The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley #BookReview

About this book…



Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

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

The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

My review…

This book!!! As soon as I finished it I messaged a friend to say “You have GOT to order this book NOW!” Isn’t it wonderful when you read a book and know exactly who to recommend it to! If you love character driven, Agatha Christie-esque mysteries set in atmospheric, eerie locations then The Hunting Party is going to knock your socks off. It reminded me in a way of Ruth Wares debut “In A Dark Dark Wood” but with champagne and drugs! You really must put aside a few hours to read this book because once you join The Hunting Party you won’t be leaving until after the kill!

As with all the best psychological thrillers, there is a slow build up whilst we are introduced to this rather unappealing and self absorbed group of university friends as they make their way to Scotland to celebrate New Year together. When you throw together a bunch of the most unlikeable characters then sparks are guaranteed to fly and that’s even before they find “the body”. It did take me a while to establish who was who and their connections to each other (Mark and Nick I got confused with to begin with but that’s probably just me!) but once they were settled into their isolated cabins at the lodge where they were staying, it was much easier to recognise the different personalities. Miranda was a particularly unlikeable member of the group and I found her attitude towards her oldest friends completely baffling!

Told in multiple POVs and different timelines it isn’t until quite near the end that we find out who has been murdered, why and by whom. But I have to say that the twists and turns really did pull me in so many different directions that, although I thought I knew what was happening and why, I was much further off the mark than I usually am! So that’s another reason why I absolutely loved this book! It’s a fascinating look at how the toxic relationships we make can’t be easily escaped as they have become a habit that’s much too hard to break. But the breakup here when it comes is VERY extreme indeed!

If you’re after a gripping, character based and darkly atmospheric storyline then The Hunting Party is a must for your TBR pile. This one is going to be HUGE!

Highly recommended by me!

Meet the author…

Lucy Foley writes bestselling escapist, epic fiction that has been compared to Victoria Hislop, Santa Montefiore, Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley and is perfect for summer reading or as a bookclub choice. Lucy’s books have been translated into 16 languages. She worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry – during which time she wrote her first novel. Lucy now writes full-time, and is busy travelling the world (for research, naturally!) and working on her next book. LAST LETTER FROM ISTANBUL is her latest novel.

Her first thriller, THE HUNTING PARTY, publishes in January 2019 and is a Scottish-highlands-set murder mystery which has been compared to Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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