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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,423 ratings  ·  372 reviews
The Hunting Party is the author’s first crime novel and is described as combining elements of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (HarperCollins) and The Secret History (Penguin) by Donna Tartt.

The novel follows a a tight-knit group of Oxford university alumni as they celebrate New Year’s Eve in the wilderness of the Loch Corrin Estate in Scotland. A HarperFiction s
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by William Morrow
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This is a hugely enjoyable modern version of a classic golden age crime novel, a psychological thriller with the Christie like tropes of a country house, only here we have a remote and desolate exclusive hunting lodge situated next to a loch in the bleak and forbidding wintry landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. There is a group of thirty something longstanding close friends from Oxford University, who for the last decade have always gathered together over the New Year period. It begins with Ne ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

The Hunting Party is an entertaining mystery about a group of seven friends who spend New Year's Eve in the Scottish Highlands at a hunting lodge. By the end, one winds up dead changing all of their lives forever. At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose, the lodge is unreachable due to an intense snowstorm, and some of the guests have lost their minds!

Three couples and one singleton, all of whom became friends 10 years ago while attending Oxford University, travel from Lon
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
A New Year's Reunion In The Remote Scottish Wilderness . . .

•The beautiful one
•The golden couple
•The volatile one
•The new parents
•The quiet one
•The city boy
•The outsider

One of these friends is a murderer. And one won't make it out alive.


(That was on the back of the ARC and it sums it up nicely) *I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway.

These people are supposed to be friends but I think they all lost that along the way. I didn't like a particular person in the group, although
When Emma's turn rolls round to plan the annual 'Friends Getaway' for the New Years Eve holiday, she is looking to impress. By pairing up with Mark, Emma has, through default, become included with the group but has never felt that she really belonged.

The rest of the crew: Samira, Miranda, Katie, Mark, Giles and Julien, have been friends since their days at Oxford and thusly, have a complex and well-rooted history together. Emma desperately wants to be accepted and this is her chance, by hosting
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The set-up is one we all recognize: a group of friends get together at an isolated location for a reunion and someone winds up dead. There is a killer on the loose. (Gasp) As you get to know the characters, from the ‘it” girl to the successful “mouse” and everyone in between, just about anyone could be the killer or the corpse. Add to this mix, a brooding caretaker with a violent past and we’re off to the races. Speaking of “it” girls, I predict this will be one of the “it” books of the season. ...more
Miriam Smith
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very much looking forward to reading "The Hunting Party", so many fellow reviewers were recommending it and the blurb sounded exactly what I like from a crime mystery. Set in the Highlands of Scotland, my favourite holiday destination, I actually felt like I was staying in the lodge with the characters and could relate to the surrounding towns, dense, scary forests and beautiful but icy lochs. Very atmospheric and with the right amount of tension and suspense, I thoroughly enjoyed this Aga ...more
Umut Reviews
I was very excited for this book as it sounded just my cup of tea. Old friends from school meet up in a remote location in Scotland to celebrate New Year's Eve, but one goes missing from the party. And one of them is the murderer. Classic whodunit.
Sounded really intriguing, and you expect a lot of tension, biting nails, racing heart...but unfortunately it just didn't deliver.
First of all, the book is too slow, lots of blabber about the food, the environment, the conversations. It could be a lot
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of old university friends take a trip to celebrate New Year's together. They travel to a remote estate in the Scottish Highlands. Within a few days, tensions have risen, secrets are revealed, and someone dies.

The character list for this novel is fairly long, with eleven guests plus a baby staying at the estate and three employees working there. The employees are Heather, Doug, and Iain. The university friends are Miranda, Katie, Julien, Mark, Nick, and Samira. Miranda and Julien are now
Liz Barnsley
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this.
Properly atmospheric, the chilly, claustrophobic yet open setting cleverly sets the scene for a wonderfully old school murder mystery, with a stellar cast of characters for the reader to get their teeth into and either love or loathe.
Descriptively this is beautifully written the aforementioned setting coming to vivid and gorgeous life, enter into this wild landscape a group of friends whose history and random hidden jealousies rise to the surface, ultimately leading to murder…
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Rounded Up.

Nine guests, and one baby, friends since their university days ten years previously, arrive at a Lodge in the Scottish Highlands, for a fun-filled, relaxing New Years Getaway.

Emma and Mark (Boyfriend and Girlfriend. Emma organised the trip)
Miranda and Julien (Married)
Nick and Bo (Married)
Samira and Giles, and baby, Priya (Married)
Katie (their single friend)

But are these friends really as close as they appear? And what happens to their friendship’s when all their secrets come to li
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to William Morrow for gifting me a copy of The Hunting Party via Edelweiss. Oh my god I loved this so much! I am a huge fan of multiple POVs and this one comes with FIVE!! To me, it just makes the story move quicker and I love reading the different perspectives! It took a few chapters to understand who was who but once I got it down I was good.

A group of college friends continue their tradition by celebrating the New Year together. They all travel to a remote cabin estate far out from the
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! I love the premise of this book - a group of close friends stormed in over new years holidays in a hunting lodge. And of course, there is an murder! It was very enjoyable and so entertaining that i read this over the weekend instead of catching up on TV! Loved it!
4 solid, fun-filled stars!

This one was a fun one, folks! 2019 will be Lucy Foley's year, I'm telling you now. The Hunting Party is one wild whodunnit adventure. When a group of friends decide to rent out a winter wilderness retreat for New Year's, old conflicts reemerge, personal vendettas are heightened, and secrets are bound to unravel at the seams. As a last ditch effort to engage the group and bond, they decide to embark on this fun vacation tradition for holiday. Two days after the group
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen people, 1 dead body

3.5 stars for the thriller debut The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.

A group of friends who met at Oxford a decade ago decides to celebrate NYE in a remote location in the Scottish Highlands. Due to the heavy snow they find themselves cut off from civilisation. We quickly learn that the friendship bond between some of them is not as strong as it seemed and actually there is a degree of animosity and resentment among them as old wounds and grudges from their past resurface
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
This is basically about a group of fictional friends who have no redeemable qualities and are unbearably nasty to each other on "holiday" in a lodge that is cut off from the rest of civilisation for a few days after it snows heavily. During this inaccessible time, one of the group gets murdered, and everyone is a suspect.

And I wish that all of them was killed and the murderer lived happily ever after. That's how despicable they were.

Regardless of the high stakes, I found the prose very flat an
Roman Clodia
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a modern take on an Agatha Christie plot: a party in a remote location cut off by snow, a group of friends with hidden tensions and stresses, sinister co-guests and troubled staff... all ending in murder. With red herrings galore and a cast of unlikable characters, this is all about the twists and revelations. Compulsively entertaining: 4 deliciously trashy stars!

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via NetGalley.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

An annual reunion of friends at a new location with the added beauty and terror of a huge snowstorm that cuts everyone off from the rest of the world is where THE HUNTING PARTY begins and where we meet the characters.

The reunion starts off with a long ride from the train station to the remote lodge with a scary gamekeeper as the driver, the juggling of who gets what cabin, the first-night dinner together, and finding out there is another couple in residence as well as the group of friends.

The gr
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This books starts with a very mysterious beginning. Heather and Doug the gamekeeper, are missing a guest and then a body is discovered and it looks like murder!!

When a group of Oxford University friends that call themselves “The Inner circle” plan to spend New Year on the remote Scottish Highlands, you can tell by the amounts of champagne they take that they are planning to have a merry time!!

Although they plan to be together every News Year Eve, their other commitments such as work and family m
Julie Parks
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
What an amazing book! And new author to follow.

All that eeriness and build up. Especially as various characters supposedly spot something somewhere...or was it really there, or only in their imagination. It couldn't really, could it?

And then that looming snowstorm, that we know it's coming as the story is told in time lapse. Soon the body will be snowed in, and nobody gets in or out (not even the police), and you're forced sitting there in the same Lodge with the possible killer!

Lucy Foley is do
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel has much of an old-fashioned, country house, mystery, about it, but brought deliciously up to date. For country house, read a remote, Scottish Lodge, surrounded by luxury cabins. For the members of a house party, read a group of rich, successful friends, and their partners, who meet up every New Year and get together to relive their years at Oxford. In the best tradition, the group get snowed in and to add to the unease, there is a murderer, The Highland Ripper, whose violent crimes a ...more
C.L. Taylor
I absolutely flew through this, finishing it within three days (which, given I have a terrible concentration span, is increasingly rare). A group of university friends, and various interlopers, decide to spend New Years Eve in an isolated lodge in the Scottish Highlands and one of them ends up dead. The Hunting Party is a first rate murder mystery with a cast of well crafted characters, secret upon secret and a healthy dose of deceit. You won't look at your old friends in the same way when you r ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘that’s the thing about old friends, isn’t it? Sometimes they don’t even realise that they no longer have anything in common. That maybe they don’t even like each other any more’.

This murder mystery has many of the usual hallmarks of the Golden Age of crime novels: a country estate retreat in an isolated location and a gathering of old friends trapped by circumstances (snow in this case), each with guilty secrets to hide, whilst knowing the killer is among them.
However, by a nifty variation of
Allyn Nichols
Dull.... The characters are so much alike each other you're hard pushed to tell them apart ( even though each chapter is named after one of them). One of the most beautiful places on the planet described in such a way that strips it all down to almost nothing but grim, cold and eyeball deep in snow. The prose are almost headache inducing, rushing by at a thousand miles an hour and much of it to no consequence at all. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea however I've read plenty of books in a simila ...more
"Кто не спрятался" здорового человека, то есть детектив про заснеженный курорт без пиздостраданий. Вкратце, это в меру занимательная история про то, как богатенькие университетские друзья собрались на Новый год поохотиться в отдаленных шотландских угодьях, и один из них умер не от скуки. Типажи и нарратив - примерно как в романах Мориарти, то есть почти до самого конца не известно, кто вообще умер и что случилось "на барбекю", в общем, вполне развлекательно, хоть местами явно натянуто на глобус.
Joanne Robertson
This book!!! As soon as I finished it I messaged a friend to say “You have GOT to order this book NOW!” Isn’t it wonderful when you read a book and know exactly who to recommend it to! If you love character driven, Agatha Christie-esque mysteries set in atmospheric, eerie locations then The Hunting Party is going to knock your socks off. It reminded me in a way of Ruth Wares debut “In A Dark Dark Wood” but with champagne and drugs! You really must put aside a few hours to read this book because ...more
Susan Hampson
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Some things are done because they have always been done and well the yearly get together of Oxford University besties was one of those things. Some of the group had been accepted at Oxford on the ‘it is who you know rather than what you know’, sort of right of passage, while the others were a quite gifted bunch. The group had hired cabins at an exclusive Lodge in Scottish Highlands, as a Hunting Party for New Year celebrations, with the understanding that they would be the only ones there, along ...more
Bill Kupersmith
After loving The Invitation, I was so disappointed with Lucy Foley’s first effort at crime fiction. The device of hiding the victim’s identity from the reader, but not Doug and Heather, was clumsy and inartistic. When the villain’s motive is revealed it seemed too weird to take seriously. Like other readers, I was not surprised to find out the victim - probably the character we would least miss. There is also an unnecessary sub-plot to add some additional thriller suspense. I love stories about ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This book is about a group of friends that went to Oxford together. They all get together every New Year's Eve to hang out and reminisce about old times. This year they meet up at a Scottish hunting lodge but their vacation getaway goes awry when all their old wounds and new ones finally start to surface...

Everyone in this group was suppose to be a grown adult but they all acted like they were still in high school. I literally felt like I was 15 again. It was just too much drama for me and not e
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Log fires, whisky, brooding mountains, a snowbound hunting lodge, university friends, loaded guns – what could possibly go wrong? I loved Lucy Foley’s psychological thriller, The Hunting Party, set over Hogmanay in the Scottish Highlands. Marketed as a modern day Agatha Christie, Foley introduces the reader to a sizeable cast of characters, eleven guests and three members of staff, which she handles well. Just like Christie, the claustrophobia grows, as secrets are revealed and hidden jealousies ...more
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