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Today, I am joining Kim @It’s all About The Thrill in sharing our reviews for The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.  It’s is now available!

Brenda’s review

Friends with secrets, couples and strangers, a secluded hunting lodge and a dead body make for some intriguing elements.

The Hunting Party starts off with an unknown dead body and we are left till the end to find out who it is from a group of thirty-somethings who come together in a secluded hunting lodge to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We learn from some background into the characters just how unlikable these characters are. The more we see just how unlikable they are we see that it could be any one of them and any one of them could be the murderer.

Lucy Foley does a good job here creating some interesting characters and dynamics between them. They are unique from each other with secrets from their past or things they don’t want each other to know. We have the beautiful one who is now part of the golden couple, the one who was the unlikely friend, the outsider to the group, the new parents and the gay couple. We also have the staff of the hunting lodge who also have backstories with secrets. Sounds a bit stereotyped but hey they all make great characters right? At times with so many characters, I struggled with keeping them apart and their backstories.

The first half of the story was slow-paced for me and I really wanted the story to pick up and find out what happened instead of all the background that I felt weighted down the story. The second half picked up and I started to turn the pages faster right to the reveal of who was dead and who was the killer. The ending could be rewarding or not! For me not so much. When it all came together it was all so predictable and I can’t believe I didn’t take the time to figure anything out. Now this one is brilliantly written with the structure to the story and is like a modern version of a classic golden age crime novel. I enjoyed that element to the story and this is something I am thinking will appeal to many readers.

Thank you to Harpercollins and Edelweiss for a copy to read and review.

Have you read this one? Did you find the ending rewarding or not so much? Want to read this one? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

9 thoughts on “The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley @HarperCollinsCa @WmMorrowBooks @about_thethrill #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

  1. Too bad this wasn’t a fulfilling reading experience for you, Brenda.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Jonetta!

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  2. Abby says:

    Great review! I’ve had my eye on this one, so I was curious to know what you think. It reminds me of An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena – super fun and creepy!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      It reminded me a bit too. I did think the characters in Unwanted were more interesting than these characters. The story was more in the present this one felt like most of it was told in backstories. I am curious as to what you think. I might just be in a grumpy reading slump. lol .

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  3. Sorry this one was not up to par. Onto better books that keep you going from page one.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Marialyce!

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  4. Norrie says:

    I bought this on kindle but haven’t read it yet. Still debating wether i should get the audio version too. I saw it had multiple narrators 😁

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Hope you love it Norrie!!

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    2. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I did also listen to some of it and I like listening to it. I think this is one I should have listened more than read. I enjoyed the narrators. Multiple ones did make the characters more interesting.

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