The Club: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of People Like Her, a smart and sinister murder mystery set in the secretive world of exclusive celebrity clubs, where the A-list members and the staff who serve them all have something to hide.
The A-List is Dying to Join
Envisioned as a luxurious home-away from-home for Very Important People, The Home Group is a collection of celebrity members clubs dotted across the globe, from London to Lisbon, Malibu to Manhattan, where the rich and famous can party hard and then crash out in its five-star suites, far from the prying eyes of fans and the media.
The most spectacular and exclusive of all is Island Home—a sprawling, closely-guarded complex of faux-rustic guest cabins, spas, bars and restaurants just off the English coast. To mark its opening, Home's mercurial CEO Ned Groom and his team have planned a glamorous three-day launch party, easily the most coveted A-list invite of the year.
But behind the scenes, tensions are at breaking point. Years behind schedule and vastly over budget, the project has stretched a long-serving and long-suffering team to their limits. There's Ned's trusted PA, who has over decades maneuvered her way from coat-check girl to Home's inner circle; Ned's younger brother, who has sacrificed his marriage and morals to be Ned's right-hand man; the Head of Membership keeping the world's most spoiled and jaded individuals entertained using any means necessary; the Head of Housekeeping, who plays silent witness to the guests' very worst excesses. All of them have something to hide—and that's before the beautiful people with their own ugly secrets even set foot on the island.
As tempers fray and behavior worsens, as things get more sinister by the hour and the body count piles up, some of Island Home's members begin to wish they'd never RSVP'd at all.
Because at this club, if your name's on the list, you're not getting out . . .
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 22 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 01 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,365 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#21 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#40 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#83 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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I was very impressed by Ellery Lloyd's debut novel, "People Like Her" and there is also a lot to like about the second book that the husband-and-wife writing partnership has produced. This time around the pair have produced another contemporary thriller, but on this occasion it is set in the glitzy, glamourous and exclusive world of a celebrity club rather than that of online "influencers".
The narrative is provided from the viewpoints of a number of key protagonists, plus an additional perspective in the form of an article in "Vanity Fair" that appears at the end of each chapter. Events unfold across two timeframes, which is quite neatly handled: The "Vanity Fair" piece provides a retrospective report on events surrounding the opening of the latest addition to "The Home Group" portfolio, the "Island Home" club. The accounts from the other characters relate events as they were happening at the time of that same opening. As we gradually learn more about each of the narrators and the high profile members of "The Home Club" it soon becomes apparent that nobody is quite as they would appear and everybody has something to hide.
Like their previous thriller, "The Club" is a cleverly constructed mystery with plot lines that have been well thought through. The characterisation is also appealing and the two writers once again make a good fist of delivering authentic differentiation between the protagonists. Seeing the portrayals of the various world famous stars is great fun and also allows the reader to play their own game, guessing which real life celebrities may have provided the inspiration for these fictional creations.
All of that said, on the whole, I didn't think this consistently matched the overall quality of Ellery Lloyd's debut. It could have - and probably should have. The ingredients are all there to make this a top notch mystery thriller, but certain sections struck me as a touch overwritten and this, in turn, had an adverse effect on the pace of the novel. Nonetheless, this is still an enjoyable mystery and well worth adding to your reading list.
If this is ever made into a film (Reese, I know you love trying your hand at adaptations!), can Kurt please be played by Timothee Chalamet!? It just works in my mind.