Today I am sharing my review on its publication day for The Chalet by Catherine Cooper, published by Harper Collins.
The Chalet by Catherine Cooper
Release Date: 31st of October 2020
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
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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.
As a debut full length novel, Catherine Cooper has done a really great job with The Chalet. Combing her love her skiing and thriller books, she has produced a very entertaining story that will have you completely immersed and caught up in its drama!
I mean how could you not be intrigued with a tagline Four Guests. One luxury getaway. And one perfect MURDER…This alone had me immediately under its spell without even reading what it was about and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it!
The plot has everything that I love in this genre, lies, deceit, revenge, murder, which is all played out in a beautiful but deadly setting. Catherine Cooper has done a good job in its execution and the mystery plays out well giving the reader insight into past events and how they correlate with the present one.
The characters are a diverse bunch that have been well developed, written and with a mix of both likeable and unlikeable, balances the story out well. I did find that a couple of them were just fillers to have as suspects as they really played no other part, but it was easy to overlook this.
Although I did find that at the start the story moved at a slightly slower pace to begin with, it does ramp up for a more thrilling second half as the tension and suspense starts to boil over. The outcome was well done and even though it does have an open ending, which I normally don’t like, in this case it works well.
All up The Chalet is a thrilling read that has been well plotted and written and I look forward to seeing what Catherine Cooper comes up with for her readers next. Congratulations on a great debut Catherine! It was a pleasure to read and review The Chalet, which I recommend.
Thank you to Catherine Cooper, Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Chalet, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Catherine Cooper
I am a freelance journalist living in the South of France with my husband and two teenage children. We moved from London in 2009 so that the children could grow up bilingual and we could all ski more, and to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.
I learned to ski on a school trip when I was 14 and have loved it ever since.
I’m an avid thriller reader and have been since I discovered Agatha Christie as a child.
The Chalet is my first published full-length novel, though I have also written several (unpublished) thrillers for teens and a (what used to be called) chick lit novel set in TV production.
Other than skiing and reading I love travel, theme parks (the pic on this page was taken on a rollercoaster in Spain) and I spend far too much time on social media. Some of my other favourite things include Alan Partridge, sparkly flip flops and salt and vinegar crisps.
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