|All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.|
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.
They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.
Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.
The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.
Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.
Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?
Should You read The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ?
I love reading thrillers and I kept my fingers crossed for Lucy Foley’s novel which I highly anticipated. I’m very happy to say that I highly enjoyed reading The Hunting Party.
Almost every thriller gets compared to Christie’s but I’ll say Lucy Foley adds her own touch to this thriller. Set in a remote and highly exclusive hunting lodge, this eery “who dunnit” mystery tells us the story of a group of old friends who have gathered to celebrate the New Year. However, their celebration ends with a gruesome murder. The friends are namely Miranda & Julien, Emma & Mark, Giles, Samira (and their baby Priya) , Nick & Bo and Katie. All of the characters are different personalities but Miranda was the was who really got on my nerves. Besides the friends, there were five other characters namely Doug, Heather and Ian who worked in the lodge, and a couple from Iceland.
Told in multiple POVs , the story starts with the discovery of a dead body and then diverts back to the time when the friends arrived. At first, it seems like a sweet reunion ..what could possibly go wrong ?! and then, since the first night- game night- in the lodge, we start to see cracks in their friendships. Generous amounts of alcohol act as fuel to the fire and everyone starts to loose control. Their ultimate undoing, which also led us to the identity of the killer, was a game of truth and dare. Nasty secrets get out, arguments start and finally, the killer snaps. Question is, Who is the Killer and the murderer?
The author managed to write a wonderfully paced thriller. The victim and the murderer’s identity was a touch close to being predictable when nearing the end but I was glued to the story as the characters’ perfect facades are ripped off one by one and twists come out of nowhere to smack you in the face.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of Ruth Ware and Tana French, and love reading atmospheric, unputdownable thrillers.
|Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.|
Author: Connect with Author Lucy Foley here .
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publication Date: 24 Jan 2019
- Paperback(ARC): 394 Pages
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