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The Hunting Party: A Novel

The Hunting Party: A Novel

Written by Lucy Foley

Narrated by Gary Furlong, Elle Newlands, Imogen Church and


The Hunting Party: A Novel

Written by Lucy Foley

Narrated by Gary Furlong, Elle Newlands, Imogen Church and

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4/5 (1,391 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
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Released:
Feb 12, 2019
ISBN:
9780062896797
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Description

Everyone's invited...everyone's a suspect....

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, pause-resisting 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 30-something friends from Oxford meets to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students 10 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 30, 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?

Publisher:
Released:
Feb 12, 2019
ISBN:
9780062896797
Format:
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About the author

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 five novels including The Guest List and The Hunt­ing Party. She lives in London.


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  • (5/5)
    This is a suspenseful thriller about a group of English thirty-somethings spending the New Year holidays at a lodge in the Scottish highlands.   Those in the group have been friends since their days at Oxford,  and they have a tradition of spending New Years Eve together.  The story begins with their train trip to Scotland and their fraying relationships are exposed from the start.   Their stay at the Lodge is filled with bad behaviour and plenty of excess alcohol.  One of their number is killed but their identity is kept secret until the end when the killer is revealed.  None of the Oxfords friends is particularly attractive as a person so it's easy to have no sympathy for the deceased or the killer.  The lodge employees are more sympathetic characters and they are the good guys of the piece.The story is told by alternating narrators which results in the reader having an overview that the characters are missing.  This approach to character development and storytelling makes the story more interesting and presents a profile of each narrator that adds background colour.  Of course, not all of the narrators are reliable reporters, something revealed at the end. There's a disturbing scene where a deer is shot and killed by one of the group.  A bit of gratuitous violence.It's a brilliant suspense story with a satisfactory ending.  Some might debate how the law ultimately treats the killer, but it typifies the vagaries of the criminal justice system.
  • (4/5)
    A book about a group of friends from Oxford and their significant others who spend the New Year's holiday in a secluded Lodge in Scotland. One ends up dead and everyone has a motive. This book starts with the discovery of the body, the day after New Year's and goes back and forth between Three Days Before when the guests arrive and Now, working its way up (and the suspense) to the murder. You don't find out until pretty late in the book who the victim is, and then you have to wait until the end to find out who and why. I really liked this book. I am giving it four stars just because it lacked that "WOW, I didn't see that coming" (for me anyway). However I would definitely recommend!
  • (4/5)
    An annual reunion of friends at a new location with the added beauty and terror of a huge snowstorm that cuts everyone off from the rest of the world is where THE HUNTING PARTY begins and where we meet the characters.The reunion starts off with a long ride from the train station to the remote lodge with a scary gamekeeper as the driver, the juggling of who gets what cabin, the first-night dinner together, and finding out there is another couple in residence as well as the group of friends.The group has been friends for a long time, but do they really know each other? Are they jealous of each other? Why do they do this reunion every year? They all seem to have secrets and pasts that the others don’t know about.The first-night dinner brings many feelings about each other and frightening feelings about the couple from Iceland. They are poorly dressed and seem most interested in the hunting party that has been arranged.Along with the Lodge guests, we meet mysterious Heather. She seems all organized and put together on the outside, but she has her secrets and something in her past that she wants to forget.THE HUNTING PARTY lets us get to know the guests very well. Actually a little too well...going into all the detail about their lives past and present got a bit too much, but I guess it was necessary for the reader to get the full impact of the reunion and events. We are taken from the festivities to Doug, the gamekeeper, finding a body and showing Heather where he found it. When Heather sees the body, she knows it wasn't an accident.Waiting to find out which one of the friends was the victim and who the killer was kept the tension high. The identity was not made known until the very end. The mystery was a well-kept secret.Ms. Foley's writing is very descriptive and beautiful. I could see every detail of the landscape and feel the emotions of each character. If you can describe writing as lush, that is how beautiful the sentences flowed and created a picture.If you enjoy a mystery, antics of characters, learning that the characters really didn't show their true colors, and waiting for the “ball to drop,” THE HUNTING PARTY will be a book you will want to read. The story line was perfectly carried out and nothing was revealed until the very end. It was an interesting study of personalities. 4/5This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    The Hunting PartyByLucy FoleyWhat it's all about...A group of friends always spend NYE together in different exclusive expansive and expensive destinations. This year they have chosen an estate in a deep dark far away forest. They get there and are immediately snowed in. And someone is murdered. That’s what we have...My thoughts after reading this book...This book was a sort of slow moving book but I loved that aspect of it. Tiny secrets were revealed about the lodge and the guests bit by bit. Was it the happy closely knit group of friends they portray to the world? Perhaps not!What I loved best...I loved the slow reveal of all these personalities. I loved learning their secrets!What potential readers might want to know...Readers who love a well written kind of chilling mystery should really enjoy this book. There are lots of mysterious characters and even a mean girl! You know the one...bossy, unsympathetic...just plain mean!I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. It was my choice to read and review it.
  • (4/5)
    A New Year’s reunion for 8 friends in the remote Scottish wilderness and one is a murderer and one won’t make it out alive! Historic blizzard seals the lodge from the outside world. Story is full of suspense, secrets and surprises. Interesting characters that find out how keeping your friends close can be harmful! Reminded me of Agatha Christie’s Orient Express mystery. Kept me guessing all the way thru! Recommended for mystery thriller lovers!
  • (5/5)
    Loved it !! I can get behind some good ol'Fashion craziness !!
  • (4/5)
    I found it a bit hard to get into at first, and I was having a hard time keeping up with the characters. But by the third chapter everyone had fallen into place and I was hooked. Enjoyed the story.
  • (4/5)
    A lot of plot twists, very gripping, but becomes a bit too complicated by the end
  • (3/5)
    The story line was good but I had a hard time keeping track of all the different perspectives and narrators.
  • (5/5)
    Wish I could listen for the first time again! Immediately had to read all of Lucy Foley. Waiting for more!
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this audiobook! I felt like there was a good amount of flashbacks to their college days and well as present moment tensions. I loved how general the descriptions of the murder were, it kept me guessing all the way to the end! I'm hoping to find more books just like this!
  • (5/5)
    Loved it! Good mystery. No idea who did it until it was revealed. Definitely a fan ??
  • (3/5)
    This one was kind of a let down after reading the masterpiece that was The Guest List. The overall plot of this one just didn’t flow as well and wasn’t as dramatic I felt. I also didn’t like the ending as it’s written like we’re supposed to take pity on the character of Katie but I found her to be very unlikeable. I think this book wasn’t as good because so many of the characters are unlikeable and others are quite forgettable and don’t really add anything to the story. Not a bad read just not as good as Foleys other murder mystery.
  • (5/5)
    Really good. Would make an excellent movie. Definitely recommend to anyone who hasn’t read Lucy Foley yet. You won’t be disappointed
  • (4/5)
    Interesting characters, good narration. Very similar formula to The Guest List.
  • (5/5)
    Really similar to the guest list but still so intriguing.
  • (4/5)
    Love the modern-day Agatha Christie that Foley is. Different chapters told by different characters. Great book!
  • (3/5)
    3.5 ⭐️ the plot was interesting. But i had a hard time connecting to the characters. I also had trouble with telling the ladies apart in the beginning ?
    I did love the ending and how all the loose ends tied together. I also didn’t guess the twists. So bravo on that ???
  • (5/5)
    Loved it! Although the start was a bit slow, it quickly became very gripping and intriguing. The ending was quite unexpected as well. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Good book. Complicated but not overwhelmingly which was perfect for me
  • (5/5)
    Loved it .. and I want to give credit to the narrators amazing job !
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely suspenseful, a little slow to start for me… But overall such a good read!
  • (4/5)
    AMAZING audiobook experience, that i feel like the actual textbook is probably only a solid 3, the narration bumped it up to 4!
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this book. It captured my interest from the start and never lost it. Every chapter and most of the characters were intriguing. The dialogue was realistic and everyone knows a Miranda and the hangers on that a person like that can attract. Most importantly, I was surprised by the the who in the whodunit and their back story. Definitely can recommend.
  • (2/5)
    Some parts were well written and some of the characters quite well formed, but overall unimpressive throughout and the ending was outright infuriating. Hopefully not a spoiler, but could we please stop using some unnamed "personality disorders" as a means to determine a character as bad?
  • (3/5)
    It was a compelling story, good characters, lots of not-so-great people, and I never lost interest. Everything completely fell apart at the end, though, when the author seems to have forgotten an entire crime.
  • (4/5)
    The complex personalities and the manner in which their past interactions are revealed in increments with the final reveal of the crime(s) coincident with full interrelated web of the "friends" concealed history. Strong finish, when other complex stories often lose the punch
  • (4/5)
    It’s okay to not stay friends just because you were friends when you were younger. Great whodunnit.
  • (5/5)
    Once I got to know the characters, it was hard to put the book down. Dynamic. Full of surprises.
  • (4/5)
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