Looking for a thriller recommendation? | ARC Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Looking for a thriller recommendation? | ARC Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Looking for a thriller recommendation? | ARC Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
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SYNOPSIS

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.

VERDICT:

Author: Connect with Author Lucy Foley here .

  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publication Date: 24 Jan 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 394 Pages

Do you think you’ll read The Hunting Party? What are some of your favourite thrillers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading Update

Hi everyoneHappy Wednesday and welcome to my weekly reading update post or the WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.


WWW Wednesday #1 :​ Weekly reading update

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

The Cold is in her bones

I received this review copy of The Day We Met from the publisher and I’m worried if I’ll like it or not.

Synopsis:Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

WWWWednesday
The Glass Woman

I finished reading this book about Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

I will post a full review soon but I can say that I loved this fantasy!

Reading Next

Small Town Hearts

The Doll FactoryThe Hunting Party

I want to finish reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley next, to be followed by Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale and then The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal. All of these are review copies that hve been gifted to me by their publishers .

Thank you for reading

What are you currently reading or finished reading? Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not, do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #3: Weekly Reading Update

Hi everyoneHappy Wednesday and welcome to my weekly reading update post or the WWW Wednesdays. WWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.


WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
WWW Wednesday #1 :​ Weekly reading update

The Cold is in her bones

I received this review copy of The Cold is in her Bones from the publisher and I was so excited to get this because this is a Medusa retelling.  Hopefully, I’ll love it  and I will know today because it’s a short read and I’m almost done.

Synopsis: Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

WWWWednesday
The Glass Woman

I finished reading The Glass Woman recently and I’ll publish a review for it this week.

Synopsis1686, ICELAND. AN ISOLATED, WINDSWEPT LAND HAUNTED BY WITCH TRIALS AND STEEPED IN THE ANCIENT SAGAS.

Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders.
But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies.
The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. There is an evil here – Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers – or the land itself?
Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim . . .

Reading Next
     
        The Doll Factory       The Dollmaker     When the sky fell on splendour

 

I want to finish reading The Dollmaker by Nina Allan next, to be followed by The Hunting Party and then The Doll Factory. All of these are review copies that hve been gifted to me by their publishers and I really want to publish my review before the release of The Dollmaker and The Doll Factory.

Thank you for reading

What are you currently reading or finished reading? Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not, do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments!