Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

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Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published: January 24, 2019
Pages: ~406
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: ALCOHOL/DRUG USE, ANIMAL DEATH, GUNS, MURDER, PTSD, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SELF HARM, MENTAL ILLNESS.

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

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?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
If you can stomach the incredulous character that is Miranda then it really leads up to certain key points in the story. It’s like we were made to be annoyed with her. There are some twists in the story that I was even like 🤔😳 but nothing OMG worthy. You kind of get the jist of where the story is going towards the latter 3/4 of the book. It was a great read and towards the end I couldn’t put it down just because I needed to know the ending and how everyone ended up—did they go their separate ways or still stay connected somehow?! AND there’s like a little romance thrown in too lol.

Review: The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Title: The Safe Place
Author: Anna Downes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~352
My Rating: 3.5/5
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TRIGGERS: MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL & DRUG USE, SELF HARM, ATTEMPTED MURDER, VIOLENCE

Emily is a mess.

Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.

Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect.

Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.

Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.

Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave? 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a good read, it was really predictable which made it less than lackluster. But the unfolding of the characters and the little girl/her own things she was dealing with. Was very interesting. The neighbors were suspicious, I was suspicious, but knew the plot less than half way in.