Let’s face it: we are all busy people, which means that you don’t have the time to read loads of long-winded reviews a day and frankly, I don’t have the time to write them, which is why I’ve introduced Bite Size Saturday, allowing me to show you some novels I think you should know about but instead of writing a review a mile long, I’m squeezing all the info you need in one bite-sized package! As always, if you want to know more, just ask!
Today I’d like to talk about The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.
A lodge and cabins in the woods. A group of friends. A manager. A groundskeeper. A jack-of-all-trades. Each and every one with a chequered past and more than a few secrets. New Year’s Eve, a retreat, a city get-away, a celebration. Fun and games, but only on the surface. A murder, but who is the victim, who is the killer?
A murder mystery in the spirit of Ruth Ware’s In A Dark Dark Wood and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, The Hunting Party is a suspenseful, atmospheric read that kept me on my toes throughout, not so much because I was desperate to find out whodunnit or who got killed (although I did want to know that too, obviously), but mostly because I loved witnessing the unravelling of all the secrets. The hidden depths of the relationships between the friends, the personal stories of the lodge’s personnel, that’s what spoke to me most.
The other bite I have for you today is The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.
The Winters is a thriller inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, in other words: a poor young woman falls head over heels for an rich older man. Only in this case, the older man in question has a teenage daughter.
Tell me a novel is inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and I get over-excited and pre-order the hell out of it! Tell me a novel is inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and I expect a suspenseful, atmospheric, character-driven gothic story. What I got, however, was a watered down version of a masterpiece that left me with a bit of a meh feeling. Maybe (probably) my expectations were too high, but I felt vaguely annoyed by the story and even more so by the characters. It all felt rather bland and predictable. All in all not a bad story, not badly written, just not all that great, and in no way comparable to Rebecca in terms of style or vibe. An okay read that I don’t regret but wouldn’t exactly recommend either.