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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party

by Lucy Foley

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A peaceful Christmas getaway turns deadly in this locked-room murder mystery from the author of The Guest List.

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Why I love it

Rachel Howzell Hall
Author, And Now She's Gone

Everyone’s having a better life than me. We’ve all experienced FOMO—fear of missing out. Social media makes it worse because now, at any moment, we can see beautiful people doing wonderful things in gorgeous settings. Ugh. Something tugs at us as we scroll past these posts—envy, anger, exhaustion. Admit it: You want to be with those beautiful people. Well in The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley shows us what we’re missing—and how it might not be as perfect as it seems.

The book follows a group of best friends. There’s gorgeous Miranda and her equally hot husband Julien. There’s wonky lawyer Kate. Exhausted new parents Samira and Giles brought their baby along, while creepy Mark arrives with his wannabe-in-the-mix girlfriend, Emma. They’re all celebrating New Year’s Eve in the snowy highlands of Scotland at an exclusive hunting lodge managed by Heather and Doug, two people faced with their own emotional baggage. Did I tell you there’s also a serial killer loose in the highlands? And that cell-phone reception is spotty? Booze. Guns. What could go wrong?

Well I’ll tell you: Someone ends up dead. And who done it? Could’ve been anyone.

I loved how Foley stripped away each character to reveal underlying truths: (1) We aren’t who our friends think we are; (2) Just because we were pals back in the day doesn’t mean we have anything in common now; (3) One should never consume too much Champagne with rifles close at hand; and (4) Just as I suspected, snow stops being pretty once you’re trapped with killers. The Hunting Party was a thrilling read that kept me breathless—I hope you find the same.

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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.

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?

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Get an early look from the first pages of The Hunting Party.

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  • Fullerton, CA

    Even thought I called it from the beginning, I still enjoyed reading through the twists and turns. Sometimes it’s fun to reach the end and think, “I knew it.” Regardless, I still couldn’t put it down!

  • Jamestown, NC

    I’d give this book a good 4/5! It kept me interested the whole time and I liked how it jumped around in time. I just wish we got to see more of the “after” then just the epilouge. Overall, good thrill

  • Valley Park, MO

    Lucy Foley has yet to fail me. She weaves the story in a way that you don’t even know who you’re supposed to like or side with, and she had holding my breath for the last hundred pages! A masterpiece.

  • Shingle Springs , CA

    This is the second book I’ve read by Lucy Foley and I must say that I really dig her writing story. Like the first book, I could not pin point the killer. Great character building snd it pulls you in.

  • Kissimmee, FL

    Absolutely awesome book! Although I wished we would’ve gotten more with the ending, the book was so well written. I loved the characters, the salaciousness... felt like I was part of the book myself!

  • Anchorage, AK

    I preferred this to Lucy’s The Guest List which may be an uncommon opinion but either way, her books are great. Sometimes you just need a fast paced thriller to get you through & this does the trick.

  • durham, NC

    LOVE! Surprised by the ending and liked how things were tied up. Character development was really cool and some things hit close to home. Old friends dynamic was relatable. Not very scary but so good!

  • Waukesha, WI

    I thought I had it all figured out, but I definitely didn't see that end coming. Bonus: there were characters you hated and characters you rooted for only to be twisted around. Perf chilly night book.

  • Denver, CO

    I love Lucy Foley! I spent the whole book trying to figure out who the body was and who did it. There were little clues throughout that made me think it was one person then BAM twist! This was so good

  • Waukesha, WI

    I read One by One first, but I enjoyed this take so much more. More character development and the plot made more sense. I called one of the twists, but did not see the others coming! Love her writing.

  • Fort Worth, TX

    Because I liked the Guest List, I gave this book a try. I liked it SO much better! The characters were more developed, the story fast pace and the atmosphere ominous and leering. Great winter thriller

  • Puyallup, WA

    With a huge cast and 5 POV characters, The Hunting Party is multi-layered and keeps you guessing. There are many fissures among the friends, inspiring numerous theories about who could've killed whom

  • Binghamton, NY

    A suspenseful throw back to the cozy “one person in this room is a killer” genre, mixed with the “one person in this group is dead” question. But what makes this book special? The location!

  • Ellettsville, IN

    I really liked this book & read it fast. The switching narraters/perspectives were interesting and kept me intrigued. The ending wasn’t my favorite though, it felt very abrupt after so much build up

  • Rochester , WA

    Once again, Foley has a brilliant plot and characters who are very awful. I only liked a few of the characters but the story line made up for it immensely. Will definitely continue to read her books!

  • Richardson, TX

    A wonderful, fast paced whodunit that keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved and hated most of the POV characters, which makes it all the more engaging from start to finish. Highly recommend.

  • Bixby, OK

    This is like a whodunnit, but it's a modern take on it. It's fast paced and switches narration. I found many of the characters to be interesting. Their resentments towards each other were compelling.

  • Birmingham, AL

    This was a very quick read! I enjoyed following the story through each different character’s perspective. I was convinced that I knew who the murderer was, but in the end it really did surprise me!

  • Reston, VA

    I liked The Guest List, but LOVED The Hunting Party. Well developed characters that were both complex & superficial. The ending was surprising and the whole story felt relatable-aside from the murder

  • Windermere, FL

    Incredible writing that keeps you guessing right up until the end and leaves you shook. This was my second Lucy Foley read & I enjoyed both of them so thoroughly I’m about to buy all of her books.

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