Name: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Number of Pages: 400 (Hardback)
Published: January 24th 2019 by HarperCollins
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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.
The Hunting Party takes us to the isolated wilderness of the Scottish Highlands during winter for a New Year celebration that may become unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.
It’s a whodunnit with a difference in that you don’t find out until almost the end of the novel who has actually been killed, so that makes it a bit difficult if, like me, you enjoy playing along and trying to work out the facts from the red herrings. With that in mind I just went along with it, rather than trying to work it out, although it’s not so hard to guess which of these mostly unlikeable characters will meet their demise.
So, I was a little surprised that in the end I actually settled on the right ‘who’, and I even picked up on the ‘why’ as well. I absolutely love it when a murder mystery sends me off in totally the wrong direction only to blind me with the simple truth that was there all along, but I didn’t get that with this book.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I kept finding myself thinking ‘just one more chapter…’ as I wanted to know what would happen next.
I don’t think I can remember the last time I read something with such a majority of unlikeable characters, but whereas sometimes that puts me off, in this case it didn’t, it kept reading because I wanted to know for certain who had met their demise.
And secrets? Not one of these people is simple or straight forward, they all have things to hide, or things alluded to in the past.
Even the members of the staff at the lodge appear to have interesting pasts too, and all these hidden things make for some interesting revelations as the story progresses.
I loved the setting of the Highland lodge with it’s mix of modern and old-style, and the vastness of the surrounding loch and woodland really came to life throughout. The isolation, lack of phone signal and wi-fi, accompanied by the real possibility of being cut off altogether should the weather turn bad, (and you just know that’s going to happen) made this a perfect book to snuggle down with, with the heating on and a cup of tea.
The Hunting Party was an entertaining, page-turning murder mystery.