Review – The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley


Lucy Foley’s riveting murder mystery


originally published 2/12/19 is out in paperback and if you haven’t read it yet, you need to join this party now.



About The Hunting Party

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 3, 2020)

“My favorite kind of whodunit, kept me guessing all the way through, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best — with an extra dose of acid.” — Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning 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 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?








This is my first book by Lucy Foley, but I will admit to having her previous novels sitting in the book room on a stack of TBR.  Nothing against Lucy, if you saw the books I purchased and haven’t had a chance to read yet, you’d know I’m serious when I say we can build “Trumps Wall” with my TBR and it would be impenetrable.  I just hope I get a chance to read them before I get coronavirus.  I keep saying we should tell Trumpy the disease has “gone viral” and that he should stop tweeting because he may contract it via the internet.  Maybe we can get him to put his phone in a vat of hand sanitizer???   HA.

Ok, enough about the crazy state of the country.  I get on that topic and I can just sit here and type out snark til the cows come home.  (But be careful, those cows might have mad cow disease).  I’m done, I promise.  Let’s get on topic, this post is actually about the amazing Lucy Foley and her scintillating thriller THE HUNTING PARTY.

This book was originally published last year, and we are currently celebrating the release of the paperback version which came out last week with this fabulous book tour.    This one was voted one of the most anticipated thrillers of winter (prior to its release) by multiple outlets and currently has 4 solid stars on Amazon.  I flew through this one and just finished it last night.  Here are my thoughts:

I really love books that have a vague synopsis on the back. You know there is a murder, a mystery, and some bad stuff went down, no inflated expectations. Read the book and develop your own opinion. Because of this, I went into this read with an open mind and a heck of a lot of curiosity.

We started out with a very slow build that was intriguing enough to make you keep reading, and anxious enough to need to get back to it if you had to put it down. (Darn life getting in the way).
None of these characters are likable and I didn’t find myself caring about anyone but Heather, but it’s clear that’s how you are supposed to feel just by how the book is written. The entire book is spent trying to find out who is murdered and why. There is so much inner drama with these people that it’s almost like the murder isn’t even important, you’re too engrossed in all their personal crap. It’s like a car accident you can’t help but stare at while you drive by, yet you insist on looking because you know there is more that meets the eye right in front of you and you are trying to find the clues.

Then you hit the ending, and low and behold you find yourself saying ‘well I didn’t see that coming,” and are completely caught off guard. It’s understandable why this one is compared to the likes of Agatha Christie and Ruth Ware, because it was superbly written and truly keeps you guessing.  Truly a good read.

I really enjoyed this book and I can honestly recommend it as a quick and suspenseful read.  It gets 4 stars from me, and now I need to find the time to get to Lucy Foley’s previous novels, sitting upstairs on the TBR.  Wish me luck.

Thank you to @williamorrowbooks, @lucyfoleyauthor and @TLCBookTours for my gifted copy of this book.








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About Lucy Foley

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 The Book of Lost and Found and The Invitation. She lives in London.




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