Title: The Guest List

Author: Lucy Foley

Published: June 2020

Genres: Fiction, Mystery Thriller




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?


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I've seen a lot of reviews (Nicky's included) that have noted the 'slower pace' of the book, but I can't say I felt the same. Perhaps it's because I read it in one sitting so it felt like it was over and done with before I could say "Wait, so who died?". At first I thought several POV's would be a distraction, but it ended up just building the suspense tenfold. I thought the writing drew a crystal clear picture of the setting to the point where I had an unclouded visual of how it would translate to our screens (WHICH IS LOOKING LIKELY PEOPLE!!). Another thing Foley did phenominally was give every character strong motive to murder, making it SO challenging to guess the ending (could just be me) but that, I really dug. A BIG YES goes to the construction of the relationship between Hannah & Olivia and a BIG NO goes to the God awful invention that is the game of 'Survival' - no thank qqqq



For the first 200 or so pages, I was not overly enthralled. Short chapters with different POV’s didn’t seem to help either. However, I sought counsel from @bookswitholivia_ who ensured me that despite what seemed to be a slow start, the last 100 pages are well worthy and extremely gripping. That was very much true. I finished the last third of this novel in one sitting, because the pace did quicken and it suddenly up the anti. One thing that struck me overall was the complexity and depth of the characters, which allowed me to decide who I liked and despised throughout the novel. I think the element of not finding out who (a) was murdered or (b) was the murderer until the very end, set it apart from other “whodunit’s?”, and I enjoyed that. It had the setting, it had the backdrop, and don’t get me wrong, the ending was great. But personally, that was not enough in my eyes to justify more than 3 stars. Sorry @reesewitherspoon, I know I have a habit of doing this! 

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