This book is an unusual Christmas story; in fact, I would call it “horror Christmas story”. A man has died from choking on a quail bone at a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands just before Christmas and Andrew, a constable from the nearest town travels out to the remote lodge to check to ensure that it was an accidental death. It is snowing when he arrives and by the time he is ready to leave, it has snowed so much that he is snowbound with the rest of the guests and the owners of the lodge. The lodge is full of hunting trophies and animal products such as taxidermy (deer heads, elephant feet, leather chairs, etc.) and they start to fight back at people who are meat eaters. Slowly, one by one, the guests are killed as the hunted animals fight back.
This was quite a short novel coming in at just over 200 pages and was a quick read. While I didn’t find the book scary, I certainly found sections that made me squirm because it just grossed me out. I thought the author did a really good job of setting the atmosphere by describing the remoteness of the lodge, along with the bitter cold and snow. I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads and I can say that if you read this book, you’ll never look at your leather sofa the same way again!
Thank you to Netgalley and Matador for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is available now for purchase.