Friday, May 3, 2024

BLOG TOUR - The Bridal Party


The moment she sees Caitlyn, wearing her ‘bride-to-be’ sash and brimming with excitement, it hits her. She hates Caitlyn. She knows who Little Miss Perfect really is – what she’s really hiding. And the temptation to do something about it is too strong to resist…

When the first bottle of prosecco pops open I breathe a sigh of relief. As maid-of-honour, I’ve worked so hard to organise my best friend Caitlyn’s big celebration before her wedding. Even though her schoolfriends are jealous they aren’t bridesmaids like me, and her sisters won’t make eye contact, I plaster a fake smile on my face and top up everyone’s glasses. Nothing will spoil this special weekend.

But as we begin the cute husband-and-wife games, Caitlyn’s sister-in-law reveals something shockingly cruel. In the silence that follows, the little question cards I’d made drop, forgotten, to the floor. We’re supposed to be celebrating her upcoming wedding but Caitlyn’s lied to me for years. Her relationship is far from the magical dream she’d made it out to be.

Suddenly, everyone in the room is arguing. All of our secrets and lies are exposed. It’s clear that none of us really know each other – or Caitlyn.

The next morning I find Caitlyn, beautiful, pale and unmoving in her bed. The bride is dead. One of us killed her. But which devastating truth was dangerous enough to kill for? And with us all stuck here until the murderer is found, how long will it be until someone else gets hurt…?

Perfect for fans of The Perfect Marriage, Lucinda Berry, and Freida McFadden, this is an utterly compelling and shocking psychological thriller with amazingly unexpected twists. This book was originally published as The Hen Party.

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Title:  The Bridal Party
Author Maria Frankland
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  280
Date of Publication:   April 29, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

*Originally published August 1, 2021

Ten women, including the bride-to-be, Caitlyn, were spending time together in a rented apartment in Italy for a hen party. However, Caitlyn was found dead, and one of the remaining women is definitely responsible for her murder. They are all about to be questioned by the Gardis unit. Will the Italian police be able to find the murderer before another woman loses her life?

There is no shortage of drama as the women are questioned in a nearby apartment in the building. Some are unfriendly. Some are even catty. They all want to leave and go home. That is not about to happen. At least not before the killer is identified. Written with multiple POVs, this intriguing book will most certainly keep you guessing. Any one of the women could be the killer, and it is definitely one of them. With surprising twists and turns, the reader will certainly be trying to ascertain the killer’s identity, making this a well-written, exciting book.

Of course, there is a crime to be solved, and there are secrets, lies and more proving to be the case. With those factors, finding answers is certainly not easy. Even though there are characters easy to hate, there is no doubt that readers will be just as drawn to this story just as I was. 
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Maria Frankland has a dubious internet search history and a very worried mother-in-law. However, neither of these things can stop her writing gripping psychological thrillers in which you’ll never find a happy-ever-after.

Her novels are mostly set in Yorkshire where you’ll hear the accent through all her characters. These are people you could live next door to, or closer still… don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Maria’s novels are fast-paced, down to earth and realistic. You never know what’s around the corner…

Find out more about Maria at Whilst you’re there, you can download your free novella – The Brother-in-Law. Happy reading!

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