I gave it 5 / 5 stars- it’s a gripping rollercoaster twisting spiralling read. Set in snowy Scotland.
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
Not an accident – a murder among friends.
Set in the remotest part of Scotland you could ever want to visit- where only two staff run an exclusive lodge for parties of guests- you have the claustrophobic setting similar to Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ for when the snow comes in deep and crisp and even in The Hunting Party no one is going anywhere. All guests at Miranda’s New Year’s party know each other, from uni days, or they think they do. They are a tight knit group who have drifted somewhat over the years, but New Year always brings them back together. However this year it won’t.
The narrative is told from several characters’ viewpoints (including the two lodge employees who both have troubled back stories which are gradually revealed) and this is n o mean feat for Lucy Foley to pull off. There is a lot of subtlety and shading in what we the reader are told, what the characters know and what they should know but deny and what they can work out.
The identity of the victim is not revealed until close to the end, which is a conjuring trick of slippery writing in itself. The story also flashes back to uni days and as well as short term backwards and forwards over the events of the New Year’s Eve and the party which fuelled by booze and drugs, goes haywire. Everyone’s a suspect except for the new born baby, and they all have something to hide. Did I mention the isolation, the snow, the cold and how Foley makes the landscape into a menacing threat,
This is an addictive entertaining read which you don’t want to put down, I read late into the night wanting to uncover the hidden layers of this group’s relationships and the motives for murder.
The people you think you know best can surprise you- beware, keep a close eye on your family and friends. Trust no one.