Friends with secrets, couples and strangers, a secluded hunting lodge and a dead body make for some intriguing elements.
The Hunting Party starts off with an unknown dead body and we are left till the end to find out who it is from a group of thirty-somethings who come together in a secluded hunting lodge to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We learn from some background into the characters just how unlikable these characters are. The more we see just how unlikable they are we see that it could be any one of them and any one of them could be the murderer.
Lucy Foley does a good job here creating some interesting characters and dynamics between them. They are unique from each other with secrets from their past or things they don’t want each other to know. We have the beautiful one who is now part of the golden couple, the one who was the unlikely friend, the outsider to the group, the new parents and the gay couple. We also have the staff of the hunting lodge who also have backstories with secrets. Sounds a bit stereotyped but hey they all make great characters right? At times with so many characters, I struggled with keeping them apart and their backstories.
The first half of the story was slow-paced for me and I really wanted the story to pick up and find out what happened instead of all the background that I felt weighted down the story. The second half picked up and I started to turn the pages faster right to the reveal of who was dead and who was the killer. The ending could be rewarding or not! For me not so much. When it all came together it was all so predictable and I can’t believe I didn’t take the time to figure anything out. Now this one is brilliantly written with the structure to the story and is like a modern version of a classic golden age crime novel. I enjoyed that element to the story and this is something I am thinking will appeal to many readers.
Thank you to Harpercollins and Edelweiss for a copy to read and review.
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