It is finally beginning to look like winter! While we’ve had a few snow flurries here and there, yesterday we finally got our first proper snow! Since I’ve always thought that snowy days are ideal for curling up with a good book, I decided to take the opportunity to spend the day wrapped up in my warmest blanket with a copy of Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party.
The Hunting Party is a murder mystery set at a hunting lodge in Scotland, which a group of old friends has rented for a reunion over New Year’s. While the group seems to quickly settle into their roles from their university days, enjoying the opportunity to reminisce and party, there is also an undercurrent of tension that is difficult for some members of the group to ignore.
Then one of the friends goes missing on New Year’s Day.
Snowed in, and with no hope of in-person police assistance until the weather breaks, the lodge staff immediately begins to search the surrounding wilderness. But what they find is their guest’s dead body…a body that does not appear to have died of natural causes.
I really enjoyed reading The Hunting Party! The mystery itself was very twisted, and kept me guessing all the way through the book. Nearly every character harbors some kind of secret, and each of the friends has a motive for murder. Even the identity of the murder victim remains a secret for the majority of the novel, which I thought was really clever.
One of the things that I found very interesting about this book is that the story is told in a non-linear manner. The book begins on the day the body is discovered, but then goes back to present the events that happened a few days earlier. Every few chapters, the reader gets more information about what is happening in the present, before returning to past events. This method of storytelling definitely increased my desire to continue reading, and made the novel unique in terms of its narrative pacing.
The book is also told from the perspectives of several different characters. While this isn’t my favorite method of telling a story, I actually really liked this choice on the part of the author. Each character has very different insights into what is going on, and the changing perspectives made The Hunting Party an even more interesting read.
Overall, I had an incredibly difficult time putting this book down, and actually ended up reading it from cover-to-cover in a single day!
If you are a fan of mysteries and looking for a great winter read, I highly recommend checking out The Hunting Party. I thought it was a fantastic read! If you do have the opportunity to read it for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!