So today I’m finally getting around to writing my review for The Guest List by Lucy Foley, let’s just get started…
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 favours, 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?
I was a little worried going into this book as I thought that it may have been over-hyped. However, when it came in the March My Chronicle Book Box I knew that it was my chance to give it a go.
Spoiler alert – This book definitely deserves all the attention it’s getting!
I believe that this is the first murder mystery within a small group of people in an isolated location that I’ve read (yes I know how dare I love crime fiction without having read any classic murder mysteries). I love that we don’t know straight away who has been murdered as this definitely adds another layer of intrigue.
We have five points of view here which usually I would find confusing and hard to follow however for this plot it really works. The majority of the characters and guests are from a privileged all boys boarding school with a very dark incident that happened during their time there. I’m grateful that we had our plus one Hannah as she seemed the most “normal” in a cast of strange, rich and unstable characters. I loved that we were slowly drip fed truths and secrets behind their perfect facades.
The pacing of this book is perfect! It was just enough that I really struggled putting this book down as I just kept wanting to read one more chapter to see what could possibly happen next. The ending was really satisfying which doesn’t happen very often in thrillers.
I honestly loved this book from beginning to end it exceeded my expectations and I definitely recommend The Guest List if you’re in need of a murder mystery/thriller.
If you’ve read this then I’d loved to know what you think of it.
See you guys in the next one…