Summary from Goodreads:
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?
I’m a massive Agatha Christie fan. As in, I’m down to very few Christies that I haven’t ever read before. So when The Hunting Party came out last year I was intrigued – it’s essentially a locked room-type mystery (love, And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express are masterworks). So when we featured the paperback as one of our Books of the Month at the store I picked up a copy. But, due to aforementioned grant-application business, I didn’t read it right away because I needed sleep and this definitely was going to be a compulsive read.
Due to COVID-19-imposed hibernation, the good humans at 24in48 Readathon quickly organized a Stay At Home Readathon. PERFECT. I holed up on the couch with my tea and The Hunting Party and relaxed for the first time in about a month. If I hadn’t had to get up and go work at the bookstore for a few hours this would have been a one-sitting read. I was into it. So into it. Foley provided us with a good setting (extremely remote, snowed-in estate in Scotland), richie-rich characters you love to despise (so much substance abuse – if they’d been Americans they all would have been old-money frat and sorority Greeks), convenient weapons (they go on a deer hunt with rifles, FYI if you’re not into that), and enough misdirection to satisfy an old Agatha Christie stan like myself (no lie, I was wrong about both who was the dead body and who was the murdered several times – and I’m usually pretty good at guessing). The rotating narration of three 1st-person narrators (women) and one 3rd-person narrator (man) took a bit to get used to, especially since one of the women is narrating after the murder while everyone else is narrating up to the murder, so make sure you’ve read the chapter header that tells you who is narrating.
If you like this one, it looks like Lucy Foley has a new book out in May – The Guest List.
Dear FTC: I bought my copy of this book from my store.