Thrilled to join this blog tour today
12 November 2020
My thanks to the publisher for my ecopy of this book
and to Random Things Tours for the invitation to the blog tour
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.
What did I think about it..
When four very different guests gather in a luxurious chalet in the French ski resort of La Madière they have little idea of what is about to creep up on them. There are dangerous undercurrents festering in the pristine snow and pretty soon, thanks to some clever flashbacks, we learn just what happened on the mountains twenty years ago. At first it’s not obvious just what this disparate group of people have in common with the events of 1998, but once the story gets underway so a mystery of epic proportions is gradually revealed.
I loved the way the author gets right into the very heart of the mystery, bringing both place and people alive in a very special way. There is a definite sense of tension and, as the weather starts to close in and the snow gets deeper, we start to see cracks developing in these complex and fractious relationships. There is a great sense of atmosphere in The Chalet and the author certainly knows how to crank the tension up to high, but there is also an insidious creepiness which starts to move in especially when an unexpected character shows up in the resort bringing a whole new dynamic to this compelling psychological drama.
This clever debut novel has a wonderful air of sophistication and whilst it's a bit of a slow burner at first the action certainly picks up as the story progresses and I found that there were times when I couldn’t put the book down, turning the pages in eager anticipation of what was going to happen next. Secrets, lies and deceit smolder away in this classic story of revenge which is made all the more chilling by its setting in the ice cold and rather dangerous French Alps.
About the Author
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.
Twitter @catherinecooper #TheChalet