The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

Title: The Chalet

Author: Catherine Cooper

Pub date: 31 Oct 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.

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.

TW: sexual assault

What a twisted thriller! I was expecting an easy mystery novel, something lighter to read. It was nothing like that at all! If it wasn’t for the email from NetGalley I would never pick up this book – the cover doesn’t speak to me as a book I’ll be interested in. But I decided to listen to the blurbs from the email and I requested the ARC. The story is really tough to read at times, but it is an excellent story nevertheless.

First of all – the author is amazing at straying us into different hypothesis what this whole mystery is about. I felt like I knew what’s going on a couple times, only to be shocked by the next revelation. I especially like additional of an unexpected new voice in the second part of the book. This is not a story I got figured out as soon as I started reading it, it kept surprising me in each chapter. I love how different I read the book blurb right now – nothing is as I expected. I think this is the exact thing that is a requirement for a good thriller.

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