09 March 2020

The Hunting Party | Book Review


Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

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 favorite kind of whodunit, kept me guessing all the way through, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best — with an extra dose of acid.” — Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: March 3, 2020


A group of friends heads to the Scottish Highlands to celebrate the New Year’s holiday together. Of course, the remote getaway is not as relaxing as they hoped. One of them ends up dead—and the odds are good that another one is the murderer.

Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party intrigued me until the end. The story takes the reader back and forth between the before and after of the murder—without sharing exactly what happened. So, even though I did not like anyone in the friend group, I still had to keep reading to discover the identities of the victim and the killer.

It’s a book for anyone in need of a good mystery. With plenty of secrets and surprises along the way, it is sure to keep you intrigued.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry. She is the author of The Book of Lost and Found and The Invitation. She lives in London.


1 comment:

  1. My copy just came today so I'm excited to get into it over the weekend! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours