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Summary

The brand-new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times best-selling author.  

A beautiful French chateau.

Jo Lawless is still grieving her husband when his oldest friends invite her to a weekend house party in France. She’s always felt like an outsider in the group, but she decides to go, hoping their shared loss will bring them closer together.

An unexpected guest.

But the weekend is disrupted by the arrival of an unexpected guest, whose presence brings old tensions to the surface. Long-buried secrets begin to emerge, and it’s clear that at least one person is bent on revenge....

A night that will end in murder.

The cold light of morning reveals a horrifying discovery. And the killer isn’t finished. A storm is coming, and no one at this party is safe....

©2022 Stephanie Merritt (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A clever, twisty and deliciously dark thriller set in the entitled and dangerously alluring world of the one per cent. Storm is a whirlwind of a tale showing how easily and devastatingly one person's life can tear through another's, and the lengths some will go to in order to avoid the consequences of their actions. I read it in one sitting." (Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life)

"[Storm] is about fascinatingly awful rich people getting their comeuppance at the hands of a young woman called Storm, a great character. Full of twists, turns and moving, realistic reveals." (Marian Keyes, author of Again, Rachel)

"An absolute corker. I read it in two days straight because I couldn’t put it down." (Jane Fallon, author of Worst Idea Ever)

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Revenge.Slow Paced

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Uhhmmm. The story came in a slow pace, and the story is not as original that I felt like I heard it somewhere already. Like a plot that rich people don’t like other outsiders and the other side wanted to revenge for their friend. That’s my observation.
However , the words that the author used in this book was up to par. Stephanie did not use repeated words. So a deserving 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ me.



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Sophisticated writing with punch and twists



Max, Leo, Arlo and Oliver had formed their close friendship at university and now two decades on what remains of the group and their wives have gathered to celebrate Arlo and Cressida’s 21st wedding anniversary. Since they have all done exceptionally well and are obscenely powerful and wealthy, (Arlo is a tech billionaire), the extravagantly perfect weekend party orchestrated by Cressida is being held in a French château.

Tensions are clear from the start: Max, in recovery from divorce, is bringing his half-his-age new girlfriend, but is delayed; Jo is still reeling from her husband Oliver’s suicide and is feeling raw and uncomfortable; expensively educated Lucas, Arlo and Cressida’s teenage son, is troubled and rudely uncooperative; and apparently without good reason, Cressida simmering with hostility against Becca the nanny brought along to keep the children at bay. Into this emotional maelstrom comes unannounced Max’s very young Irish girl friend , Storm, vehemently resented and suspected on sight by Cressida for her youth, provocatively clothed body and her air of knowing confidence. Why does she know so much about them all and why does she make a ‘friend’ of vulnerable Jo?

Any details of the wreckage of the party guests’ lives wrought by Storm would spoil the twists and helter skelters of this highly complex and intricate psychological thriller plot which careers through the characters’ hidden past and present lives eventually erupting into violent deaths. Stylish and sophisticated, the plot keeps on morphing in unexpected ways.

But what makes the book worthwhile apart from its thriller plot, is the skill with which the characters are fully fleshed out with childhoods, past lives, vulnerabilities, resentments, hurts and shame which doesn’t make them any more likeable, but does make them into real interesting people. The story is further strengthened by its s political bias with the moneyed quartet basking in the power which money has always enabled them to pay their way out of trouble. In their monstrous hypocrisy displayed in their daily dealings within their own lives and in the lives of others. I sense the author expressing her own feelings about our present society/government through this truly shameful group of high status men. Only Jo and Lucas are free from taint - but they have secrets too.

It is very well written it and also very well read with difficult accents to get right and captures a range of moods, dialogue and pace.