Something a bit different …
I teamed up with Kirsty from Ramblings of the book addict on a buddy read of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. It was great fun to have someone to discuss progress and final thoughts with! So for this review we are going to do things a little differently. Kirsty and I have been working on a collab posting where we both share our thoughts on this read.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Genre: Suspense, Thriller & Mystery
BUG Rating: 4.5/5
Kirsty’s Rating: 4/5
I’m suddenly aware of how visible we would be from outside, lit up like insects in a jar … or actors on a stage, blinded by the floodlights to the watching audience. Anyone could be out there, hidden in the blackness, looking in without our knowing.
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
Not an accident – a murder among friends.
What I loved about the book:
To start with, this isn’t what I thought it would be, it’s not, in my opinion a traditional thriller, it’s a suspense novel – and a gripping one at that!
The story is based around a group of old (and some new) friends who get together in a remote location, in Scotland, for a New Year’s reunion. One of the group members ends up dead, and given the location and severe weather conditions – the murderer must be one of them? Who would do such a thing? Why?
There is a huge emphasis on the backstory of the characters in the group, which I absolutely love, and the chapters are told from the perspective of several of the main characters and bring their views, story and of course secrets. The book keeps you guessing for some time on who the victim and killer both are, which became apparent was critical to the character development and backstories.
I really enjoyed The Haunting Party – it was a captivating, addictive read and can’t wait to read more from Lucy Foley!
What Kirsty loved about the book:
This book was a good read for me. I love thrillers and this book had me guessing until the very end. I loved that I was left wondering who was murdered right until the end and even though I thought I had the book figured out it still managed to make me second guess myself.
I enjoyed the way it was written from several characters points of view. I also thought it was very clever how Foley had out the book so you got to see the same things happening to certain characters and how they were reacting to them.
My favourite thing about this book had to be the setting. The remote Scottish location really tied the book together and it was described so well that I could practically picture myself right there. The book is set in winter so the location, for me, was perfect.
I had a real love hate relationship with Miranda, she is everything everyone wants to be, yet at the same time, not. She’s smart, but not too smart, she’s beautiful (very), she’s unpredictable, daring and exciting. Yet she also has a dark side, she can be manipulative, selfish, and just plain mean. Throughout the story I became to appreciate Miranda and even feel sorry for her. She was probably the character I ended up having the biggest emotional connection with, which really surprised me.
I quite liked reading about all the characters in this book. (Apart from Miranda, as much as I felt sorry for her she was super annoying.) I really liked Katie because she seemed to be so innocent, yet her secrets and true colours shocked me the most.
I liked Doug’s character as well since he was very mysterious and I really wasn’t sure for alot of the book whether or not he was to be trusted. He was also a very flawed character and had a troubled past that we discovered throughout the book.