Catherine Cooper: The Chalet

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Chalet.


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’ve never been to the Alps before, but from the beginning, Cooper’s writing immediately made me feel as though I was there. I could feel the cold and inclement weather conditions as well as being able to immerse myself in the luxurious setting of the chalet. With the delicious food, the fluffy towels and the bespoke service, I almost wish I was staying there myself!

The Chalet begins in 1998, and switches between this time and the present day. It’s not immediately obvious how the two threads of the novel are connected but I was very keen to find out! I didn’t want the end of the staves to come because I wanted to keep reading!

Each chapter is narrated by a different character. This gives the reader the opportunity to find out more about each one, and although very few of them are likeable, it was fascinating to discover their true feelings about what was happening. I loved the way each character had such a distinctive voice.

There are so many red herrings in The Chalet, but I loved trying to follow the clues to work out the truth! I was engaged the whole way through and I look forward to seeing what this author does next!

The Chalet is available from Amazon.

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