Set On A Remote Island Off The Irish Coast, This Is One Guest List No One Would Want To Be On, Just As No One Would Have Wanted An Invitation To The New Year S Eve Party In Foley S Previous Novel, The Hunting Party Lives Unravel Amid The Revelry On An Eerie And Remote Island As Family And Friends Assemble For A Glam Wedding In An Updated Murder On The Orient Express Each Of The Principal Characters Has A Reason To Want One Of Their Number Dead, There Are Old Secrets, And One Of Them Is Murdered


10 thoughts on “The Guest List

  1. Regan Regan says:

    solidly entertaining 3.75


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings 1 Too many POVS I got confused easily and I don t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story, blablas, unnecessary yadayadas2 Slow burning story telling I m impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase So I don t like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in BUT this book is an exception I loved its slow b This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings 1 Too many POVS I got confused easily and I don t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story, blablas, unnecessary yadayadas2 Slow burning story telling I m impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase So I don t like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in BUT this book is an exception I loved its slow building tension, I loved the notorious, immature, childish boys club I m talking about groom s friends who are acting like wedding crashers and stayed in their teenage years , I loved variety of interesting, rich, attention taker characterization And wonderful part is till the end of the book we are left in the dark and we have no idea who is death or the identity of perpetrator You have to focus so carefully when you read the chapters because any small detail turns out a big clue for you to solve the puzzle and not to get shocked when you face the surprising, twisty revelations and the connections between the characters Yes, I have to stop that but I have to admit, at the end of the book my mouth was wide open, my eyes popped out and I stayed like this position for one hour The neighborhood kids thought their dreams finally came true and I turned into a sculpture Even the crows thought I was not a human and they left some gifts to my head Yes, I washed ten times But when I got rid of my first shock and started to move, they screamed and cried in pain Yes, the witch was back Let s talk about the blurb a little bit Jules, successful, glamorous and too ambitious magazine publisher, suffering from her anger management issues, selfish, focusing on perfection, giving orders, controlling the people, the worst bridezilla marries with charming, rising star of television, cocky, flirting Will at an island off the coast of Ireland, in the middle of nowhere, limited phone reception, giving you nightmarish vibes, with dark woods, caves, making you feel like somebody sneaking behind you Perfect place to low budget independent horror movie but not so preferable wedding place Bridezilla doesn t care, she knows the best Our other characters Helen plus 1 married with bride s oldest and best male friend Charlie, having doubts about their so intense and secluded relationship, mother, graphic designer at long maternity leave, suffering from traumatic family drama, having her own secrets, befriending bridesmaid Olivia Yes Olivia is 19 years old bridesmaid, half sister of bridezilla, suffering from a big secret makes her lose weight, cutting herself The secret is gnawing her She needs to talk someone before she gets hurt herself Could Helen be her confidante Best man Johnno, seems confused what he s doing about his life, sharing a really big secret with Will from their high school times, giving him nightmares and making him fell like chasing by the past time ghosts And he learns something crucial to change his life forever and gives him a motive to do something dangerous Let s not forget Aoife, wedding planner, working her ass off to organize the entire ceremony, achieving a complex and challenging job but she observes everyone, looking agitated, seems like waiting for the shoe drop Why is she so frustrated What is she worried about The lies, secrets, resentments and big revelations start to fall into her laps like bombs over and over again And during the ceremony lights go out, screams, pitch black, lights come out, somebody is death.na na na Welcome to the bridezilla zone Do you want to know who killed who Guess what, I already told you so much, you gotta read the rest of it I hate to admit, I am not fan of Hunting Party That book disappointed me a lot But this one is surprisingly good, I couldn t decide if I gave 4 or 5 stars I decided 4 slow burn, intriguing, smart, entertaining, riveting stars OVERALL SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    The Guest List BOTM April 2020 SelectionIn a sea of mediocre mysteries and thrillers, this one caught my attention and held it through to the explosive ending Lucy Foley writes psychological fiction that isn t flashy, but focuses a quiet power to envelop the reader with strong writing and plotting In my opinion, a good thriller isn t one that has to pull a twist out of somewhere the reader wouldn t expect, but takes the entire cast of characters and makes each look as guilty as the rest, so th The Guest List BOTM April 2020 SelectionIn a sea of mediocre mysteries and thrillers, this one caught my attention and held it through to the explosive ending Lucy Foley writes psychological fiction that isn t flashy, but focuses a quiet power to envelop the reader with strong writing and plotting In my opinion, a good thriller isn t one that has to pull a twist out of somewhere the reader wouldn t expect, but takes the entire cast of characters and makes each look as guilty as the rest, so that by the time the reader reaches the end, it doesn t really matter whodunnit as much as how the author has kept you floundering around for 300 pages in search of the reveal This is precisely what Foley has done with The Guest List, and while it was difficult at first to keep up with the numerous POVs we receive, I was able to keep them straight once the story was going Part Agatha Christie mystery, part Big Little Lies, The Guest List is a book that I felt lightened the burden of current world issues and allowed me to slip into a place that was filled with murder and mayhem instead of viruses and homeschooling Disclaimer I also received a review copy via the publisher.


  4. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    Hells to the yes This is the thriller I have been waiting for Lately I admit, thrillers have not been..well thrilling me I have had a problem with them all being, mehThey either are one of these three things1 not really a thriller2 Start out with a bang and then the ending is just..plain ridiculous3 super boring until the last couple of chapters Not this one This one delivered from page one Jules and Will are the couple I love to hate They are gorgeous and they know it No Hells to the yes This is the thriller I have been waiting for Lately I admit, thrillers have not been..well thrilling me I have had a problem with them all being, mehThey either are one of these three things1 not really a thriller2 Start out with a bang and then the ending is just..plain ridiculous3 super boring until the last couple of chapters Not this one This one delivered from page one Jules and Will are the couple I love to hate They are gorgeous and they know it Nobody loves Jules and Willthan you guessed it Jules and Will Leave it to Jules to insist on dragging her entire wedding party to a remote island She claims it is for privacy, I though wondered if it were some publicity stunt The island has a wicked reputation and sketchy past Ummsounds like a fantastic place for a wedding, right I absolutely loved the creepy atmosphere, I wouldn t have spent one night there no matter how much Jules insisted because she would insist Everything is all about Jules The book revolves around multiple POV s which all are members of the wedding party Yet the author did a superb job of making it really easy to follow along The chapters were clearly labeled for each POV and if you didn t get it, she even had a description wedding planner, etcYesss I loved it Although admittedly I wasn t a huge fan of The Hunting Party, that is clearly not the case here Her previous novel was a bit too slow of a burn for me This one was ON FIRE This book was a super quick read, with short chapters that I flew through in less than 24 hours That is my kind of thriller There were several big twists that I never in a million years saw coming Yet, they weren t insane I knew something was off with each of the characters, yet for the life of me I couldn t figure out what they were hiding Trust me they were hiding alot


  5. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this evenhugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery, a modern take on Agatha Christie, set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island, off the west coast of Ireland The golden celebrity couple, Julia Jules Keegan, publisher of a successful online magazine, and the handsome Will Slater, rising star of TV show Survival, are getting married in style in front of their friends and family, an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner, Aoif Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this evenhugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery, a modern take on Agatha Christie, set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island, off the west coast of Ireland The golden celebrity couple, Julia Jules Keegan, publisher of a successful online magazine, and the handsome Will Slater, rising star of TV show Survival, are getting married in style in front of their friends and family, an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner, Aoife and catered for by her husband, Freddy However, it immediately becomes clear on a dark, wild and stormy wedding night of power cuts that something has gone desperately wrong, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, a distraught waitress speaks of seeing a body outside, which has the ushers setting out into the night to find out what has happened.Foley provides the perspectives of a wide host of diverse characters, with their fears, secrets, lies and silences amidst the drink and drug fuelled wedding celebrations over which hang an ominous air of upcoming disaster, a feeling that is enhanced further by the island location with its haunted history, its ghosts of the dead, its treacherous terrain and the approaching storm Jules is worrying about a anonymous note that warns her not to marry Will, her bridesmaid, her sister Olivia, is a fragile self harming wreck The best man, Johnno, is desperate not to lose touch with Will, they have a shared past history that goes back to their school days Hannah is the plus one, married to Charlie, the MC and best friend of the bride, they are a cash strapped couple, determined to make the most of their first opportunity for a long time to be away from their children and their humdrum lives The ushers are a bunch of sneering, entitled, bullying and malicious ex public schoolboys who have never grown up.Foley skilfully reveals the past history of the characters, the grief, the losses, the simmering resentments and jealousies, the guilt, the secrets, the lies, a past that adds up to a bubbling cauldron full of motives to kill, and a present where the chickens of the past have finally come home to roost Foley excels in writing a riveting murder mystery, with the vibrant creation and development of larger than life characters, attending a strife ridden wedding in a location that is just perfect for the darkest of deeds to take place A fabulous crime read that I recommend highly Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC


  6. Meredith Meredith says:

    3.75 stars I have raised hell The Guest List a whodunnit about a glamorous wedding The guests are out for revenge, leading them to raise hell The wedding of the year is about to take place on an exclusive island Bridezilla is about to marry a smarmy D list celebrity who has many skeletons in his closet The members of the Wedding Party hold the cards that could destroy their marriage and their lives The narrative alternates between many POV s The Bride, the Groom, the Best Man, The Plus O 3.75 stars I have raised hell The Guest List a whodunnit about a glamorous wedding The guests are out for revenge, leading them to raise hell The wedding of the year is about to take place on an exclusive island Bridezilla is about to marry a smarmy D list celebrity who has many skeletons in his closet The members of the Wedding Party hold the cards that could destroy their marriage and their lives The narrative alternates between many POV s The Bride, the Groom, the Best Man, The Plus One, The Wedding Planner, and The Bridesmaid While it seems a lot to keep up with, the structure of the book makes it easy to keep track of who is who The timeline flips back and forth between the past, two days before the wedding, to the chaotic wedding in the present The reader is taunted throughout about what might have happened We know that something bad has happened from the start, but we don t know quite what or who might have been hurt Details are slowly revealed leading to a bloody and dramatic ending.The structure and style of this book are similar to The Hunting Party, but the characters arelikable well, some of them are The setting was my favorite element The story takes place on a secluded, remote island off the coast of Ireland The island, rud to be haunted, is dark and sinister It is just as dangerous as the people staying on it, and the atmosphere adds an additional layer of menace.This is fast paced and easy to read I figured out the murderer early on, but I didn t know who had been murdered or why There are a lot of red herrings thrown in to make one question their arm chair detective skills Some elements of the plot came together with a little too easily it just so happened that one person in attendance had a link to another in a way that was just way too convenient However, this connection did add another potential candidate as the murderer.Overall, I enjoyed this for the entertainment value and for keeping me guessing I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  7. jessica jessica says:

    spooky island check.variety of characters check.dead body check. this has everything you could want from a classic whodunnit i had no surprises whilst reading this i saw EVERYTHING coming a mile away but its definitely because LF does a great job at planting clues along the way even though the story only takes place over the course of two days, this is a very slow building novel its very much character focused, rather than plot, and i like that the writing is quick and easy to devour spooky island check.variety of characters check.dead body check. this has everything you could want from a classic whodunnit i had no surprises whilst reading this i saw EVERYTHING coming a mile away but its definitely because LF does a great job at planting clues along the way even though the story only takes place over the course of two days, this is a very slow building novel its very much character focused, rather than plot, and i like that the writing is quick and easy to devour my only critique would be the ending as i said, the story spans two days, with a brief epilogue taking place the morning of the third day i would have loved to haveclosure than that it doesnt feel as if theres a proper ending for many of the characters, so i have no idea how they are going to adjust will the fall out of the events during the wedding weekend but overall, this is a very enjoyable and addicting read i look forward to seeing what kind of story LF comes up with next 4 stars


  8. Dita Dita says:

    The whole time I listened to this I was trying to figure out if I liked it It just never gelled all that well for me and every character was unlikable I mean, unlikable in the bad way, not the good way Then we finally, finally got to who was killed and all of the reasons why everyone there might ve been the killer that was pretty gritty and juicy.And the reveal was delish so 3 stars.Still not sure I d recommend this though, Agatha Christie does all of this closed room mystery business much b The whole time I listened to this I was trying to figure out if I liked it It just never gelled all that well for me and every character was unlikable I mean, unlikable in the bad way, not the good way Then we finally, finally got to who was killed and all of the reasons why everyone there might ve been the killer that was pretty gritty and juicy.And the reveal was delish so 3 stars.Still not sure I d recommend this though, Agatha Christie does all of this closed room mystery business much better


  9. Gabby Gabby says:

    Ahhhh, I had so much fun reading this thriller This is a classic who dunnit mystery, and it all takes place during a wedding on an island in Ireland I love everything about this book the slow burn mystery, the isolated spooky island, and reading form several different POV s.I found this book to be impossible to put down Right away, it creates this creepy spooky eerie vibe on this island, and I was pretty obsessed with the atmosphere of this book This entire book takes place within two days, Ahhhh, I had so much fun reading this thriller This is a classic who dunnit mystery, and it all takes place during a wedding on an island in Ireland I love everything about this book the slow burn mystery, the isolated spooky island, and reading form several different POV s.I found this book to be impossible to put down Right away, it creates this creepy spooky eerie vibe on this island, and I was pretty obsessed with the atmosphere of this book This entire book takes place within two days, during a wedding The story mainly takes place the day before the wedding and then it flash forwards we see what happened the night of the wedding when someone is murdered I like that we don t find out who it is that is murdered until nearly the end, I was trying to figure it out the entire book And I love that we follow from the POV from six different characters You d think it would be confusing but it was actually really easy after a while, and I loved all the storylines happening I love that everyone had a motive so you are still trying to figure out who did it There s a storm happening on the island and there are high winds and crashing waves and the power goes in and out, and it just makes for the perfect spooky setting This book honestly kind of reminds me of the movie Knives Out because of how clever and smart and atmospheric it is.I just loved it a whole lot It takes a lot for me to give a thriller five stars but I just had so much fun reading this and I didn t have any issues with it and I devoured this book in less than 24 hours Thanks to Book of the Month for sending this early copy my way


  10. Holly B Holly B says:

    Atmospheric, locked room remote island , extravagant wedding What else could you ask for This one has the Agatha Christie vibes that mystery lovers crave and I enjoyed every minute reading it My first by this author.The writing, the characters, and the suspense kept me guessing and I was all over the place trying to pinpoint the murderer The wildness of this island was getting under everyone s skin The cliffs, the waves, the sea, that moment.One night, the bride is afraid she won t sleep Atmospheric, locked room remote island , extravagant wedding What else could you ask for This one has the Agatha Christie vibes that mystery lovers crave and I enjoyed every minute reading it My first by this author.The writing, the characters, and the suspense kept me guessing and I was all over the place trying to pinpoint the murderer The wildness of this island was getting under everyone s skin The cliffs, the waves, the sea, that moment.One night, the bride is afraid she won t sleep a wink Is it the upcoming wedding or something else I was on pins and needlesthan once Characters to love and hate I love a good mystery and this one wowed me Thanks to my Goodreads friend for sharing Highly entertaining.Out May 2020