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3.8 out of 5
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  • 9 person found this review helpful

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    One of the better mysteries I've read this year!

    This is yet another book that I purchased with a birthday gift card. I love a good mystery, and this one appealed to me as soon as I heard about it. (I’ve seen comparisons to The Secret History, and I’d say that I agree somewhat, at least in the sense that I found most of these characters pretentious, annoying, and rude. I didn’t see much else in the way of similarities, but it’s been about five years since I read The Secret History.) The setting was great: cold, remote, isolated. It contributed to the tense atmosphere, and I really enjoyed the way details of the characters’ lives and relationships to each other were slowly teased out. There was such a contrast between the group of friends’ outward appearance, and what was really going on. And after so many years and life changes, I kept wondering if these people even liked each other any more. The mystery was really well done. The story moves back and forth in time, gradually revealing the victim’s identity and how they died. It was a little confusing at first, but after a few chapters I was used to it. Alongside the actual mystery, the characters had all sorts of secrets from each other that were slowly revealed too, which was so much fun to read! This was a really fun, absorbing read. I think it’s one of the better mysteries I’ve read so far this year!
  • 3 person found this review helpful

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    Interesting

    Interesting story line. The ending was a surprise. Good characters. Reminded me of Agatha Christy novels.
  • 2 person found this review helpful

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    The hunting party

    Really a good book that kept moving and was very enthralling. I liked the technique of moving dates back and forth so you were never quite sure what was happening and when relative to the narrative. Overall an entertaining and very good read.
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    Plot driven

    It was hard to like any of these characters and I found the conclusion disappointing. That being said I took time out of my day to finish it. So the suspense was there
  • 2 person found this review helpful

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    It tried too hard to be more than what it was.

    Predictable with an ending that disappointed. Honestly considered not finishing the book which is never good when you're reading a mystery. One of the red herrings was not developed enough to even be considered and the advertisement I was given nullified 2 of the others. There were portions that felt forced, or that the book was prepped to be read and analyzed in a classroom setting (example, anytime the Icelanders were in a scene.) When finished, I discovered my copy actually included questions for discussion which confirmed this. The short story that was set in the same world that followed the main story was more interesting and should be developed more. So, giving 3 stars cause I was able to finish it though 2.5 would have been more accurate.
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