result fairly early, it was a great book. If you love a murder mystery, this one has everything.

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another Beauty... as we aussies say!

great story, lots of twists and turns. Kept me guessing! Looking forward to the next installment in Detective Dan's career!

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great plot twist, had me guessing the whole way through

I really enjoyed this book. especially after his previous one which was quit predicable.
this had me on my seat the entire time

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The night of the party

Great sorry. Love following Dan

Ana writes brilliant stories. Great characters. Can not wait for the next book

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Best book in the series so far!!

This book had so many twists and turns it’s fantastic! Having read the earlier books in the series, I’m starting to predict story patterns but I didn’t guess the killer until a few chapters before it was revealed and even then was second guessing myself with the confession! Such a good story! Can’t wait for the new release next year! I’m off to binge the next one now

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Another great mystery!

This was another mystery full of intrigue. Loved the storyline. Anna-Lou Weatherly never disappoints. Narrator, James Lailey has done a great job with this story.

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Love

Absolutely love the Dan riley series - can wait for the next one and the narration top notch

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  • Jennifer O'Connell
  • 13-06-2023

Why?

I never leave reviews either good or bad, but felt I had to here.
This book started with promise, interesting premise. Then you get into the whodunnit, so far so good. Likable detective, good banter. ***Don’t read further for spoilers***
Victim becomes villain, we’ve seen this before, so ok. But as story unravels, nobody is spared. At end, every single character, and I mean every, has been completely destroyed. There is no redemption or sliver of hope for any of them.
Especially the last plot twist left me wondering, what was the point of this book unless it was to make the reader feel bad? There was no message (and the one tagged in at the end had no relation to the story, so nice try but didn’t work- that the older generation died to make way for the future, but the story was about a young girl dying and the effect on the survivors!?!?
At the end, it seemed like AI concocted this story based on like books, it grabbed disparate plot lines, threw them together in a blender, added a moral to the story that had no relation and called it a book.
Would never recommend and would never read this author again. Just an awful depressing read. I’m sorry to be so harsh.

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  • Shannon Trezos
  • 10-12-2022

Keep them coming!

I love the Dan Riley series! The first 3 were included with audible plus and I was hooked so I purchased the next two. I can’t wait for book 6.

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  • Katy S
  • 10-12-2022

I really liked this series!

I listened to all five straight in a row and they were all awesome!
Each book had its own set of twists, and a suspicious set of characters.

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  • angelaS
  • 31-08-2023

Best one yet

Every book has been a roller coaster ride. With every chapter new suspects come and just when you figure it out it goes in a completely different direction. The ending of this one is so mind blowing.

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  • April M Fetzer
  • 01-07-2023

Loved this plot

If you love psychothrillers like I do, you will love this book. As always, the male narrator voice annoys me for the first half hour or so, but then you get used to it. Overall, the plot is awesome. Imperfect people, their stories unravel. Kept me glued to what will happen next. I did figure out "who done it" about 3/4 through, but the story still kept me engaged, and there is one more twist at the end. Highly recommend.

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  • Isabella Piestrzynska
  • 21-06-2023

Fabulous series

I love the twists and reveals and how the character of Riley grows in maturity and understanding from book to book.

But why the astonishing and jarring pronoun mistakes? Where, in the end, was the copy editor? Book after book. It’s not “for
her and I” or “with her and I.” For me, so for her and me. I propose reviewing the rule for prepositions!!!

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  • Megan
  • 05-12-2022

lovvvvveee

I'm so in love with this series! The listening 🎧 times are usually around 11rs, but it feels like 2, in the best possible way! it's just so good I get lost in time. thank you thank you 🙏 😁💞

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  • Katherine S.
  • 03-09-2023

MORE DET RILEY!

The only thing that makes me struggle to finish is when I'm exhausted and just can't stay awake anymore.
I absolutely love this whole series and can't WAIT for the next book to.be released! Every one of her books is better than the next, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every single title!

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  • Andrea Whitten
  • 29-08-2023

Love these books

Very entertaining books. Love the narrator. I will keep reading about Dans investigations. That is all.

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  • Carolyn
  • 27-08-2023

Always a treat

This series is always fun to read and is well narrated. The characters are interesting as is the story line.

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  • Lizzie
  • 04-12-2022

Brilliant as always!

another brilliant book, the only thing I would have changed is to have more of Dan in the book. This one focussed more on the characters in the investigation than normal I think.

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  • J.Sugiero
  • 05-12-2022

Excellent

Totally gripping, hard to put down. Narrator very good. Thoughly recommend. Great Author. Onto the next .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2022

Great listen

As with all her books, yet another great listen keeping you in suspense. Really enjoyed the story.

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  • CoffeeGirl
  • 05-12-2022

Another great book in series

Please tell me there’s more books to follow x
Loved this series x
Highly recommend

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  • Josey Horrell
  • 22-01-2023

Best one yet

I have just listened to all 5 in a row (in 5 weeks!!) and have really lost myself. 5 brilliant thrillers but I really think the best was saved till last. Loved the twists and turns in this one. I guessed ‘who’d done it’ about halfway through but there were still lots of surprises.

I also have to say James Lailey’s narration is truly amazing. In my review of the first book I said that I would have preferred a female narrator for the female parts however I take that all back. James can do pretty much any accent!! I will miss James’s voice as company!!

Anna-Lou -you are an amazing writer. Thank you for getting me through January. I love your characters - more please!!

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  • Gerard
  • 04-12-2022

Drivel from start to finish … hostile, a jumble of stereotypes…. None of them good

What a load of old rubbish. I see Ian Rankin (in the blurb) liked it … well I didn’t, not one bit. Saw the end coming a mile off. Couldn’t wait for it to be over. No more of this kind of thing please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2023

Great

I couldn’t stop listening to this! It was really good! People are so focused on being critics that they can’t just enjoy a good story. It had me hooked

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2023

Brilliant Story and Excellent Narration

I have read all of Anna-Lou Weatherley’s books and this is the best! James Lailey’s narration completes a perfect listen!

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  • Sylvia
  • 10-07-2023

Enjoyable!

Good narration. I’ve been struggling to find a narrator on Audible that doesn’t grate on my nerves so this was a big plus. I’ll definitely check out her other books.

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  • Rosa O.
  • 06-07-2023

Excellent

I have now read all of the series and can’t wait for the next,
The author I found on my free books and thank goodness I found her.
Narration is perfect for the stories, I think the last was the best. Please write more.

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