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.
My thoughts on The Chalet…
There is little I love more when it comes to reading than stories with twists, turns and red herrings. Which is why I loved The Chalet, which had all three in spades. It was one of the best books I’ve read in a while, a great debut from an author I’ll definitely be reading again.
Why did I love it so much? For the most part, it’s because it had me from the first page and kept me guessing about just who the mystery narrator – and murderer – was until the very end (I got it wrong!). I also thought the characters were well written and just that right side of unpleasant to keep me interested without disliking them (which tends to put me off).
On a personal note, it also made me smile, though I’m not sure that was Catherine Cooper’s intention. I’ve only ever been to a ski resort once and the experience of one of the characters learning to ski in later life was painfully reminiscent of my own attempts to make it down a bunny slope without falling over (she did better than me, though that wouldn’t have been hard!).
In fact, the only thing I don’t like about the book is the cover. I’m not sure if that will change before the book’s released in a month or so but it just didn’t do what was inside justice at all. If it stays the same, don’t let it put you off – this book is well worth the read.
Please Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.