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.
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.
I loved this fabulous mystery! From the setting to the characters; all had me intrigued. The voice I particularly loved was the young girl in the second half of the book who spoke of her mama. Those chapters were heartbreaking and definitely had me trying to guess who she was.
The pacing was great. With what felt like fairly short chapters representing several different voices, I really enjoyed the insight from each of them. They all had something to bring to the table that was important in pushing the story forward.
I’m going to mention the setting again. Why? Because it’s awesome. I really felt the chill of the mountains and for someone who has never been skiing or to a ski chalet, it came across an exciting location. The perfect setting for what happened. It’s definitely made me want to try a snowy holiday at some point my life.
The chapters involving Louise were compelling to read. I really felt for her with what happened. (No spoilers here). Ria and Hugo’s story was another that I enjoyed as I second guessed their relationship.
‘The Chalet’ is a fast moving mystery set in the most amazing location. It’s well written and all the characters cleverly come together in an exciting denouement. A fantastic read by Catherine Cooper that I’d recommend to psychological thriller lovers.
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