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The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Everyone's invited. Everyone's a suspect. 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&rsqu...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062868916
ISBN-10: 0062868918
Publication Date: 3/3/2020
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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MKSbooklady avatar reviewed The Hunting Party on + 924 more book reviews
Lots of characters doing lots of drinking, lots of "I was so drunk....". And not just regular old drunk. Drunk on 'Dom', that very expensive champagne we all guzzle down with our dear old friends. Despite an interesting story, this 'plot device' gets old. The lesson learned with this book, Don't drink so damn much.
reviewed The Hunting Party on + 30 more book reviews
This was an intriguing story.
dizz avatar reviewed The Hunting Party on + 617 more book reviews
I should have waited for a movie.
VolunteerVal avatar reviewed The Hunting Party on + 574 more book reviews
Set around New Year's Eve, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley was a nice contrast to the Christmas books I've been reading.

Ten years ago several Oxford students celebrated New Year's Eve together, and they've continued the annual tradition even as their group expanded through marriage, relationships, and children. This year they're gathering in a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish highlands to reconnect, eat good food, and drink to excess. Before their time together is complete, one of them is dead, and another may be the murderer.

I enjoy novels where the "big event" is disclosed fairly early and the rest of the story gradually fills in the details of the characters and events leading up to it, and that's the case here. Readers know a body has been found, but the gender isn't disclosed so we have to piece together clues to figure out who met their demise. I also like a fairly large cast of characters who have 'messy' relationships with each other, and a group of college chums is perfect fodder for this "trope." Many secrets are disclosed on this getaway.

I enjoyed this via audiobook with full cast narration by Imogen Church, Gary Furlong, Elle Newlands, Moira Quirk, and Morag Sims. Their lovely voices with rich accents put me firmly in the setting and helped me follow the characters.
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I checked this out on audio from the library because I heard it compared to Agatha Christie's work. I was disappointed by the fact that you do not know who was murdered for quite a long time. After lots of red herrings and reveals, the ending was kind of simple.
cyndij avatar reviewed The Hunting Party on + 1030 more book reviews
It's a classic "English country house" murder mystery, although with more of a psychological suspense feel; there's no detective working to unravel the various alibis. Despite the jacket copy I wouldn't call it a thriller, the pacing is too deliberate for that. I found the first-person present-tense POV, shifting every chapter, mixed with one third-person POV, rather irritating. But we can tell from that structure who's important in the story and who can be disregarded. Foley gives only two sympathetic characters (IMO) which also helped me guess the murderer. It mostly unfolded the way I expected, but there were a few surprises, and although I didn't find it "un-put-down-able", it kept my interest.
rkats avatar reviewed The Hunting Party on
I couldn't get past the first couple pages as the writing was so redundant.


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