„The Hunting Party“ is a classical murder mystery. A group of old friends spent every New Year Eve together. This time they go to a remote resort in the Scottish Highlands. Then one of them turned out dead and it seems that it was no accident.
They call themselves friends but it is very obvious that they grow apart. They don’t even like each other anymore. They are just used to the fact that they are friends. There is a lot of drama going on in this few days and sometimes you have to remember that they are adults. They are all thirty-something but behave still like schoolkids. But I liked who the author portraits the dysfunctional friendships although it took me a while to keep the male characters apart. At the beginning they were all the same to me and I mixed them up. The setting in the cold and snowy Scotland is atmospheric and eerie. The main problem is that there are two more characters, employees at the lodge, which I did not care for at all and I did not like their storylines. I would have preferred to keep the focus on the friends.
The story is told through the eyes of the female friends and the employees. In almost every chapter there are flashbacks to their past. Unfortunately this slowed the story down. Every time I got excited about what happened there was another long flashback and the tension was gone. Or it was a chapter told from the POV of the gamekeeper and I got bored. I think this kind of storytelling was a bit unfortunate for the book. It made it very slow. I really liked the idea and everything about the book yelled “read me” at me. I enjoyed the toxic friendships and the atmospheric setting. But it was a bit slow, then the two unnecessary and uninteresting storylines and too many flashbacks. It is not a bad book. It’s an easy read and I enjoyed parts of it. I am just not overexcited.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review