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The Chalet

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loved the wintery atmosphere of this book, started out really strong and interesting but about halfway through there started being so many different plots and characters and timelines to follow that it became convoluted and difficult to follow.
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What an engaging piece of work this is! Catherine Cooper takes us on a journey that shifts between two timelines of 1998 and over twenty years later in 2020, and what a journey. A group has arrived at a luxury chalet in the French Alps. They, along with some of those working at the chalet, have a lot in common with the group from 1998. The story is well written, and the plot draws you in. I must say that the majority of the characters within the book are not very likeable, which really did not bother me in the least. It became a matter of waiting to see who would get what was coming to them first. This is a quick, enjoyable read. Curl up with some hot coca and a blanket and enjoy! Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book.
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Very good story. A bit descriptive and too long but all in all, it was interesting with a good twist.
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I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.

This book is a back and forward between 1998 and 2020 and how the two different story lines converge into a modern day, whodunit?

There were parts of this book I really enjoyed.  I guessed the wrong woman, twice.  There were other twists I enjoyed also.  However, there were parts that were meh.
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This was an ok, albeit confusing read. It takes a bit to get used to the structure with the switching time lines. It's possible reading the physical book and not the ebook would help with this. The thriller kept a good pace and had a decent amount of twists to make the reader keep guessing, but the amount of "coincidences" was a bit much. While it's fun to read unlikeable characters, almost every character was unlikeable. It made it hard to really empathize with anyone.
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A fun mystery by Catherine Cooper.  This book is told in alternating years 1998 and 2020.  In 1998 two men went skiing, but only one of them survived.  Then 20 years later 4 people are bought to the ski resort.  They are trying to convince others to invest in their business, but something more tragic is at play.  I would highly recommend.
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Full review coming soon, absolutely LOVED this book! 4/5 stars! Snowed in chalet with "friends" who are staying there, who is going to backstab who? There are past and present views but it isn't messy and was easy to read. I enjoyed the author's writing style and am looking forward to reading more of her work! I recommend this if you are looking for a cozy winter thriller (since the setting is a snowy mountain after all!)
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Just,,,,WOW!
The Chalet is a story I just had no idea where it was going!  I mean, talk about twists and turns!  
This duel timeline (late 90’s and 2020) story is full of mystery, drama and suspense.  I was kept in suspense pretty much throughout the whole book.
I honestly didn’t like any of the characters but I kept reading🤷🏼‍♀️  
Would I recommend this book?  Definitely but be prepared for a very unusual storyline!
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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I love finding debut books and being able to share the fantastic book with other readers, unfortunately The Chalet by Catherine Cooper is not as awesome as some of the big name reviewers are promoting it to be.
This 400 page book could have easily been edited down to 300 pages. I read to learn new things, and since I don’t know a lot about skiing I was excited to pick up some new information. While I did learn a couple of things, there were a lot more that could have been explained a bit more for the reader. I’m not saying I want it to be an instruction manual on skiing, but there are ways that some of the terms could have been added into the story.

I also think The Chalet could have been edited down because I found myself skimming… a lot, especially the sections where the two ski instructors were trying to figure out what to do about their lost clients.
For a brief moment, and I do mean brief, I thought the book was going in a different direction, but about 20 pages later I knew exactly where it was headed. And all the super twists that are mentioned in the advertising are not that surprising if you read any other thrillers or suspense books. Since I want to keep this review spoiler free, in case you decide to read The Chalet, I won’t go into more detail about the parts that a reader could see coming from a mile away.

I really do not enjoy being so negative to a new author, but The Chalet needed more editing… which is not Cooper’s fault. Because of this I would be willing to read another book she puts out, but really hope she is able to make it twisty.
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In this debut novel by Catherine Cooper, four “friends” how on a luxurious French getaway where a body is discovered. Rotating between two timelines, and two POVs, this book had all the bones of a great thriller in my opinion. The problem was, similar to how I felt after reading One by One, I detested most of the characters and wasn’t really satisfied with how the story played out. 

Cooper is a talented storyteller and I’ll try her other work in the future, but this one fell a bit short for me unfortunately.
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This was a very intriguing and suspenseful thriller! I couldn’t stop reading it once I started! Told from multiple perspectives, just about everyone had a secret. Highly recommend this book! I appreciate the advance copy!
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Skiing can be dangerous, especially when you fudge the truth about your experience. That is what happened in 1998 when 2 skiers went out in bad weather with a guide and did not return. Now in 2020, 2 couples return to the same place for a dream ski vacation but when a body is found secret identities and revenge is revealed. 

Loved the mystery narrator that was dispersed in between the 2 timelines. This book had me doing a lot of guessing and the last line of the book, wow!
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The Chalet takes place in a perfect goosebumps engendering setting. Friends meet up on a frigid ski slope in 1998, but one of them doesn't survive.  Years later, a different but related and far wealthier group joins together in the Chalet in 2020.  Interspersed between chapters is an unknown narrator, relating the story of her poverty stricken childhood and neglect from a mother who is too depressed to take care of her young child.

As a non-skier (after several wipe outs), I totally empathize with Louisa and her dismay at the bulkiness of her borrowed salopettes (ski pants), the many layers, and all of the ski gear that needs to be carried up the ski lift, not to mention getting on and off the lift.  In both the 1998 and 2020 groups, there are relationships that carry secrets that will impact all of them. 

I was lucky enough to read this book on vacation in a warm climate, because the description of the blizzards and ski mountain conditions (as well as the storyline) will definitely give you chills.

Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the advance reader's copy.
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The Chalet by Catherine Cooper 
(3.5 star)

Trigger warnings: * rape/sexual assault * child abuse *suicide

A slow burn revenge thriller which took me a fair while to get into.  I think this was mainly due to the jumping back and forth between 1998, 2018 and 2020 timelines, and multiple points of view of characters who are mostly repulsive and in no way inspire any interest other than (as I went into the story thinking it would be reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel) the hope that each would be killed off for some reason that will be revealed later.   

Let’s just say it doesn’t quite happen that way.  

The pace does pick up a little when the information revealed by the past timelines start to merge with the present, but as the author starts weaving everything together it will reveal the antagonist (if you haven't already figured it out), and also who will be the target/s.  There were a few loose bits that seem to have been forgotten - for example Hugo’s wife hitting on Matt - it really served no other benefit than to give another reason to dislike the character/s, and for me could have been left on the editing floor.  She was already detestable and a worthwhile candidate to be murdered before her character went off on this tangent.

I would still recommend The Chalet, as I think would be enjoyed by a reader that is looking for a quick or light read, during a commute or something along those lines.  

Thanks to HarperCollins, Harper360 and Netgalley for a copy of The Chalet in return for my honest opinion.
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I love a mystery that jumps timelines; especially when it's based around a vacation. It can be a tad confusing at times with the multiple narrators but a little tip I usually do is make notes of who is who and then revert back to it when I need to! It was very enjoyable and well-written, an author that I definitely will be coming back to again!
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This book keeps you guessing!  Who is the unnamed narrator?  Who has the connections to past events at the chalet, and what is that connection? Little clues are dropped along the way to help the reader, but nothing is completely clear until the final pages. This is a book to be read in front of a cozy fireplace with a glass of wine.
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I didn’t finish this one. I couldn’t take the hateful characters and unrealistic plot lines. I’m sure this will be a favorite for some but it just wasn’t for me.
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We have three timelines here, 1998, 2018 & 2020 and I LOVE dual timelines so having three....eeeekkkk. This book was very fast paced, I mean skiing in French Alps...what could go wrong amirite? I loved the snowy, wintery atmosphere in both timelines, there was a lot of tension in this plot and the suspense was killing me the whole time...I mean we start off with a guy going missing on the slopes! There is a lot of marital discord, brother against brother, business partners not getting along...add in some postpartum depression and we have a dysfunction stew and I loved it. I so enjoyed how the author was able to surprise me and how everything tied together in the end making a satisfying, cohesive conclusion. At just 243 pages this was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I understand this is the author's debut novel and Ms. Cooper has another book due out in January of next year...I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it.
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The Chalet is set in the French Alps at a ski resort. There are dual timelines of 1998 and present day.
In 1998 two brothers go skiing in inclement weather and only one is found alive.
In 2020 Hugo and Ria go to the same resort to conduct Hugo's business dealings. The two timelines are connected, of course, and the secrets eventually come out little by little.
All of the characters are unlikable, each in their own way. Some are awful and some are just boring. 
The setting was great.  You could almost feel the snowy ski slopes. Parts of the ending felt rushed even though the rest of the book was at a slower pace.
A good read in the end. I will be looking for Catherine Cooper's next novel.

Many thanks to netgalley and Harper 360 for the advance copy.
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Excellent story! Totally engrossing!.  Looking forward to reading more by this author! Could not put this down!
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