Author: Lucy Foley
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Murder Mystery
Format: Paperback 400 pages
Release Date: 3 December 2018 (ebook)
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.
Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.
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.
This book is told from various different points of view moving between friends who have all gathered together for a new years eve party at a remote Hunting Lodge in Scotland. Most of them know each other from their university days and have years worth of history and stories to share. As we move from character to character they each tell their own memories of how they met each other and the experiences they have shared.
Two characters who also feature in the story are Doug and Heather, who work at the Hunting Lodge and are on hand to help the guests. These are not incidental characters, and like the guests, have dark hidden secrets themselves that they would rather remain hidden. Heathers narrative is told in the present tense after the murder has happened, whereas everyone else’s narrative in the story is told in the days leading up to the event.
The interesting thing about this story is that not only do we not know who the murderer is, but we also don’t even find out until quite near the end who has actually even been killed. This added even more suspense to an already tense read as you know there are two big reveals coming at some point.
What I enjoyed most about this book is the character development of each individual character throughout the book. Each one starts, innocently so, as just a friend, catching up with other friends and looking to have a good time. But as the plot moves on we begin to see beneath the facade that they each show to others.
Although there are quite a few different characters in this book they all have a part to play. How the author has woven all their stories together to give us the finish product is really well done.
I had desperately been reading trying to piece together parts of the story trying to work out which guest was going to meet an unfortunate end and which character had the motive and opportunity to do so. However, I can honestly say I did not see the big twist coming in this book.
I loved this book for so many reasons, the writing, the plot, the setting, the fact I was kept guessing right up until the end. I think anyone who likes a book that keeps them on their toes and guessing right up until the end will enjoy this too. I throughly recommend.
About the Author
Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.
Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.
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