Thank you to Netgalley & HarperCollins for the exclusive invitation to read an advance copy of The Chalet in exchange for an honest review.
Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.
‘Pure adrenaline’ ERIN KELLY
‘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
1998; Will & Adam are on a holiday ski trip with their girlfriends. They go skiing in a blizzard but only one of them is found alive. 2020; Hugo & Ria are on a business ski trip with a client. A body is discovered – the missing man from 1998. The two timelines join through multiple perspectives and someone is out for revenge…
I read this one very quickly, which is always a sure sign of it being a gripping book! It kept me reading as I wanted to find out what happened and how the two sets of seemingly superset characters were going to relate.
The Chalet is a fabulous example of split timelines done well. The story moves backwards and forwards from the two time periods. You learn just enough from each one, whilst still maintaining the suspense. There’s also the inclusion of a diary-style entry which was a nice touch and one that I didn’t expect.
I was fairly impartial to the characters in this book. I didn’t feel any particular way about any of them. This meant I could read through more neutrally but meant that when a situation arose that needed me to feel empathy with a character, I only felt it for the situation.
Personally, I felt I was always waiting for something more with this one. Sadly that something never arrived! This may have been because it was a story of vengeance rather than one of ‘whodunnit’.
Overall, I think The Chalet was a good read and one to watch out for. I feel it would be a great read for a cosy winter’s day, making it’s October release date perfect.
Before I go, I will put in a trigger warning as there is a sexual assault within this book, just one to watch out for/avoid depending.
Until next time,