All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirty something 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.
I hadn't heard of this when I read it last year, so I didn't really know what to expect. All in all, it's well thought out and not your typical murder/thriller.
The Hunting Party is a very easy read, so if you're stuck for something to read and don't know where to start then this is a great book for that. One thing I liked is that not only are you trying to figure out who the murderer is, but you also don't know who the victim is and don't find out until near the end. And I have to say, I love when the setting is up in the mountains, cut off from the rest of the world - it never gets old!
It's clever and the ending is unpredictable, which is a huge plus for me, because I normally guess the culprit in these murder/thrillers but did not predict the ending of this.
There's nothing bad to say about this book, it's worth a read if you're into this genre and I will definitely look to read other books by Foley.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
Easy to Read Unpredictable
“Some people, given just the right amount of pressure, taken out of their usual, comfortable environments, don’t need much encouragement at all to become monsters. And sometimes you just get a strong sense about people, and you can’t explain it; you simply know it, in some deeper part of yourself.”
Katie, I feel like she is a character a lot of readers can connect with and she felt the most real.