The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley


All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

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?”


A group of “friends”, a hunting lodge and in the deep of the Scottish wilderness for the New Year, isolated after a snow fall and one of them turns up dead.

This is a classic murder mystery story, littered with hints throughout, eventually leading you to the main question of “Who dunnit?” When you think of a classic murder mystery, you think or Agatha Christie, with the detective, however, although this did have that Christie feeling to it, this was done in such an interesting way, where the readers were also unaware of who the victim was, until close to the end. This story was told from multiple perspectives, also jumping from the past to present, which did get a little confusing at first.

This book was littered with clues throughout and I did guess who both the killer and the victim was, even guessing the possible reason behind it. This let me down a little bit as I would’ve liked to have been surprised, but it was also good as it showed that Lucy Foley did a good job with her writing and at inserting clues and reasons in places for the readers to pick up on. The Hunting Party, the writing and the story had me hooked and I finished it within 24 hours because of how good it was and I needed to know how it ended.

The setting of where this book takes place, immediately sets you up for a creepy and thrilling read and it doesn’t disappoint. That creepy and secluded atmosphere was perfect for this book and it created the perfect setting for something like this to take place in and I could imagine the terror of not knowing who to trust, while being trapped and unable to escape.

I received this book as a gift, not knowing the author and not knowing that her new book The Guest List was going to become so popular and I am so thankful for this random gift, as I not only loved this book, but now I am excited to read her new book. Fingers crossed she’s going to become a new favourite author.

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

2 thoughts on “The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley

  1. Great review! I can tell that some of the aspects of the book worked really well and glad to see that you enjoyed it. I recently read her new book, The Guest List, which also has a very atmospheric setting but was unfortunately a little disappointed by the plot and ending.


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