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.
Quite hard to leave a review of The Chalet without spoilers but I’ll do my best.
The Chalet is told from the point of view of a number of characters including Ria, Hugo and Adam. It takes place during two timelines (mainly – I won’t give away the third) – 1998 when two brothers Adam and Will – take their girlfriends on a skiing holiday. There is tension right from the start and then on one fateful day they go off-piste during a storm with two guides Cameron and Andy. They get separated and there is a terrible accident. Only one brother returns. No body is ever found.
Over twenty years later four people are staying at the same resort. During their stay a body is found in the snow. Is it connected and what connects Ria, Hugo, Simon or Cass to that terrible event in 1998? Who are they really? Someone is hiding a secret and certain people are not who they seem.
I was really enjoying the set up of the two stories but I didn’t really get into it totally until the introduction of third character and her important story. This was the part I enjoyed the most even though it is harrowing and sad.
It was a great read with so many twists and I could never make up my mind about who was who. I found the whole skiing/chalet part a brilliant setting for a thriller. I have never been skiing and never wanted to. Just the thought of going up in that ski lift is enough to put me off (I don’t like heights). I used to work with a family who went skiing about three times a year. They all adored it apart from one daughter who said the idea of flying down a mountain on two pieces of wood just didn’t appeal. I agree. I feel her pain.
Many thanks to Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read. It was fun trying to work out what was going on. Many thanks also to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Let’s hear from Catherine herself:
“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.”