Today, I am joining the blog tour for The Chalet by Catherine Cooper. Many thanks to Catherine, and to Harper Collins, for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.
“I was gripped from start to finish” Cass Green
French Alps, 1998
Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.
20 Years Later
Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret.
Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.
Someone knows what really happened that day.
And somebody will pay.
An exciting new debut for anyone who loves Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and C.L. Taylor
Told from multiple points of view, and spanning the years from a skiing accident in 1998 through to the present day, The Chalet is a carefully constructed thriller that put me in mind of Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party.
In the mismatched gathering of people staying at the chalet of the title in 2020, Catherine Cooper creates a well constructed cast of characters, each with something to hide, and with a different reason for wanting to be at the ski resort. Whilst I found more than one character thoroughly unlikeable, their presence served to increase the tension throughout the book, whereas the characters I found myself liking added a warmth to the story that is sometimes missing from books of this nature.
I sped through this book, unable to put it down in my eagerness to tie all the stories together, and uncover who was connected to the events of 1998 and how. Before you start reading this book, make sure you have plenty of time for a good long reading session, because I don’t think you will be able to stop reading once you start.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist writing for many national newspapers and magazines, specialising in travel. Most recently she has written several ski pieces for the Guardian and is currently compiling a 50 best holidays round up for the Telegraph. She also makes regular appearances as a talking head on daytime TV. She lives in France with her husband and two teenage children, and is a keen skier.
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