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The Guest List

The Guest List, June 2020
by Lucy Foley

William Morrow
320 pages
ISBN: 0062868934
EAN: 9780062868930
Hardcover
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"The wedding of a lifetime… and maybe someone’s last!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Guest List
Lucy Foley

Reviewed by Teresa Cross
Posted May 7, 2020

Thriller Psychological | Mystery

I love reading novels set in Ireland as much as I love reading thrillers. So, when you pick one that has both of these, then for me, it is a winner! Lucy Foley’s wonderfully written novel THE GUEST LIST is one I will not forget. With many possible prospects she introduces in this book, you find yourself sitting and wondering who will be murdered, and who will be the murder? Another who-done-it type of thriller, but this one had me guessing and astonished at the end!

In this novel, Lucy Foley writes from the views of many of the characters from the past and present without confusing the reader. You find out their secrets, some sooner and others much later, leaving you speculating to the very end. You also see how they all became acquaintances without giving away the most important details until the very end. It has been a while that a novel that is a complete thriller has had me this speechless. Foley has a creative storyline with some amazing writing.

A bride and groom off the coast of Ireland gather with their friends and family for the most beautiful wedding. However, what they do not realize is how unforgettable this day will be for everyone involved. Both the bride and groom are very successful people, him being a rising television star and her being a magazine publisher. They have their whole future before them. Then there are some of the guests and family all drinking and having a wonderful time. Drinking whiskey, because let’s face it with hardly any cell service what else is there to do? It is not safe on the island to walk around if you do not know where you are going because of the bog. Before the wedding day is over someone dies! Who could have done it? And more importantly what was their motive?

THE GUEST LIST is a better read then what I could have imagined! With all the elements of an amazing thriller, this mystery will not be one you would want to stop reading for any reason. Lucy Foley knew what she was doing when writing this one. You are in for a mind-blowing read!

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SUMMARY

“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

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the 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?


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