The Hunting Party: A Novel (Paperback)

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A group of friends from Oxford have a tradition of welcoming in the New Year together and this time their reunion takes place in a secluded, posh Scottish estate. Nine people, a small baby, the estate's manager and gamekeeper are isolated when a monumental snowstorm hits the area. By the time the storm ends, one person will be dead and one of the party will have become a murderer. The bleak yet beautiful environment where the story took place became a character as well as the group of seemingly close friends due to the incredible descriptive writing. My feet felt like they were frozen as if I was walking in the deep snow around the lodge! This addictive mystery builds throughout the book giving pieces to the puzzle of who was killed with plenty of twists, turns and surprises leading to the actual murder. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to checking out Lucy Foley's other novels.

— Lisa

March 2019 Indie Next List

“Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party is a slick, streamlined murder mystery set on a remote Scottish luxury estate. A group of old friends get together for their yearly New Year’s trip, but after over a decade of closeness, some of them may be near the breaking point. Foley uses the multiple-narrator approach to distort the reader’s perspective and challenge their assumptions, but it doesn’t feel excessive. With multiple puzzles that come together to create the bigger picture and a short timeline that adds to the claustrophobic urgency, this novel is a devilishly thrilling winter read.”
— Annie Metcalf, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN



“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

From the author of the Reese Witherspoon book club pick The Guest List

Everyone's invited...everyone's a suspect...

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.

The trip begins 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, just as a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead. . . and another of them did it.

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


About the Author

Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry. She is the author of five novels including The Paris Apartment and The Guest List. She lives in London.

Praise For…

“A tense, perfectly paced murder mystery.” — People

“Lucy Foley proves that the traditional country-house murder formula…can still work brilliantly.… Superb." — The Times (London)

“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

“A ripping, riveting murder mystery—wily as Agatha Christie, charged with real menace, real depth. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware.” — A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Fans of Ruth Ware will likely rip through The Hunting Party at warp speed.” — Popsugar

“Like a deliciously drawn out game of Clue, this novel brings together a group of Oxford friends at a remote Scottish highlands estate for the Christmas holidays....Foley paints such a vivid hunting-lodge-and-lochs setting that you’ll immediately be booking your own highland fling, clandestine killers or no.” — National Geographic

“Everyone is a suspect in Lucy Foley’s clever murder mystery that harkens back to Agatha Christie and the Orient Express. Friends, lovers, strangers and murder at a secluded hunting lodge make for an absolutely delicious read!” — Wendy Walker, author of the national bestseller All Is Not Forgotten

“An addictive murder mystery full of suspense, secrets and surprises. I loved it!” — Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

“Psychological suspense that rivets. Imaginatively conceived and deftly executed.” — Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

“An auspicious thriller debut...a cracklingly suspenseful story for a long winter’s night.”  — Publishers Weekly

“Foley excels at the small details that make up a person… builds the tension cleverly and creepily, underlining the point that old friends aren’t always the best.” — The Observer (London)

“A great update on the classic country house murder… brilliantly builds the tension.” — Good Housekeeping, UK

“A claustrophobic, compulsive read.” — Tatler (UK)

“The suspense will keep you reading long after lights out.” — Woman & Home (UK)

“Anyone who’s grown apart from old friends will recognize the yearning depicted here to make everything as it was....Readers are left wondering until the end which guest has died as well as who the killer is; they will be well rewarded by the story’s ending.” — Booklist

“Very gripping and so good on the awfulness of some long-history friendships!” — Sophie Hannah

“Hugely entertaining. Full of surprises. This is a clever, twisting page-turner of the highest order. I loved it.” — Simon Kernick

“A brilliant, addictive, claustrophobic read.” — Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

“I loved THE HUNTING PARTY – a gripping, eerie thriller set in a beautifully imagined remote wilderness with pitch-perfect characters.” — Laura Marshall

The Secret History meets And Then There Were None, this is a fantastic crime debut.” — Cass Green

“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 read this book. I hugely enjoyed it. Guaranteed to be a huge hit.” — C.L. Taylor

“Thrilling and atmospheric. I loved this thoroughly modern and glamorous update of the country house murder mystery.” — Tasmina Perry

“Twisty, layered and compulsive. I raced through the pages in a hunt to discover the truth.” — Lucy Clarke

 ”[A] brilliant, edgy book about friendship and obsession. Atmospheric, spooky, dripping with threat, it’s a book to dig your claws into and not let go.” — Julia Crouch

“Brilliant characterisation. And great fun!” — Harriet Tyce

“It was gripping and exciting and wonderfully written, of course, with such incredible characters and a wonderful twist that I really didn’t see coming. I bloody loved it.” — Louise O’Neill

“Reminded me of The Party mixed with In a Dark Dark Wood with a dash of And Then There Were None.” — Sarah Vaughan

“Grab a blanket and read the surprising things that happen when highly educated English people let their hair down.” — Mystery Scene

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062868916
ISBN-10: 0062868918
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English