- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (24 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008297126
- ISBN-13: 978-0008297121
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hunting Party Paperback – 29 Jan 2019
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Emma and Mark (Boyfriend and Girlfriend. Emma organised the trip)
Miranda and Julien (Married)
Nick and Bo (Married)
Samira and Giles, and baby, Priya (Married)
Katie (their single friend)
But are these friends really as close as they appear? And what happens to their friendship’s when all their secrets come to light? By the 2nd of January one of them will be dead because of it.
The setting was perfect – as breathtaking as it was isolating and foreboding. Most of the characterisations were all excellent, relatable, interesting to read about, and their behaviour rang true. Others had me puzzling over why their characters were even included, as they didn’t seem to serve any significant purpose? Chapters moved between ‘Now’ (2nd January, 2019) when a body is discovered in the snow (the victim’s identity remains under wraps until the final act which I thought was brilliant), and ‘Then’ the guests arriving at the lodge (30th December, 2018 – 1st January, 2019), with multiple viewpoints.
Unfortunately I felt there were just too many plot elements, a couple of which were unnecessary, never fully explored nor explained, and added little to the story. Also, there was a lot of telling rather than showing when relating past events, causing some sections to be rather long-winded. I really think further flashbacks to the event in question would’ve been better. It’s a shame because overall the writing and dialogue were exceptional. I particularly loved how the author related characters actions, expressions, and emotions to hunting and animals.
The final reveal while not that surprising was well-executed, action-packed, horrifying, and emotionally impacting when it’s revealed who the victim is. The last two chapters really wrapped everything up nicely as well. Not the 5 star read I was expecting it to be, but still definitely worth checking out, and I would happily read another book by Lucy Foley.
From the start you know that someone is dead. We have a dual time line that splits the present with the days leading up to it. We follow our crew as they start their journey to their traditional New Year celebrations through until the time that one of them goes missing and is subsequently found dead. Initially the identity of the deceased is unknown so it's hard to formulate any suspicions, making each action and interaction important to pay attention to. As well as our bunch of friends, there's also a couple of other guests and three staff, at their beck and call. Every one to a man acting suspicious at times. Most with initially hinted at pasts which are slowly uncovered and explained as the story progresses. It's chilling and thrilling and the atmosphere claustrophobic. With no escape due to the snow and no help coming for the same reason, they are all stuck with a body and a murderer whose motive is unknown. Will they strike again?
This book was very reminiscent of the type of story and characters created by the wonderful Agatha Christie who I am a bit fan of. Every one a suspect and the victim initially being unknown really added to the suspense and intrigue along the way. It's told by several characters in multiple timelines and that did take me a little while to get to grips with. I had to do what I find usually helps me with this and wrote me a cast list with little notes on relationships and connections.
There are many clues along the way, some easier than others to spot, but be warned, there is also quite a bit of misdirection and a fair few red herrings thrown in for good measure - all jolly good fun though rather than being exasperating. Definitely a book that kept me on my toes throughout!
It burns slowly, the setting adding to the drawn out atmosphere of the book but once the identity of the victim is revealed, the action hots up all the way to the end. There is a fair amount of reminiscing throughout, adding layers of background to our characters, fleshing them out so to speak. Some of which is important to what happens, some just to add character. This was a key element to my enjoyment of the book as I didn't really like the majority of the characters along the way but these snippets from the past went a long way to explaining certain behaviour going forward. Not knowing who was dead did confuse me for a while as it was darned near impossible to try and figure it all out ahead of time, as I like to do, but once I got over that discomfort, I raced through the rest of the book, eager to find out who and why?
All in all, a good solid read that was a little different for me but was satisfying nonetheless. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.