The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley


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

This book was so clever. As if Agatha Christie, wrote a murder mystery where the characters of Big Little Lies were playing a game of Clue.

“A tense, perfectly paced murder mystery.”

— People 

In most murder mysteries you have a murder, and the book takes you through a journey to find the killer. This one does that, BUT…. not only do you not find out who the killer is until the end, you also don’t find out who was murdered until the end!

A group of nine old friends reunite for a New Year’s celebration at a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands. By morning, only eight remain. The survivors must seek the killer among them.

It’s definitely a new premise that had me hooked from the beginning in a race to the end to find out who had died and who murdered them.

Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has secrets.

The group is a bunch of used-to-be college friends and they all are pretty awful. They’ve cheated, they’ve lied, and with every turn of the page we learn yet another sin or secret they hide. The caretakers of the estate are definitely more relatable and likeable, but they also harbor secrets which makes for a whodunit of epic proportions.

“My favorite kind of whodunit, kept me guessing all the way through, and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best — with an extra dose of acid.”

— Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient

Who is dead? And who is the killer?

Add in the Scottish Highlands setting with haunting isolation and treacherous snowy conditions, and you’ve got another sinister and creepy character all on its own. The middle was a tad slow for me but it lead to a fantastic build up of twists and reveals at the end.

The Hunting Party is out in paperback NOW and it’s a Barnes & Noble Mystery & Thriller Book of the Month! Lucy also has a new thriller out soon, The Guest List, coming May 5, 2020 …. which is getting fantastic early buzz!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours, William Morrow Books and Lucy Foley for this gifted book to read and review!


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062868918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062868916

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Book:

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 30, 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: admiration of 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 one of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

Abut the Author:

71iH48AlQ5L._SY200_Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages.

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