Author: Lucy Foley
Star Rating: ✪✪✪
Synopsis for Book 1
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
Character : 6/10
Total: 6.86 which is 3 stars
“But I don’t ever drink for pleasure. I do it out of necessity. I use it as another painkiller; to blunt the edge of things, to alleviate the chronic, aching torment of memory.”
The beginning of the book was interesting, you got to meet all the characters as they headed up to the lodge they were staying in, in Scotland from London.
The middle of the book was rather slow, there were some parts I didn’t think needed to be added, they didn’t add too much to the plot and I felt they made the story drag on a little.
The ending of the book was good. I liked how everything wrapped up and came together.
I did have a feeling in the book something was right with one of the characters, they felt off to me throughout and I was correct about this but that didn’t take away from the story for me.
I did like Heather and Doug the most out of all the characters, I liked their backstories and liked how they developed throughout the book. The rest of the characters felt a bit flat to me and I didn’t particularly care about any of them.