The Engagement Party provides a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out all the pieces.


The Description

Publication Date: December 5, 2023

And Then There Were None meets I Know What You Did Last Summer in #1 international bestseller Darby Kane’s latest gripping and twisty thriller set on a private island in Maine where secrets piled upon secrets and lies upon lies are all revealed in one fateful weekend.

Emily Hunt went missing from her affluent liberal arts school on graduation weekend. Her body was found floating in a river, and a quiet loner who most people on campus really didn’t know died by suicide. A tenuous link—one text—bound the two dead students together and was enough for law enforcement to close the case. But they got it wrong and now someone is determined to set it right.

Twelve years later, college friends gather to celebrate an engagement over a long overdue getaway on a swanky private island in Maine—with only one way in and one way out. Sierra Prescott, invited as a guest and unconnected to past events, is the only person who soon senses not all is what it seems.

The tension in the air is ignited when they find a dead man in the trunk of a car with a note: time to tell the truth. And things only get worse. As a torrential storm strands them together, the group’s buried stories begin to surface and secrets are bartered. To survive this deadly party, they’ll need to stop a killer before they become prey.

The Review

An invitation from an old friend planning to get married brings long-dead memories back to life.

After 12 years apart, a supposedly unbreakable group of college friends are set to reunite. Author Darby Kane serves up a thriller packed with excitement in The Engagement Party.

Three couples gather at the island getaway, including hosts Will and Ruthie. Will, Mitch, Cassie, and Alex had been inseparable until a fateful spring day. The party, which includes Sierra, Mitch’s plus one, and an outsider, is supposed to be a time for them to reminisce about the good times.

However, someone is determined to find out more about the tragedy involving the group—the murder of Emily Hunt. What ensues is a terrifying set of events that include the group being hunted on the island.

The intensity level is off the charts, with the storyline moving at a quick pace. While the main story focuses on the events of the present, there are chapters interspersed, dropping clues about Emily and her disappearance. The conclusion delivers plenty of surprises.

The Engagement Party provides a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out all the pieces.

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About The AuthorDarby Kane is a former trial attorney and #1 international bestseller of domestic suspense. Her debut book, PRETTY LITTLE WIFE, was featured in numerous venues, including Compopolitan, The Washington Post, The Toronto Star, Popsugar, Refinery29, Goodreads, The Skimm, and Huffington Post. A native of Pennsylvania, Darby now lives in California and runs from the cold. When she’s not writing suspense, she can be found watching suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Engagement Party provides a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out all the pieces.5-STAR REVIEW: THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY by Darby Kane