Review for Party Games by E J Greenway

Party Games

I do not particularly follow politics or have any interest in politicians themselves but however much we may try and steer clear of politics they are threaded through all of our lives however we choose to live them. Throughout our family, working or social lives politics reign so I don’t believe you have to have an interest in Westminister to enjoy this Party Games. That said I did find the story a bit sticky to get into, nothing to do with the writing which was excellent throughout but purely with the who’s who of the cast, their titles, their positions and their allegiances. However once I’d settled in I was soon immersed in a story that I imagine is probably startlingly close to reality.

My favourite character was Anthea who was gorgeous, smart and driven though I wasn’t sure about her decision making when it came to romance. She was also loyal and it seemed was one of the few who were. There was an awful lot of plotting going on behind the backs of others with a fair amount of arm twisting, blackmail and the continual game playing with the press as a stream of stories kept coming out threatening the party leadership by Rodney who was having a particularly trying time. It does make you wonder why anyone would want to be in that sort of job. I detested Colin, that whole loyalty thing again and that’s all I’m going to say about him. And then there were the affairs and as in real life some of these politicians seemed drawn to inappropriate relationships though perhaps I’m tarring all with the same brush!

This is the first book in a series and is very well completed by Greenaway and as I romped towards the ending, by this time unable to put it down, I was left feeling satisfied with a well rounded story but aware of plenty of threads left to be continued in the next in the series, Power Play. Greenaway clearly knows what she is talking about with the workings of the political scene and is skilled in creating a great cast letting us see their innermost thoughts and feelings, warts and all. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes strong though realistically flawed characters in an original and interesting setting.

This review was originally posted 8 October 2014

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E J Greenway can be found on Twitter @emsie1979

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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