Book Club Questions for The Hunting Wives by May Cobb

by Heather Caliendo
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Book club questions for The Hunting Wives by May Cobb examines the twists and turns in this fast-paced novel about bad behavior and choices. There will be spoilers so for more context about the book, check out my spoiler-free review first.

Whew, this novel is something else! I thought it was entertaining, ridiculous and cringe all at the same time. But after reading more heavy subject matter books, it was a nice switch.

The only true likable characters were Erin and Graham. Sophie was all over the place—craved stability but resented it at the same time. I still don’t really understand why she wanted to leave Chicago and go to that small town of all places. I feel like she shouldn’t have been surprised to have such a culture shock.

I thought the end twist was pretty good as far as thrillers go. All in all a solid read for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

The Synopsis

Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.

Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.

Book Club Questions for The Hunting Wives

  1. Why did Sophie want to leave behind Chicago for Mapleton? What kind of life did she foresee having there?
  2. How did the reality turn out to be much different?
  3. She mentions that prior to Graham, she had a thing for bad boys. Why do you think Sophie was drawn to those exhibiting that kind of rebellious behavior?
  4. What did you make of her obsession with Margot?
  5. How do people like Margot seem to live life selfishly but still have so much support around them?
  6. Why do you think Margot formed the Hunting Wives club?
  7. Sophie lets herself get enchanted with Margot and the rest of the women—staying out all night, drinking a ton, etc. Why do you think she got so caught up in this lifestyle?
  8. Her obsession with Margot remains, even when she finds out she’s sleeping with Jill’s 18-year-old son, Brad. And Sophie even messes around with Brad’s teenager friend Jamie. What is going on here? Why didn’t alarm bells go off for Sophie about this? What does this say about her character?
  9. When you read that Brad’s girlfriend Abby was found dead, who did you think murdered her? Did you ever suspect Sophie?
  10. Were you surprised when it turned out to be Jill all along?
  11. What did you think about the ending? Will Graham ever take Sophie back? What did Sophie learn from that whole experience?
  12. If they made this book into a movie or TV series, who should play the main parts?

Additional Recommendations

Hope you enjoyed book club questions for The Hunting Wives! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Another entertaining murder mystery is The Guest List by Lucy Foley!

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. 

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse is one of the biggest hits of 2021 so far.

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . .

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.

Happy reading!

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