The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

The blurb …

Four guests

One luxury getaway

And one perfect murder

The 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.

My review …

This story is set in a fantastic fictional ski resort in France called La Madiere. I absolutely adored the setting. The luxury chalets were exquisitely described. There was snowy scenery and fur throws, champagne and canapés and I couldn’t help but wish I was staying there myself, being waited on hand and foot, but maybe with a little less drama!

The story jumps between 1998 when two skiers go missing, to 2020 when a body is found and is absolutely full of surprises. 

In 1998 and from ski instructor Cameron’s point of view, we are told of two skiers who go missing while skiing down a black-run off-piste slope in appalling conditions, under Cameron’s supervision.

Ria and Hugo then set the scene in Jan 2020 and chapters are told alternately from their points of view. Ria and Hugo are married and have invited Simon, his wife Cass and their baby Inigo to stay at a luxury chalet in La Madiere because Hugo wants to impress Simon so that he will invest in his company. They are looked after by Millie their cabin girl and Cass’ nanny Sarah. We get to know these characters very well before the story backtracks to 1998.  

We then get to know another set of characters, brothers Will and Adam, and their girlfriends Louisa and Nell, and hear all about their eventful trip to La Madiere twenty years earlier.

There is then another storyline told from a different perspective and timeline, and this is when things get really interesting and it becomes clear that this story is an intricately woven murder mystery and that someone is out for revenge.

The atmosphere at the ski resort is chilling in more ways than one, and together with the increasing tension and with scenes of high emotion and nasty characters, meant that I couldn’t put this book down.

Absolutely the perfect read to take on a skiing holiday this year (covid permitting!)

Thank you so much to Phoebe Morgan at Harper Collins for my arc I really enjoyed it.

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.

The Chalet is her debut novel and will be published by Harper Collins on 12th November 2020

You can follow Catherine at

Instagram: @catherinecooperjournalist

Twitter: @catherinecooper

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