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The Guest List

(10 customer reviews)

by Lucy Foley

Synopsis

A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK

“I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness I get from curling up with a classic Christie…The alternating points of view keep you guessing, and guessing wrong.” — Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

“Evok[es] the great Agatha Christie classics…Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters’ pasts. They are all clues.” — New York Times Book Review

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

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A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK

“I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness I get from curling up with a classic Christie…The alternating points of view keep you guessing, and guessing wrong.” — Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

“Evok[es] the great Agatha Christie classics…Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters’ pasts. They are all clues.” — New York Times Book Review

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

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?

10 reviews for The Guest List

  1. B. Breslin

    I typically don’t enjoy multiple POV novels (the back and forth can be tedious and tiresome), but this all came together deliciously. It was a great way to let off a bit of steam vicariously. I’m afraid to say more for fear of spoiling anything, but a great, smooth summer read. Truly enjoyed it.

  2. vic

    Impossible to put down, amazing and intriguing characters that kept surprising you until the very end

  3. lynette williams

    each chapter is from one of guest at the wedding it gives an insight in who they are it is not until the near end you will find out who is the victum

  4. Kathy Vikre

    Good craic from start to finish. A wedding on an isolated island that seems to want its own revenge. Walk right and you fall from a cliff, walk left and you drown in quicksand. Try swimming and you’re caught in riptides. And what about the bodies buried in the bog? Not an especially safe place for drinking and cavorting (which the guests do non-stop). The author could have a franchise based on her characters: Death at the Stag, Who Smothered Mother, Bullies I Have Known! (no spoilers here) Into this menacing locale come our heroes, aging schoolboys, unhappy wives, dis-functional families, all of whom seem capable of homicide. So who dies, who kills the victim, and why? Read the book and enjoy the journey of discovery.

  5. Amazon Customer

    Love a good mystery. This was not one. It is full of cliched, awful characters with no likeability and little sympathy. Told from multiple points of view, it is a muddled mess. Red herrings are tossed in almost as afterthoughts. And I figured out the killer about 1/3 of the way in. The book is so boring and so cliched, I cannot believe it is a best seller. A vain bride, even more vain groom and 150 drunk wedding guests on a remote Irish island. What could possibly go wrong? The fact I dropped $14.99 on this.

  6. Mark

    Well written whodunit told from multiple points of view, centered on a high profile wedding set at a remote island. One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is the wit and insight the author shows, providing many “out loud” laughs throughout this dark thriller. Especially amusing is the social climbing, entitled Bride-zilla at the center of the proceedings. This is my first Lucy Foley book but I find myself wanting more.

  7. Amazon Customer

    Not awful but definitely not great

  8. peacelovenbooks

    I would rate a 4-4.5!!!! Really good!! I enjoyed the book and figuring it all out. I was surprised by some elements!!!

  9. Kindle Customer

    Each chapter is from a different character at a different point in time. In some novels that works. But not here. Most chapters end on what’s supposed to be a big cliffhanger, but after the first fake out you realize every cliffhanger is going to be a fake out and it falls flat. It’s not engaging. It’s a very boring and tedious read. Will is too much of a villain. The coincidences in the character’s lives are way too coincidental and unnatural. I had high hopes for this but it just doesn’t work. I’ve seen better mysteries on Scooby Doo.

  10. Shikila R. Gundy

    I love the character development of this book, I was excited to get to know the bride, the plus one and so on. But as I was 50 percent t thru the book the “murder” still hadn’t happened. In the beginning there was a hint of something off and it was page turning to find out what happened to who and by whom. While loving my characters, I began to get bored and they became predictable and I got to the point where I just wanted to finish the book and move on. However, I did not suspect the ending and I was rather satisfied with “whom”. Good writing and quick easy read. I would recommend this to any mystery buffs out there just be a little patient waiting for your murder to arrive on page.

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