EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.
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.
The Hunting Party is a captivating page-turner that held my attention all the way through. A group of Londoner’s – friends since their time at Oxford University together – head to the Scottish Highlands to see in the New Year. They find themselves in a remote, but luxurious house known as The Lodge situated close to the bank of the nearby loch. As the holiday gets underway and as the group get ready to ring in 2019, one of them disappears. And soon a body is discovered just as some dark truths begin to come to the surface.
Lucy Foley’s writing transports you to the Scottish Highlands. As city dwellers, you immediately get the sense that the group are out of their comfort zone and this makes it the perfect setting for what later develops. You can quite clearly see how vulnerable they are in this location, particularly when the bad weather strikes which essentially cuts them off from the rest of civilisation.
For me, the most mysterious person in the book was the groundkeeper, Doug, who lives in the grounds of The Lodge. The group of friends will really get you thinking, and I was undecided about my feelings towards a few of them as events unfolded. They do get you wondering, how on earth some of them have remained friends. The pace in the novel is excellent. Lucy Foley keeps you guessing as to which of them is going to end up dead and who, if any of them, is responsible. I didn’t have any idea until the final secrets were revealed. I loved how Lucy managed to keep me in the dark right up until the last chapters. Along the way, Lucy keeps teasing the reader into thinking that this is the moment that things will start to become clear. This is what kept me gripped.
This book is perfect to read while wrapped up in a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. The Hunting Party is atmospheric, well written and utterly absorbing.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 3rd December 2018 (kindle) 24th January 2019 (hardback)
Print length: 400 pages
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