Publish Date: 1/24/19
Author: Lucy Foley
Hey guys! I don’t want you to think that I’ve been slacking! I’ve read quite a few books recently but so many have been advanced reader copies! The reviews have been written but won’t be published until closer to the publication date so that you don’t forget about all these great book opportunities coming soon! Be on the lookout for The Unhoneymooners which has been my favorite that is to be published later this month!
Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…
For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.
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 30th, 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: 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.
Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.
Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?
I was so excited that this was the book that my soroity book club chose. This was our February choice and Harper Collins couldn’t fufill it until later in March because it was back-ordered. I had such high expectations due to the quick pupularity but it fell really short for me.
First, this read more like character studies for me. I’m not a huge fan (as we know) of character-driven plots and I felt like so much of the book was just me finiding all about characters and their past lives. I knew that it would all be important and understanding the character dynamics was important but I had a hard time getting into it because of it. I have seen many comparisons to Agatha Christie. I didn’t really get that but that could be because I haven’t read Christie in a long time but I wasn’t getting those vibes.
It’s really hard for me to put into words what I am feeling without giving too much away. First I want to say, not all of the characters are necessary and Foley really missed the mark on making those characters an importance other than to leave the reader more confused and guessing the mystery.
There is an “important” component thrown into the end of the story that is also unnecessary and random. I felt like it was an afterthough and could have added so much more to the story if it had been developed more.
Ocerall, there are awesome parts to the story that could have added so mmore depth but Foley just did’t make them an importance. There is so much potential that wasn’t played out correctly in my opinion.
One of my friends that I read this with figured out the entire story within the first 10% of the book. I’m not sure how she did it but she called absolutely EVERYTHING which is a problem for me. I want a twist and although I didn’t get as much as she did, the twist isn’t too twisty obviously in this one. The climax was just kind of anti-climatic for me if that’s possible and there was so much fluff in the story that I felt uninterested very quickly. The beginning was the best part where so much was built upon before falling short.
This one was just not for me and I wish that it was. There was so much potential that I’m honestly so disappointed.
I’m still super thankful for having this sent to me to read. I always appreciate HarperCollins gesture. I’ll be donating it soon so I hope someone loves it!
As my group continues to discuss this book this month, I may add some more thoughts but that’s all I have for now. Just a flop for me!