The Chalet by Catherine Cooper @catherinecooper @HarperCollinsUK #BookReview #NetGalley #NewRelease

The Chalet: the most exciting new thriller of 2020 - with a twist you won’t see coming by [Catherine Cooper]


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

‘I was gripped from start to finish’ Cass Green
‘Chilling and atmospheric’ Roz Watkins
‘Thrilling – I could feel the icy chill blowing through the pages’ Michelle Frances
‘Cleverly plotted’ Allie Reynolds
‘The perfect book to take a stay-cation with!’ Suzy K Quinn


The Chalet


Set on two timelines, twenty years apart the story begins at the same ski resort in the French Alps. in 1998 two brothers leave their girlfriends back at the hostel they are staying in and meet up with a skiing guide. The weather has taken a turn for the worse and soon the competitive brothers are annoying their guide. The guide behaves unprofessionally, which results in one brother being rescued unconscious and the other brother never being found and presumed dead.

Twenty years later circumstances bring some of the people involved back together, then there is news of a body being found. The past is about to catch up with some unsuspecting people.

There aren’t really many if any, likeable characters in this story in the past or in the present day, who are staying in a chalet including a chalet maid to attend to their every whim and keep them all happy. The guests are money-oriented and simply playing their parts to line their own pockets.

The backdrop story then goes more into detail of the brothers’ relationship with each other and as couples. I felt the most interesting was of a child, it is disturbing but gripping too.

I enjoyed the story, even if there were a lot of coincidences’ that came together a little conveniently. A good ending.

I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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.

Twitter: @catherinecooper

The Chalet: the most exciting new thriller of 2020 - with a twist you won’t see coming by [Catherine Cooper]

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