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‘The Chalet’
by Catherine Cooper
First Lines

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Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine Cooper



Press Association – 18 January 2020
 A British national is reported to have died at the ski resort of La Madière, France.
Details are as yet unclear.
More to follow.
Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine Cooper
December 1998, La Madière, France
“I hate these kind of people. They come out here on holiday once a year with their brand shiny new Salomon this and K2 that and think they know it all. They’re so annoying. They know nothing compared to me.
‘So we want some virgin tracks today. Back country. Somewhere no one else goes. Somewhere a bit challenging. Know what I mean?’ says one, his accent plummy and entitled.
Yes, I know what you mean. You think you’re it, just because you went on a few trips with your posh school and now your smart City job or whatever pays enough for you to come out skiing once or twice a year. Well, let me tell you, you’re not. That’s why you have to pay someone like me who actually knows what they’re doing to come with you as soon as you venture off-piste. For all your flash gear and trying to use the right lingo, you know nothing about the mountains. Nothing.
But of course I don’t say that. These are my clients, after all. Instead I say: ‘Yup, no problem. I know exactly the place.’
I smile, rictus-like, and answer their pointless, predictable questions as we take the various lifts up to the very top. Yes, it’s fun living in a ski resort. Yes, I live here all year round. I lie about how long I’ve been here – I always do – that’s none of their business. No, I don’t have any plans to go back to the UK, etc., etc., etc. I love the mountains. They are my home. And my job would be  almost perfect – if only I didn’t have to deal with clients.”

Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine Cooper

So, you have taken a look, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

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Cover image of the book 'The Chalet' by author Catherine CooperFour friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder.

French Alps, 1998Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years laterFour 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.


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