THE HUNTING PARTY - LUCY FOLEY
Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Published: January 2019
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
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?
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was as pumped as Black Eyes Peas for this one. It had all the elements of the classic “whodunit” which we all know and love, and for those of you who have read her other novel, ‘The Guest List’’ (which I DEVOURED), it is very similar in format, but a solid difference in characters and environment. However fam, perhaps my slightly obscene addiction to domestic thrillers has proven me to be quite the predictor, because at 150 pages in, I was pretty confident I had figured it out (@taylamcdonnell, please provide the evidentiary screenshots) and from there, as much as I enjoyed the narrative and analysing the different characters, I felt like I was just awaiting the inevitable. Despite this, I would not hesitate to recommend it, as Lucy Foley’s writing never disappoints.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I found this one hard to rate. It had elements I loved, and elements I didn’t, which I guess puts it somewhere in the middle, right? 3/5 it is. Foley was brilliant at slowly feeding the reader well-developed backstories for each of her characters which YES allowed for depth and added complexity, but also pulled away from the suspense of the present tense (which let’s be real is the highlight of a mystery/thriller). Though one could probably argue it drew out the suspense, I guess? I also found with 10+ characters it took me half the book just to mentally map how each were connected. I can’t say the ending blew my mind either. BUT her writing is reliably compelling and detailed, especially when it came to creating the setting.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
"Miranda is sort of the friend who makes you bold. Who can make you feel six foot tall, almost as radiant as she is, as though you are borrowing a little of her light. Or she can make you feel like shit. Depending on her whim."
About Lucy Foley
The Daily Telegraph Interview Article
'Author Lucy Foley talks about her first thriller, The Hunting Party'
Read On Podcast
Interview with Lucy Foley