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The Hunting PartyIn The Hunting Party seven friends meet up to ring in the New Year together at a remote wilderness lodge Two days later one of them is dead Told in alternating perspectives from three of the friends as well as in alternating Timelines One Leading Up To The Fateful one leading up to the fateful and one in the immediate aftermath it begs the uestions what happened who was killed and whyAnd here is ssentially the first issue with this book w A New Year s Reunion In The Remote Scottish Wilderness The beautiful one The golden couple The volatile one The new parents The uiet one The city boy The outsiderOne of these friends is a murderer And one won t make it out alive JOIN THE PARTY NOW That was on the back of the ARC and it sums it up nicely I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway These people are supposed to be friends but I think they all lost that along the way I didn t like a particular person in the group although there were a couple that were okay It seemed most of them had different secrets what lse is new I liked the idea of being on a getaway to Scotland but not with a bunch of nuts but real friends And of course no hunting involved These crazies get snowed in and one dies who did it I know but I m not telling The story goes back and forth from a few days when they get there to January after the murder They were supposed to be having New Year s together What a way to ring in the new year I thought the book was okay and the location helped I m sure plenty of people will love it though Happy Reading Mel Keep your friends close and your nemies closer On finishing this novel I have no idea how this lot called themselves friends to begin with I had mixed feelings about The Hunting Party as while I liked the idea for the story it was very drawn out and the characters all seemed to blend together I was constantly uestioning the character s actions and the situations they got themselves into on the holidayI did like the setting of this novel an isolated state in the Scottish Highlands the perfect getaway for a group of thirty something friends looking for scapism during the New years holiday break This was a tradition that the friends kept for the past ten years and this years location seemed idyllic until the unthinkable happens This book starts out pretty strong and I was attracted to this one as the premiese sounded so ntertaining and suspensful While I njoy well rounded dislikable characters in a novel this lot had no redeeming features whatsoever and I really couldn t have cared less about how any one of them fared out by the story s conclusion I was actually hoping that Nessy the loch Ness Monster might make an appearance in the loch and gobble them all up actually that might have been believable The story goes through bits of their college days and might have been believable The story goes through bits of their college days and but I struggled staying invested in their boring lives This is the type of novel that plods along and you begin to wonder if it will ver nd I didn t find it suspensful and although there were a couple of twists and turns along the way I think they came a little late in the story to redeem the book While I finished the Novel and found it to be an ok read I could not get past how a bunch of characters could be so dislikable or how much they seemed to dislike or resent ach other and still nd up on holiday together at Christmas timeAn ok read but a little too drawn out for me I ve read this story approximately 1000 times before yet I still njoyed it There s something about the Agatha Christie sue classic murder mystery that just ministers to my soul Pleased to announce that this is the ScaredSuspenseBookClub pick for March We are offering one finished Everyone's invited Everyone's a suspect 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 state in the Scot. ,
Ard copy in a giveaway on the account this is open internationally To follow along for discussions updates and to nter the giveaway please follow scaredsuspensebookclub on Instagram 3 isolated lodge checkvariety of characters checkdead body check this has verything you could want from classic whodunnit and i would have loved this if only it werent EXACTLY like LFs other novel the guest and i mean xactly same format same type of characters same set up and plot same atmosphere the only differences are the location Reason For Gathering And for gathering and motive so this felt very much like a recycled story and made the mystery less fun i also found the pacing to be uite slow the story only takes place over the course of three days but nothing happens its very much character focused which is fine but i feel like i already read about these characters before however i will say that with the changing POVs i do think listening to this as an audiobook could be fun so i may give that a try sometime in the future to see if it changes my opinion 35 stars You guys know I love my ass a closed room mysteryThis one features a remote location in Scotland over New Year s Eve with a crap ton of frenemies who harbor secrets grudges and personality disorders I couldn t wait to find out who got conked who did it and whyI was not disappointedI listened to this on Audible and it was fantastic 35 stars The Hunting Party is an Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy entertaining mystery about a group of seven friends who spend New Year s Eve in the Scottish Highlands at a hunting lodge By thend one winds up dead changing all of their lives forever At the same time a serial killer is on the loose the lodge is unreachable due to an intense snowstorm and some of the guests have lost their minds Three couples and one singleton all of whom became friends 10 years ago while attending Oxford University travel from London to the Scottish Highlands for a NYE celebration While members of the group have been friends for uite some time distance and other issues have resulted in deeply hidden resentments forming inexcusable deceptions and crazy craziness developing all of which are revealed on this ill fated trip 35 This one is tough I REALLY liked the characters and their dark backstory s but I guessed the two main twists arly on in the book still fun though This is a hugely njoyable modern version of a classic golden age crime novel a psychological thriller with the Christie like tropes of a country house only here we have a remote and desolate xclusive hunting lodge situated next to a loch in the bleak and forbidding wintry landscapes of the Scottish Highlands There is a group of thirty something longstanding close friends from Oxford University who for the last decade have always gathered together over the New Year period It begins with New Year s Day 2019 when gamekeeper Doug and lodge manager Heather discover a missing guest on the state it is inescapably clear that it is no accident and that a murder has been committed Heavy and blustery snowstorms have cut the area off and the police are unable to respond Without revealing who the victim is until near the Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival end the narrative goes back and forth over the days since the group arrive revealing that below the surface of the jollity and apparent closeness of the friends lurk dark murky secrets uestions about the supposed friendships between them andxposure of the deep fissures that lay hidden from view Emma a relative newbie to the group and girlfriend of Mark has organised the hunting lodge for the gathering in her desperate Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, efforts to fit in and be accepted into this longstablished group of privileged and. Tish Highlands the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselvesThey arrive on December 30th just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside worldTwo days later on New Year’s Day one of them is deadThe trip began innocently nough admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery champagne in front of a crackling fire and rem. Entitled individuals The beautiful attention grabbing and popular Miranda with her good looking husband Julien are the nviable golden couple Samira and Giles are the couple with a 6 month daughter Priya that curtails their previous ability to be the total party animals they used to be Nick is gay and has been in a long term relationship with his partner American Bo a man that has recovered from a history of drug "Addition The Reserved Katie A High Powered London Lawyer Is "The reserved Katie a high powered London lawyer is single one with a history of being the closest friend of the glamorous Miranda since schooldays but her career has meant that recently they have seen little of ach other Amidst the partying binge drinking and drugs secrets begin to merge lives unravel and the killer s identity slowly comes to be revealedLucy Foley writes a chilling atmospheric crime mystery laden with an air of menace set in the most beautiful of locations but which carrys its own dangers with freezing conditions and snow blizzards As well as the Oxford group there is the unexpected addition of two Icelanders at the lodge Ingvar and Gudrun Heather has past trauma that triggered the move to work in the most loneliest of places and Doug an x marine still suffers from PTSD leading him to seek the isolation of the state as he cannot bear to be amongst other people Foley provides us with a diverse cast of characters as suspects trapped on the Desire in Seven Voices estate with many in the Oxford group not being particularly likeable human beings This is a fabulouslyntertaining and riveting murder mystery that I am sure will appeal to many crime aficionados Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC Frenemies Isolated Location Blizzard MurderYou re speaking my language Lucy FoleyWhen it is Emma s turn to for an ARC Frenemies Isolated Location Blizzard MurderYou re speaking my language Lucy FoleyWhen it is Emma s turn to the annual Friends Getaway for New Year s Eve holiday she is looking to impress Emma by pairing up with Mark has become included in the group but has never truly felt welcomedThe rest of the crew made up of Samira Miranda Katie Mark Giles and Julien have been friends since their days together at Oxford Thusly they have a well stablished though complex history together Since University they have continued to stay in touch with the annual New Year s Eve getaway as their biggest vent of the yearEmma desperately wants to be accepted and this is her chance by hosting the best holiday they ve ver had She goes all out booking a swanky private hunting lodge in the remote mountains of ScotlandAnxious for their holiday the train ride and first night start off with a bangEveryone is in high spirits the champagne is flowing freely and although there are a few tense moments all goes fairly wellBut as the days drag on and the friends find themselves snowed in at the lodge tempers flare resentments resurface and unreuited feelings come to light I loved this book It was fun from start to finish I njoyed the format the dynamic among the friends the mystery and the reveals I understand this book may not be for veryone but if you njoy atmospheric locked room mysteries you should definitely check this outThis felt like The Lying Game meets Murder on the Orient Express with modern taboo twists This seems like an odd mash up I know but it s trueThe format follows multiple narratives and ven dual timelines but I never had any issues following it I think Foley did a great job of weaving it all together It was tense and compelling and I could not put it downThank you so much to the publisher William Morrow for sending me a copy of this book to read and review I truly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to reading from Foley in the future I will definitely pick up anything lse she writes. Iniscences 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 snapsNow one of them is dead and another of them did itKeep your friends close the old adage goes But just how close is too clos.