Monday, November 23, 2020

Random Things Tours - The Chalet


TITLE: The Chalet
AUTHOR: Catherine Cooper
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers UK
PUBLISHING DATE: November 12, 2020


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. 

When I first discovered The Chalet, I noticed it contained so many of my favorite elements.  A dual timeline, a snowed-in setting and secrets.  And man, did this book ever deliver!

Twenty years ago two brothers, who often didn't get along, took their girlfriends skiing.  However, only one of them returned. Now a group of people once again gather at the chalet for a vacation but this time a snowstorm is wrecking havoc and the only road has been blocked.  The four individuals also have ties to what happened twenty years ago and when a body is discovered in an avalanche, everyone is left to wonder how and if it ties in to the death so many years ago.

This book is a perfect winter read and I hope plenty of people find it beneath their Christmas trees because I can think of nothing better than diving into this on winter holiday.  Cooper sets a dark and foreboding atmosphere and I could almost feel the walls closing in on our characters.

Speaking of characters, I didn't really like them but man, they were fun to dislike!  They were all full of themselves but as the book progresses, they are fully fleshed out and the reader at least understands them all a tad better.  And finally the mystery. I've complained several times this year about books I loved which were ruined by the last sentence.  The Chalet is another one of those last sentence book but this time I loved it.  If you love Lucy Foley or basically what amounts to a close-circle mystery, then this is the book for you!  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CATHERINE COOPER is a freelance journalist writing for many national newspapers and magazines, specializing 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.


  1. Thanks so much for the blog tour support x

  2. Why is snow such a great setting for a murder mystery? It seems like that setting really worked out this time 😁

  3. Fantastic review! I'm sure I would like this one.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. Sounds very fun and perfect for Christmas!

  5. This sounds like an intriguing winter mystery read. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  6. This sounds fantastic! I like it when a book is filled with characters that are easy to dislike. I think it makes it harder to rule them out as a suspect.

  7. Oh, those are some of my favorite elements, too! How fun!