Lesley Sanderson: The Leaving Party


Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of The Leaving Party as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bookouture for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


Every year on the same day, on the anniversary, I receive a single black rose. Thirteen years of dark petals, jagged thorns, dredging up memories I’ve tried to forget…

I’ve packed up my life. All my belongings are carefully sealed in labelled boxes, my suitcases ready for my big move. I’m just days away from a new life abroad with my boyfriend, Ben.

No one knows the real reason I’m desperate to leave.

My best friend, Lena, is throwing me a leaving party. A celebration, to say goodbye. Champagne to toast my farewell. Speeches, full of fond memories.

No one knows what I’m running from.

Then another black rose appears, dragging up thirteen years of buried memories. My passport goes missing. The very people I am trying to escape from turn up to our house.

Someone knows what I did.

This party was meant to be the first night of the rest of my life – but now I don’t know if I’ll see tomorrow.

Someone knows my secret. They’re in my home, at my party, and they’re making me pay for it.

Psychological thrillers don’t get more addictive or gasp-worthy than this! Fans of K.L. Slater, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us will love this unputdownable page-turner.


The Leaving Party is my first experience of Sanderson’s writing and I was not disappointed. I loved the way Sanderson introduced me to some flawed but fascinating characters and drew me into their stories. They all have secrets and the small hints as to what they were were expertly placed as the novel progressed so that the tension was able to simmer until the explosive ending.

The time frame of The Leaving Party switches between 2005 and the present day. This allows Sanderson to reveal the events of the past to the reader gradually. I was hooked by this and I desperately wanted to know what had created the unusual dynamic between Ava and Lena.

Although I did guess part of the ending, there are still some gripping twists which kept me interested until the final page.

The Leaving Party is available from Amazon.

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