mystery · suspense · thriller

The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

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?

My Review; I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book so of course I had to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. I actually read most of this in one day. It is a brilliant crime debut.

The opening had me intrigued and wanting to dive in. It is a story of old friends coming together for a short get away celebrating New Years Eve in a remote location, but not everything is as it seems…

You could tell from the start there was a lot of tension between all the friends making it slightly awkward throughout and even made me feel uncomfortable at times.

Towards the end things start to turn nasty and secrets start to unfold, testing friendships and breaking barriers. Real shocker of an outcome you could not see coming or suspect at all. I loved it. Full of drama.

Brilliantly written with short chapters, an easy read for me which I throughally enjoyed. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. A suspense filled story that you won’t want to put down. A death you want to know the answers to… A page turner. Very impressed.

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