I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Chalet by Catherine Cooper on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
French Alps, 1998
Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.
20 years later
Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.
Someone knows what really happened that day.
And somebody will pay.
The Chalet is a riveting read by Catherine Cooper, and I raced through it really quickly.
We’re transported to a picturesque ski resort in France. In the late nineties, a horrifying accident takes place there when two young brothers with little experience skied off-piste. But the accident is more fatal for one of the brothers who doesn’t return from the holiday. His body is never found but he is presumed dead. Now twenty years later secrets from that time period are about to come to out in a devastating way for those involved.
I thought the ski resort setting gave this book a chilling atmosphere. The guests who are staying at the resort are put up in luxurious accommodation. Also among the group are two people who were there at the time of the accident twenty years earlier. You get the sense that they were walking on eggshells at different point throughout the book. They haven’t been entirely truthful about what happened all those years ago, and they are fearful of someone finding out what they’ve kept back.
As I was reading, I really wanted to see how things were going to come together. We do jump back in time back to when the young men disappear. Catherine Cooper builds on the tension in these scenes, particularly as the ski instructors grapple with what has happened. I couldn’t believe some of the decisions they made when they were trying to work out what to do next. It seemed that they were more concerned about themselves than they were about trying to find the men.
As the novel progresses, another strand comes into the story, and it is here that I don’t want to give too much away. I became even more intrigued. I wondered how this part was connected to the events in the past, and that was happening in the present. As everything comes together, it makes for a gripping finale. You can see how much one particular character has planned and thought out everything. Also, you can see just how they have every intention of carrying their plan out, with a clear fixation on revenge. I also liked the last note on the very final page, which will send a shiver down your spine as you read it.
The Chalet is a very easy read to get into, and I found it very difficult to put down. It’s dark and very addictive. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological thrillers!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 31st October 2020
Print length: 400 pages
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