Book Review Of “The Hunting Party” By Lucy Foley @WmMorrowBooks @lucyfoleytweets

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?

Thank you William Morrow Books for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

I haven’t read Agatha Christie before, but I have read Ruth Ware, and I do see a lot of similarities between “Ware” and “Foley”. This was the true definition of a slow burn thriller. The kind of book that takes its time, it builds the story, develops the plot, bounces around from character to character, teasing you with plot twists, info drops, and just enough to keep you up late at night turning the pages to figure out what the hell happened.

I took a lot of time reading this one, however once I got to the last 100 pages, I devoured them within a matter of a couple hours. This has got to be one of the greatest endings I’ve read in awhile. Well done, and such a well executed mystery. I also want to point out, that if you loved Sahri Lapena’s AN UNWANTED GUEST, you will LOVE this book!

I see a man coming through the falling snow. From a distance, through the curtain of white, he looks hardly human, like a shadow figure.

-Lucy Foley

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