The Guest List Book Reviews

Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley Book 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

"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?

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Book Name The Guest List
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Language English
E-Book Size 3 MB

The Guest List (Lucy Foley) Book Reviews 2024

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An enticing read. Interesting and creepy with beautiful descriptions of wild story backdrop.

Don’t read it.. Terribly boring book. I had to force myself to finish it. Of course this is just my opinion, but I would advise against purchasing this book.

Very good!. Super easy thriller! Lots of characters and well written from their perspectives!!!!

Overhyped. The premise of the story was interesting, but I left feeling letdown.

Borrrrrriiinnng. Super slow until the last few chapters. Ending was uneventful. Would not recommend.

Too much back & forth. All the back & forth teasing became annoying & took away from enjoying the book

Slow burn. Was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did

Loved it!. Keeps you guessing right to the end!!!

My favorite book this year. Even though LF wrote this years ago, I just found it. Tension on each and every page. I race-read this to find out the identity of the victim (I was wrong) and then the killer(s)? Wrong, on that too. I can’t recommend a book more highly.

Not great. Too many turns, with no great resolve. Seems like it went on forever ,and then just ended. Fell flat.

Had my attention the whole way to the end. Great writing

Good read. Even though I guessed what’s going on early in the book, I still enjoyed it.

Not fun or very interesting. Not a very good story. Not many enjoyable characters. Suspenseful at times.

Fantastic dive into the dark side. Suspense and a sharp examination of the dark side of the privileged elite. Love the well-executed changing perspectives and time sequence which gave The Guest List a three dimensional swirl. Highly recommended.

Too far fetched. This book took a long time to get moving and gain my interest.. and then when it did the narrative constantly switched from one character to the next and was confusing to follow.. The end was filled with way to many different plots and became very far fetched . Not a big fan..

Slow burn, but good!. It has a slower start, but nonetheless still a great book. If you like action packed throughout, this won’t be the book for you. It’s more about storyline and tying all of the pieces together in the end. Her descriptive writing is phenomenal. She does an excellent job of putting you in an isolated Irish setting.

Must-read!. Great book—unexpected ending!!

STUNNING. A thoughtful book written from the guests POV! Unmatched!

Thriller until the end. Love this great vacation or beach read. Love how each chapter goes from the point of view from each character. I kept switching who I thought “did it”. However that end was just awful. Very dry and I would love to hear how the rest of the characters coped and their aftermath.

So worth it!. Sooooo good! I couldn’t put it down!

Good. Easy to read Characters interesting Slow start ……eventually I didn’t want to put it down and wanted more.

Slow but worth it in the end. Took me awhile to get to the point where I couldn’t put it down, but I finally got there. Everything begins to come together and then it goes full speed ahead.

Secrets, Lies, and Guilt. My first foray into Lucy Foley’s novels was a winner. “The Guest List” is a fresh and hard to put down murder mystery meets ghost story. It reminds me a lot of Rian Johnson’s style in “Knives Out.” There is a compelling case to be made for a collaboration between Johnson and Foley. What drives the story forward is the unbearably messy drama of the cast of characters. That basic plot would not be enough to keep me on its own. It’s how Foley has layered on a complex web of secrets and lies that are carefully metered out over the pages. I love surprises and this book is packed with them at every turn. For all that there is real meaning and a message here. It’s as if Foley is arguing that the real ghosts in this story are the secrets buried in the past that come back to eat at your soul. Whether the victim or the villain, the burying of the truth has violent consequences for the self and others.

Excellent Read. Great plot twists

Entertaining enough. Just starts kind of slow, characters are a bit too intertwined. Kept my interest but could get confusing with so much back and forth. Twist at end was far fetched.

Good read. Well-written, good plot, continuously keeps you guessing!

The Guest List. Entertaining story of a remote location wedding and the ties that seem to involve them all.

The Guest List. Engrossing psychological thriller but at the same time, a fun “ beach read”. Stayed up late into the night to finish.

Slow starter. It took a while for this one to really take off but once it finally did, I didn’t want to put the book down.

Worth the Read. This book was very slow in the beginning but the ending made the book worth reading after all.

Loved it. A bit slow at first but gradually picks up and doesn’t stop until the end.

Loved it. The greatest kind of mystery and the greatest type of villain. Won’t guess until the end. Brilliant writing.

Easy read, twists I didn’t see coming!. The Guest List was a quick, easy read with twists that each left me gasping aloud.

Loss of interest.. Too many characters, sometimes I would lose focus, because of the lack of interest after a while. I had trouble focusing on who was talking pertaining to which character. Suspenseful near towards the end, but I had to keep charging through to finally get there…..

Good reading, annoying at times. Excellent characters. Easy to Follow, but it gets cumbersome, all the jumping back and forth- until the very end when it all comes together. However, I almost put it down bc of all the jumping around from perspective to perspective. Very well planned twists and turns

Good read!. Good read with good surprises! Kept me interested from start to finish.

Enjoyable. It does start off a bit slow and doesn’t pick up till around the last 1/4 of the book. It is very well written and I think Lucy does a phenomenal job with character descriptions and scenery. The ending was a bit too far fetched for me. That said, I did enjoy it and will definitely be reading more of Lucy’s books.

Long & drawn out, until the very end . .. Where to start? Each chapter is devoted to one of the main characters, and the chapters bounce back and forth in time for each character, depending upon the time frame the author writes about. I thought the book would have been better if it was written in chronological order . . until the very end, when everything came together. But what a chore to read to the end.

Twisty. Many twists you can’t see them all coming

The guest list. Loved it!!! I was bummed how it ended only because i want more story!

Amazing. From the story line and characters to how well Lucy is able to describe a scene so well with words - its a 100/10. I never saw the twists coming. I loved every second of this book.

Brilliant story!!. Awesome story. I loved the twist and turns. The stories within the stories. I especially loved how the author would go back in time and share each guests point of view. I wouldn’t have guessed the outcome and how everything was interwoven with each other. Bravo…I want more.

A great mystery. So many twists and turns! Ignited a love for murder mysteries and thrillers!!!

Very interesting format. Mysterious, well-written, deep without being overwhelming. Loved it.

Could be better. Dragged on forever

Could not put this down. It’s rare that an ending surprises me, but this one did. I loved all the characters in this story.

Holy awful. I ... hated this book. I don't think I've ever disliked a book more. It was slow and painful and the only reason I finished was because I paid money for it. Please do yourself a favor and do not think about starting this!

Quick read. Liked that chapters were told from different characters perspective. Good character development. Fast paced and an easy read, but the plot was very predictable.

A waste really. Wouldn’t suggest it , the story is so boring until you get to page 217 , I kept reading , to finish it because I had already stared it . Then when your really into it , it finishes! I hated the ending because so much was unfinished , that they could have put in . Idk

Best book I’ve read in a long time. Very detailed and descriptive! The way the author builds elaborate characters is amazing. If you are on the fence about buying this book, just do it. I didn’t regret it at all and might even read it a 2nd time.

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Must check that list twice. Very good,quick and to the point! Reminder to self guest list require lots of deep thinking!1

It was... ok?. Not a huge fan of this book. Kind of predictable I’d say. Reminded me of the type of stories I read when I was in high school (which is more than 15 years ago).

Mrs.. I did not expect it to be such a crap.

Guest List. Absolutely brilliant! It would make a good movie series!

Amazing read. The guest list only gives you tiny pieces of the puzzle at a time, and keeps you on your toes wanting more.

Waste. It was very hard for me to actually finish this book. I would only give it a 1/2 star if I could. Very disappointed as it seemed to have very good reviews.

Disappointed. Utter dullness... painful read

The Guest List. ‘The Guest List’ shouldn’t work because the idea of a murder at a wedding is not a new concept to fiction. but Lisa Foley revitalizes it, breathing life into it by working it at both ends before it combusts into a melodramatic spectacle of nail-biting proportions. she forges a story where everyone reveals themselves to be a sinister villain in one way or the other, giving them as much a reason to be the victim as the culprit. it is an energetic burst of tension that never lets up, catching you unawares even as it begs you to pay attention.

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The The Guest List book written by Lucy Foley was published on 02 June 2020, Tuesday in the Mysteries & Thrillers category. A total of 8,766 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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