Publication: 12th November 2020 – HarperCollins
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
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Chalet, the superb new novel by Catherine Cooper.
I have been hearing good things about The Chalet long before I read it and I was really curious to see what everyone was raving about, but I never imagined that I would read it in one sitting, on a rainy and cold Saturday afternoon, curled up in front of the fire (which, incidentally, is the right backdrop to read this book).
The Chalet is not the first book I read this year where luxury ski holidays turn dark and deadly, but it is one of my favourite. On a luxury resort on the French Alps, a group of people is keeping secrets about a tragedy that happened there twenty years before. Some of them want to forget, some of them want their secrets to remain hidden, and some of them just want revenge. And that’s all I am going to say about the plot because I don’t want to risk spoiling it.
The characters are quite interesting, and you never know what to expect from them. I must admit that I didn’t particularly liked any of them. Most of them are arrogant, entitled, and narcissistic, but they are also dark, multi-layered and full of surprises.
The plot is clever, fast-paced, and chilling (not only for the weather). I loved how the author structured the novel, setting the story on different timelines and switching from one perspective to another and ending with a twisty conclusion and a last line that made me hold my breath. The vivid and beautiful descriptions made me feel like I was there on the Alps. I could imagine the elegant and luxurious chalets, the ski slopes, the off-piste, the claustrophobic atmosphere of a chalet during a snowstorm…the perfect setting for a fantastic holiday turning murderous!
Catherine Cooper is an amazing storyteller and she knows how to keep the reader on their toes, so don’t miss this terrific and suspenseful read!
A huge thank you to Anne Cater and HarperCollins for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
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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 family 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.