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The Hunting Party: A Novel

The Hunting Party: A Novel


The Hunting Party: A Novel

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4/5 (604 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 and UCL universities. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry – during which time she also wrote her debut, The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full-time, and is busy travelling (for research, naturally!) and working on her next novel. Visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LucyFoleyAuthor and follow her on Twitter @lucyfoleytweets

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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)
    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.
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  • (2/5)
    Lost the will to live listening to this book! Kept with it hoping it would improve.
    All the characters were vile. So depressing.
  • (2/5)
    I would describe this book as, "New wine in old bottle", especially if you read this after "The Guest List". The plot is so similar to the other one.

    The plot for both books is: Friends meet at a remote place, friends' life is all screwed up, a murder happens. Whodunit?

    I will give that the suspense is much better in this book than the The Guest list but you won't miss much if you give this a pass. However, if you are what to read between The Hunting Party and The Guest House, I would read The Hunting Party.
  • (3/5)
    I thought it was ok but not as good as her The Guest House and The Guest Book.
  • (5/5)
    ....and i thought I knew the story!! Surprise!
    Enjoyed this very much!
  • (5/5)
    Literally finished this in one day! Entertaining from start to finish! The twist at the end was awesome!
  • (3/5)
    It took me forever to read this book. I switched between the audio book and the actual book. It was slow. It was ok but just wasn’t gripping.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully captures the essence of the characters. I highly recommend
  • (4/5)
    Though I guess two of the things that were happening pretty early on, I did not know who was the murderer and was fun to guess who it was at the end . It was such a good and quick read .
  • (5/5)
    A New Years to remember.
    A handful of friends coming together to follow tradition, a messy trip, lots of snow, and of course murder, what else could you ask for?
    Let’s start with this, wow Lucy Foley has such a way with story telling. I enjoy multiple points of view, unlikeable characters, questionable plots, and snowed in stories. If you enjoyed The Guest List, One by One by Ruth Ware, and An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, this story will be up your alley!
    We watch a group of friends come together and spend New Years Eve like always, this time in a hunting lodge where they’re snowed in, and someone is murdered. We go between different characters point of view, going from past to present, and watch as each person shows true face. Among our characters we have a couple who stays on the property, and 3 employees (2 live their) so there is a handful of options on who the killer is and why they have motive.
    Just like in Lucy’s story The Guest List we go back and forth between different characters and we start the story knowing someone is dead, and don’t know who until later. I really like the authors ability to do this. Like in The Guest List and One by One, I had a hard time with the unlikeable characters (but also liked), because again, it was for good reason. We go through the story with lots of twist and turns,and the ending... well it was definitely worth the read.
    The cold atmosphere and winter scene in the remote area made the whole story even creepier, as if it was a character on its own (I think that’s why I enjoy these story locations and weather so much). The scene of being trapped by the elements makes it so much worse.
    I absolutely loved this one, a five out of five for me. If have the ability listen to at least a part of the audiobook, it made it even more interesting for me.
  • (5/5)
    Loved the twists. A good read, highly recommend to the reader who loves a good thriller!
  • (2/5)
    !!![spoiler alert]!!!
    the setting is very interesting, the relations between the characters are well written, but the whole plot twist... it's so easy to write a mystery book where everything is blamed on a mentally ill person. This kind of cheap plot twist just perpetuates harmful stereotypes and is the easy way out. Disappointing to have wasted so much time on this :/
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book to listen to! I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing and this one kept my interest all the way to the end.
  • (4/5)
    Very fun! Near the end it spins a bit out of control but still fun!
  • (5/5)
    A great novel with all the suspense of Christie but set in modern day.
  • (5/5)
    Well done! I love the setting and various narrators doing the different characters. Good Murder mystery too!
  • (4/5)
    A fun listen. I enjoyed inhabiting the world the author created. Some nitpicks around pacing, but enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    I received this book for free free as part of an Instagram tour (TLC Book Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.As a whole, this was an okay thriller. There were some things I liked and some things I didn’t.My main issue was that the story was a little slow. It takes a while for the storyline to pick up. Usually with thrillers, I’ll be turning the pages like crazy trying to find out what happens next. But that didn’t happen with this book until the last 100 pages. There were also a lot of characters and it was hard at first to differentiate them all, especially with the point of view shifts. Speaking of points of view, there was a tad bit too much of inner dialogue whenever there was a switch. It sometimes felt a little unnecessary. As for what I liked, I found that the mood and tone were very effective. It really helped set the scene. The book was very atmospheric and really captured the eerie vibe of the Scottish woods. The reveal at the end was a little underwhelming but in a way I liked that simplicity. Sometimes thrillers go way out there, so it was nice to see one that didn’t. Overall, this wasn’t a mind blowing thriller in any way but I still found it entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley was an absolute blast. Last year I went through several weeks where all I wanted to read were murder mysteries and this was the first one from the recommended reading list. The Hunting Party is a psychological thriller taking place at an isolated hotel in the middle of the Scottish countryside during a snowstorm. There are a multitude of characters in this book but they're all such distinctly different personalities that you're unlikely to get character fatigue. [A/N: Did I just invent 'character fatigue'? If you ever tried to read Casual Vacancy then surely you understand what I'm talking about.] Stuck out in the Scottish highlands with no way to get help, a murder puts a real crimp on the New Year's festivities. Backtracking from two days prior to our main event, the reader is introduced to a group of friends who have known each other since college. There are cliques within this clique and not everyone is likable (in fact I don't recall particular loving any of them). You're trying to work out who the killer is along with the rest of them and the craziest thing is that I wasn't even totally sure who was dead until the last 20 pages! O_O If you're looking for a real page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat this is the one for you. 9/10 because the unnecessarily explicit sex scenes really turned me off.Let me know if you worked out who the killer was before it was revealed. (I did but it was made harder by my lack of confidence in who was actually dead. You'll get what I mean if you read it.)
  • (3/5)
    The Short of It:When a group of entitled friends get together to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a fancy hunting lodge during one of the worst blizzards ever, drama ensues.The Rest of It:The Hunting Party is a book that I added to my list long ago. I enjoy stories where the characters are essentially trapped, and forced to be with one another. This is definitely that. Over New Year’s Eve, these friends rent a hunting lodge to host the party of all parties, partake in a little hunting, and drink themselves right into the new year.What they don’t count on is the murder of one of their own, or that someone will commit adultery, or that someone is hiding a pregnancy.I enjoyed The Hunting Party but felt like it lagged a little mid-way through. I expected a very “Clue-like” experience and a lot more suspense but again, still enjoyable. I am looking forward to Foley’s new book The Guest List which comes out in May. I have a review copy so I hope to get to it very soon.For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter.