The Birthday Girl
Book Feature - The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
HBL Note: You might be thinking to yourself, “Wait, isn’t Melissa de la Cruz a YA author?” Yes! Some of her more notable titles include Alex & Eliza, Descendants, and Blue Bloods. But she’s going in a new direction with The Birthday Girl, a domestic suspense novel about a woman at her glamorous 40th birthday party and the past that comes back to haunt her. I am so excited about this change of pace for Melissa! I don’t think fans of her YA novels will be disappointed in her latest novel. Scroll down to read more!
From the publisher:
Before she became a glamorous fashion designer, Ellie de Florent-Stinson was a trailer-park teen about to turn sixteen. But a night of birthday celebration doesn’t go exactly as planned and descends into a night she’ll never be able to forget.
Now, on the cusp of her fortieth birthday, it appears Ellie has everything she ever wanted: a handsome husband; an accomplished, college-age stepdaughter; a beautiful ten-year-old girl; adorable and rambunctious six-year-old twin boys; lush, well-appointed homes in Los Angeles, Park City, and Palm Springs; a thriving career; and a dazzling circle of friends.
Except everything is not quite as perfect as it looks on the outside—Ellie is keeping many secrets. And hiding those skeletons has a cost, and it all comes to a head the night of her fabulous birthday party in the desert—where everyone who matters in her life shows up, invited or not. Old and new friends and frenemies, stepdaughters and business partners, ex-wives and ex-husbands congregate, and the glittering facade of Ellie’s life begins to crumble.
Beautifully paced and full of surprises, The Birthday Girl is an enthralling tale of a life lived in shadow and its unavoidable consequences.