The Hunting Party – Published 2018
“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?” – Goodreads
Alright, to be completely honest I liked The Guest List so much more than this one. I did the audio for this one, and I liked that, but I thought this book was just so much like TGL, and even though it was written first, it didn’t measure up for me.
That being said, it’s still a good book. I love an isolated room mystery, especially in winter in the middle of nowhere. I also thought the character dynamics were really interesting; this is a pretty intense group of adult friends. Their problems vary from infertility to infidelity, jealousy and stalking. I was definitely here for the drama, and it had plenty.
That being said, I have some qualms. Some characters are really developed, and some not so much. The character with a young baby was kind of pushed to the side (as moms sometimes are…), when her story could have been really intriguing. I also thought the intensity could have been upped a bit when it came to finding the body and waiting for help to arrive. Give me all of the chills, you know?
Overall, I think this is a good book (great audio) to keep you occupied while you’re cleaning the house or scrolling through #bookstagram, but it didn’t captivate me the way TGL did!