FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE AMERICAN GIRL - AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY ABOUT FOUR FRIENDS AND ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES...
'A cracking page-turner in the best tradition of Maeve Binchy' Patricia Scanlan
'Beautiful, compelling, and sincere in the way of the very best stories and the best books' Irish Independent From the Number One bestselling author of The American Girl comes a story of friendship, a small town, and a big secret ...
January 1982: In the rural village of Kilmitten, the Crossan family is holding its annual party during the biggest snowstorm Ireland has seen in decades. By the end of the night, the parish priest has been found dead, in suspicious circumstances.
For Tom, Conor, Tess and Nina, four teenage friends who were there, life will never be the same. One of them carries a secret and, as the years pass and their lives diverge, a bond that won't be broken silently holds.
As the thirty-fifth anniversary of the priest's death approaches, Conor, now a senior police officer, has reason to believe that Tom - a prominent politician - can help identify the killer. As his dilemma draws the four friends back together, all are forced to question their lives and to confront their differences.
The Night of the Party is a page-turning novel that combines warmth, drama and an unforgettable twist.
I read Rachael English's new novel greedily, unable to put it down ... beautiful, compelling, and sincere in the way of the very best stories and the best books - Irish Independent
Rachael English paints a vivid picture of a changing Ireland this page-turning tale - Irish Times
Rachael English somehow finds the time to pen the kind of page-turning novels that made Maeve Binchy a household name ... The Night of the Party is a coming of age novel that will be instantly recognisable to anyone who grew up in 1980s or 1990s Ireland, making it great fun and ideal fodder for the beach - Sunday Business Post
Brilliantly engaging ... this beautifully written tale kept me engrossed from start to finish - Novel Delights
Charming, captivating, heartwarming - Swirl and Thread
Sharp, insightful and intelligent ... [English's] many talents as an observer and writer make The Night of the Party a great read - RTE Culture
Rachael English is a presenter on Ireland's most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than 20 years as a journalist she has covered a huge range of national and international stories for RTE Radio's leading current affairs programmes. Her debut novel, Going Back, was nomnated in the SUNDAY INDEPENDENT Newcomer of the Year category in the IRISH BOOK AWARDS.