The Guest List

The Guest List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one... 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?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780062868930
9780062868947
9780062988959
Characteristics: 313 pages ;,23 cm.

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This book was so atmospheric and well-written, and those twists totally got me.

It's Jules' and Will's wedding, and they're having it on a remote Irish island. The guest list is long, and with so many people mingling from different parts of the couples' lives, there is bound to be some drama. It is a dark and stormy night, as it goes, and indeed, something is about to happen: someone is about to die.

My favourite part of this book is the atmosphere. I could *feel* the island so perfectly, could hear the waves crashing, feel the boat rocking on Hannah's ride over, could smell the brine of the sea in the cave with Olivia. It was just so perfectly written to transport me into this world and onto this island, which is another one of my favourite parts of the whole thing: Lucy Foley's writing is top notch. I was disgusted when I supposed to be, concerned all throughout, and overall just captivated by the way Lucy writes each character.

The first part of the book is more slow-moving. I was hoping to be wrenched into the story off the bat, but it does take a bit to get going. Once it's there, though, hoooooo boy, I could not put this baby down. I was suspicious off the get-go, but as more and more information was revealed and I started to make connections, I just had to know what was going on and if I was right.

And...I wasn't. And I absolutely love that. When a book can take me fully by surprise, but when that shocking revelation makes sense looking back - that feeling is unparalleled for me.

I think I just wanted more out of the ending, especially for Hannah. I wanted more of what comes after for these characters, when really, it kind of left on a cliff-hanger (hah). They are all such equal parts sympathetic and not, and I want to know more about them all beyond this one hellish weekend.

This book was so atmospheric and well-written, and those twists totally got me. My favourite part of this book is the atmosphere. It was just so perfectly written to transport me into this world and onto this island, which is another one of my favourite parts of the whole thing: Lucy Foley's writing is top notch. I was disgusted when I supposed to be, concerned all throughout, and overall just captivated by the way Lucy writes each character.

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WritingChick65
Apr 29, 2021

An exciting mystery with some nice "say whaaaaat?" moments. Foley does a fabulous job of laying out the main characters and their backstories, bringing each of them to life. It's almost near the end of the book before the actual victim is revealed. Some readers might find the story a bit contrived, and it certainly will have you questioning any decision to have your wedding on an isolated Irish island. Still, entertaining read for mystery lovers.

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librarygong
Apr 26, 2021

3/5, pretty average thriller. Foley paints a mysterious setting, but the plot is predictable and characters are a bit cliché. It's difficult to grow attached to any of them, and the plot twists don't make 100% sense and seemed to be written for the purpose of having a plot twist (not convincing enough). It's not horrible, but don't expect much. The writing was also a bit too simple for me; it felt like I was reading a young adult novel and there wasn't much substance. It's a simple thriller and doesn't offer much more than an interesting setting and some wedding drama.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

The Guest List was definitely more mystery than thriller, with a story that unfolded slowly rather than made me jump out of my seat. If you like slow burn mysteries with a decent amount of character development and a remote, creepy setting, you will likely enjoy this one!

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carmady
Apr 24, 2021

The Guest List is a delectable blend of Agatha Christie inspiration and modern day psychological suspense. This is a "locked room mystery" built for the readers of
today: a story concerned with secrets among spouses, partners and siblings-and their deadly collision.

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 20, 2021

I guessed 1 of the twists in this book about 1/2 way through, and almost stopped....but am so glad I didn't! Kept me guessing and saying "how did she tie this all together?!" until the final pages!

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leslie_brazeau
Mar 26, 2021

Predictable, flat. Characters are one-dimensional: cartoonish without depth. The author's forays into character's casual chats about sex left me a bit queasy. A blah of a book.

JCLAnneG Mar 18, 2021

This is a thriller that I didn't know I would like as much as I did. The island itself lends to the atmospheric tone of the story. The author did a good job including the creepy storm at just the right time.

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Purdyhedgehog
Mar 11, 2021

Predictable movie of the week, issue of the week type book.

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