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NEW YEAR. OLD FRIENDS.
IT’S A PARTY TO DIE FOR…
New Year, the Loch Corrin Estate: 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.
‘Ripping, riveting’ A. J. Finn
‘Clever, twisty and sleek’ Daily Mail
‘Unputdownable’ John Boyne
‘Foley is superb’ The Times
‘Chilling’ Adele Parks
‘Terrific, riveting’ Dinah Jefferies
‘A ripping, riveting murder mystery — wily as Agatha Christie, charged with real menace, real depth. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware’ – A. J. Finn
‘Very gripping and so good on the awfulness of some long-history friendships’ – Sophie Hannah
‘Hugely entertaining. Full of surprises. This is a clever, twisting page-turner of the highest order. I loved it’ – Simon Kernick
‘The suspense will keep you reading long after lights out’ – Woman and Home
‘I loved The Hunting Party – a gripping, eerie thriller set in a beautifully imagined remote wilderness with pitch-perfect characters’ – Laura Marshall
‘The Secret History meets And Then There Were None, this is a fantastic crime debut’ – Cass Green
'One of my favourite reads so far this year – beautifully written and full of chills’ – Cara Hunter
‘Secret upon secret and a healthy dose of deceit. You won't look at your old friends in the same way when you read this book’ – C.L. Taylor
‘Chilling. You won’t sleep’ – Adele Parks
‘Foley builds the tension cleverly and creepily, underlining the point that old friends aren’t always the best’ – Observer
‘Those who enjoyed The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Party by Elizabeth Day will love The Hunting Party’ – Pandora Sykes
‘The Hunting Party is an edge of the seat thriller with a fabulously chilling atmosphere. I absolutely loved it’ – Kate Hamer
‘Thrilling and atmospheric. I loved this thoroughly modern and glamorous update of the country house murder mystery’ – Tasmina Perry
‘A brilliant, addictive, claustrophobic read’ Karen Hamilton
‘Twisty, layered and compulsive. I raced through the pages in a hunt to discover the truth’ – Lucy Clarke
‘Secrets, lies, good plotting’ – Sarah Vaughan
‘Gripping and exciting and wonderfully written, of course, with such incredible characters and a wonderful twist that I really didn’t see coming’ – Louise O’Neill
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the author: “One January, we went to this place near Fort William. It was very isolated in the Highlands and not nearly as glamorous as in The Hunting Party, but wonderful. And as we were driving up and the weather was coming in, I was reading the instructions from the estate and the rental cottage, which said, ‘In the event of very heavy snowfall, you may find that you are unable to leave the grounds. And that immediately got me thinking it would be the perfect setting for a murder mystery. I’m always trying to write the book that I want to read. And I just really wanted to read what felt like a really contemporary take on the classic murder mystery. I also thought at the same time, it’s such a fun place to get a group of friends to go up for New Year’s Eve. The two ideas converged in a rather evil way! We literally spent our week there plotting out the book and where things would happen. My husband quite enjoys that, I think, traipsing around and being like, ‘Oh, this will be a great place for the body to be discovered.’ I’m also fascinated by people like Miranda—you want to be in their orbit even as you try to pull away from them. I’ve met so many people like that, so I wanted to look at a friendship group that revolves around this star, a sort of golden girl. Miranda expected everything to be handed her on a plate. But university was her peak, and post-university, life hasn’t quite turned out how she thought it would. I’m fascinated by that as well and how someone deals with this failure by living in a sort of fantasy.”
Historical novelist Foley (The Invitation) makes an auspicious thriller debut. Nine close friends, four of them couples, gather for their extravagant annual New Year's getaway this time at Loch Corrin, a remote estate in the Scottish Highlands a decade after most of them graduated from Oxford. Tensions, sexual and otherwise, first flare during the lengthy, alcohol-lubricated train trip from London on December 30, fanned by charismatic, capricious Miranda the golden girl most men want to be with and more than a few women long to become. At the Loch Corrin station, they're met by Doug, the estate's odd, though hunky, gamekeeper; at Loch Corrin, they encounter unexpected additional guests: a pair of strange Icelandic backpackers. Things start to go seriously wrong with the arrival of a blizzard that will soon cut off the 50,000-acre spread from the outside world. And then one of them disappears. Foley spins her story skillfully through multiple narrators, and if she's less sure-handed with character, this still makes for a cracklingly suspenseful story for a long winter's night.
Dysfunction within the Inner Circle
For most of the narrative, this is not just a whodunnit but also who-is-the body. The major protagonists in this tale are the environment and the weather. The human characters are all flawed and possible killers. The denouement holds an unexpected twist and character.
A weekend away amongst friends that turns to disaster. Common enough in real life but rarely turns to murder. Good read that gallops along for most of the time. Drags a bit at the end.
Be prepared to stay up all night
Haven’t found a good thriller in a while until this, had such good a twist!