The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First U.S. edition
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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. 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. On New Year's Day, one of them is dead, and another of them did it.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062868909
006286890X
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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Commacontrol
Apr 02, 2020

This book was okay. Descriptions of the lodge and the area of Scotland were good, but the characters weren't very likeable and I never got attached to any of them. The identify of the victim is kept from the reader but was fairly easy to guess. A bit of twist as to the killer though.

CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

An homage to the classic locked room mystery, this chilling suspense novel perfectly evokes its Highland setting. In an intriguing twist, the author keeps readers guessing about which character has been found murdered, building tension as the plot ticks away. The alternating viewpoints between the posh, upper-class friends and the two secretive caretakers provide plenty of momentum up to the ending's reveal. With plenty of red herrings and potential suspects, fans of classic mysteries might appreciate this nod to the oeuvre.

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hollyharkener
Oct 05, 2019

There are worse reads, but this isn't what I'd call "good." None of the characters are remotely likable. The plot tries so hard to be gripping, but it's really just kind of meh. And it's too bad about the copyediting... is it really that hard to learn how to use a comma?

JCLPiepieB Jul 24, 2019

Clever, creepy, and compelling! I would love to see this made into a movie.

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 18, 2019

An enjoyable, creepy whodunnit murder mystery. The tension among these frienemies is palpable, and the twists will keep you guessing.

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heavenne
Jul 02, 2019

The mystery element (what little of it) was there and it came and went throughout the chapters. When all is final and revealed well, it’s all right but it’s not the best either. There’s not much in the way of background information and if there was, not much is given and the characters have no substance at all. The plot comes up empty and the whole thing with Iain, was that meant to be a red herring? This entire story just didn’t amount to what I thought it would. It’s disappointing as I wanted to like the book and was hyped for it.

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 22, 2019

RATING: 3 STARS
2019; William Morrow/Harper Collins
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The story kept me reading, or rather listening, even when the characters were screaming at me to go away. Even when I realized it was predictable I was still listening. This one was a hard one to rate. I didn't like the story or the characters, but felt invested for some reason. I would not recommend it or not recommend it. Lol, I am just confused on if I liked it.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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babbo47
Apr 28, 2019

Hard to put down... plot moves quickly with interesting characters.
Better than most for this kind of book....

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