The Hunting Party
"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?
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About the AuthorLucy Foley, 28, worked as an editor at Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. She holds an MA in Modern Fiction from University College London.
"Like a deliciously drawn out game of Clue, this novel brings together a group of Oxford friends at a remote Scottish highlands estate for the Christmas holidays....Foley paints such a vivid hunting-lodge-and-lochs setting that you'll immediately be booking your own highland fling, clandestine killers or no."--National Geographic
"Lucy Foley proves that the traditional country-house murder formula...can still work brilliantly.... Superb.--Times (London)
"Everyone is a suspect in Lucy Foley's clever murder mystery that harkens back to Agatha Christie and the Orient Express. Friends, lovers, strangers and murder at a secluded hunting lodge make for an absolutely delicious read!"--Wendy Walker, author of the national bestseller All Is Not Forgotten
"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
"An addictive murder mystery full of suspense, secrets and surprises. I loved it!"--Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie
"Psychological suspense that rivets. Imaginatively conceived and deftly executed."--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"An auspicious thriller debut...a cracklingly suspenseful story for a long winter's night."--Publishers Weekly
"Foley excels at the small details that make up a person... builds the tension cleverly and creepily, underlining the point that old friends aren't always the best."--The Observer (London)
"A great update on the classic country house murder... brilliantly builds the tension."--Good Housekeeping, UK
"A claustrophobic, compulsive read."--Tatler (UK)
"The suspense will keep you reading long after lights out."--Woman & Home (UK)
"Anyone who's grown apart from old friends will recognize the yearning depicted here to make everything as it was....Readers are left wondering until the end which guest has died as well as who the killer is; they will be well rewarded by the story's ending."--Booklist
"Very gripping and so good on the awfulness of some long-history friendships!"--Sophie Hannah
"Hugely entertaining. Full of surprises. This is a clever, twisting page-turner of the highest order. I loved it."--Simon Kernick
"A brilliant, addictive, claustrophobic read."--Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
"I loved THE HUNTING PARTY - a gripping, eerie thriller set in a beautifully imagined remote wilderness with pitch-perfect characters."--Laura Marshall
"The Secret History meets And Then There Were None, this is a fantastic crime debut."--Cass Green
"A first rate murder mystery with a cast of well crafted characters, secret upon secret and a healthy dose of deceit. You won't look at your old friends in the same way when you read this book. I hugely enjoyed it. Guaranteed to be a huge hit."--C.L. Taylor
"Thrilling and atmospheric. I loved this thoroughly modern and glamorous update of the country house murder mystery."--Tasmina Perry
"Twisty, layered and compulsive. I raced through the pages in a hunt to discover the truth."--Lucy Clarke
"[A] brilliant, edgy book about friendship and obsession. Atmospheric, spooky, dripping with threat, it's a book to dig your claws into and not let go."--Julia Crouch
"Brilliant characterisation. And great fun!"--Harriet Tyce
"It was gripping and exciting and wonderfully written, of course, with such incredible characters and a wonderful twist that I really didn't see coming. I bloody loved it."--Louise O'Neill
"Reminded me of The Party mixed with In a Dark Dark Wood with a dash of And Then There Were None."--Sarah Vaughan
"Grab a blanket and read the surprising things that happen when highly educated English people let their hair down."--Mystery Scene
“Fans of Ruth Ware will likely rip through The Hunting Party at warp speed.”--Popsugar
"A tense, perfectly paced murder mystery."--People