This is a new author to me and I really like finding out whether I will enjoy an authors work or not. It took me a while to get into this book. There are a lot of characters, and it was a little confusing at first trying to remember who was with whom and how they were connected, but after the first couple of chapters I soon had it sorted.
The story is about nine friends, who spend every New Year’s eve together. This year they have hired a lodge and cabins in the Highlands of Scotland. The only other people around are Heather – the manager, Doug – the Gamekeeper, Liam – the handyman, and two unexpected Icelandic travellers. To say that nobody has the New Year that they are expecting is an understatement!
This is a mystery with a twist. Not only do we not know who the murderer is until the very end, we also don’t know who the victim is. It certainly was an interesting way of writing the story that keeps the reader wondering and trying to piece information together about who either party could be. There is a lot of backstory about the characters throughout this book which does have relevance when it is all tied together but I wouldn’t say that there was anything definitive to give the game away, but that is just me.
The story is told from the point of view of three of the female ‘friends’, as well as Heather and Doug. It also switches between the past and the present, which adds some more intrigue to the story as we still don’t know who has died. Very well written in that regard.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is well written and has some very interesting characters. I will be reading more by this author in future.
ARC Review – Courtesy of Netgalley
The Hunting Party is the author’s first crime novel and is described as combining elements of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (HarperCollins) and The Secret History (Penguin) by Donna Tartt.
The novel follows a a tight-knit group of Oxford university alumni as they celebrate New Year’s Eve in the wilderness of the Loch Corrin Estate in Scotland. A HarperFiction spokesperson said: “In these wild, white climes the group reminisce, go deer stalking, and hide friendship-destroying secrets, secrets that set a razor-sharp sequence of events in motion, culminating with a broken body in the snow.”