This is the debut crime novel by Lucy Foley and it was excellent. I was privileged to receive this from the publisher, HarperCollins UK as a ‘wish’ and was totally enthralled from start to finish.
Nine friends decide to go away for New Year to a remote place in the Scottish Highlands. Emma and Mark, Giles and Samira with their baby Priya, Miranda and Julian, Bo and Nick, and Katie who is the only one without a partner. The trip, organised by Emma who is the newest to the group, isn’t quite where some of the individuals wanted to end up but the party begins on the train journey.
The friendships are from Oxford University days and continued to their current London and New York jobs. As with any group of people there are relationships and inter-relationships and it doesn’t take long for the cracks to show. There are hidden jealousies, resentments and secrets and as the story develops the twists and turns keep coming with utter precision.
The story is narrated by Katie, Miranda and Emma along with the two hosts of ‘The Lodge’ Doug and Heather and goes from before and after the ‘murder’ as the snow hits the highlands so that nobody can leave or even fly in to assist.
The author keeps even the person murdered hidden throughout and the finale is delivered with precision and brilliance so that I found I should have seen it coming, but didn’t.
Many thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and Lucy Foley for granting my wish for my honest review.
Brilliant read and highly recommended.