• Publication date: 3 Dec 2018
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07FK6L3T1

Source: the publisher via NetGalley

The Blurb

EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

‘A ripping, riveting murder mystery’ A. J. Finn

‘Full of surprises’ Simon Kernick

‘Very gripping’ Sophie Hannah

‘Chilling, you won’t sleep’ Adele Parks

The Secret History meets And Then There Were None’ Cass Green

‘The suspense will keep you reading long after lights out’ Woman and Home

‘Pitch-perfect’ Laura Marshall

My Review

A shortie review from me because I don’t want to give away any of the deliciously juicy secrets of this book.

For starters this book was right up my snowy gully. As a people watcher, cynic and lover of the psychological chiller thriller, the dynamics of a group of people are always fascinating. Groups of people gathered together when a crime is committed was also a format loved by one of my all time favourite authors, the crime fiction queen Agatha Christie.

A group of friends, all Oxford university graduates, bar one, who met while they were all students together studying at the university, arrange to meet up for a group holiday to see the New Year in together.

The accommodation, chosen by one of their group Emma is a group of hunting lodges up in a remote area of Scotland on an estate where rich clientele stay and hunt deer.

The group have all moved on since their student days and most, except for Miranda, have successful careers.

Miranda is described as beautiful and at one time the life and soul of every party she attended or organised. She’s married to Julien who has made his fortune as a stockbroker. Samira and Giles, a couple from the same group of friends now have a young toddler who they’ve brought on holiday with them.

The rest of the group are Mark, partner of Emma, Katie, once Miranda’s closest friend and Nick and Bo, a gay couple.

All have secrets and have held on to grudges and slights from other members of the group and the aura around them is toxic.

Also staying on the property in their own accommodation lodges are Doug, the gamekeeper and Heather, the manager. Ian, the odd job man, has his own lodge but is away at home for New Year family celebrations

It snows heavily up in that area. With poor phone signal and now impassable roads, they are effectively cut off from the rest of the world.

What can possibly go wrong?

Someone is murdered. Who did it?

Bit by bit and narrated by each of the characters leading up to the event and after the event we discover the truth.

Loved this excellently plotted book. The dynamics of the group were always going to lead to trouble and the background of the snowy area around a frozen loch was a pitch perfect atmospheric setting.

Read the book to find out what happened next….

About The author

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

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