The Guest ListLucy Foley

The Guest List

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“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?

The Guest List (Lucy Foley) Book Reviews

Was SatisfactoryLiked the narrative and the format; however, the whodunnit fell flat and was not tremendously satisfying..Score: 3/5

Good, not greatMaybe I expected too much with all the five star reviews. The first half was a bit slow and, overall, the plot was a little too clever — too many coincidences where several characters had a shared past but didn’t know it. But still a good read..Score: 4/5

Very twisty whodunitDidn’t see it coming…...Score: 5/5

Easy listen with some nice but slightly predictable twistsI enjoyed this book as a simple “who did it” book. The voices change in narrators was enjoyable, though the female narrators putting on the male public school boy voices was slightly irritating an stupid for me. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as “the hunting party” by Lucy Foley which was fantastic. This seemed to have a far more predictable and less complex story line..Score: 5/5

LovedLoved the twists at the end.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it downStarted and finished this book in under 24 hours. Such a page turner with twists in just about every chapter!.Score: 5/5

Slow start, gripping endThis certainly didn’t read in the way I expected going in, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I think the chapters being set up as characters perspective’s is an incredible writing skill, but I also found it frustrating at times because every single character change left me feeling like it was non-stop loose ends for 3/4 of the book. The last 100 pages were gripping, but the ending left me wanting more..Score: 4/5

Quick readLiked that chapters were told from different characters perspective. Good character development. Fast paced and an easy read, but the plot was very predictable..Score: 4/5

EntertainingEasy read, classic whodunit.Score: 5/5

Easy read, twists I didn’t see coming!The Guest List was a quick, easy read with twists that each left me gasping aloud..Score: 4/5

Far fetched snoozeEveryone has a motive...that you won’t find out about until the last 10th of the book. At which point, you won’t care. No one person could be as singularly evil and as coincidentally responsible for EVERY character’s formative traumatic life experience (unbeknownst to them). It’s just not believable. And not even in a fun way. As a lover of murder mysteries, hard pass..Score: 2/5

Could be betterDragged on forever.Score: 2/5

Had my attention the whole way to the endGreat writing.Score: 5/5

YawnerGood twist, but not the page turner that The NY Times claims it to be. It was quite boring at times..Score: 2/5

WOWIt has been so long since I found me on the edge of my seat for a book! I loved every single twist and turn..Score: 5/5

Perfect escapist read to take your mind off the madness.A deliciously, fun and captivating read! I devoured it in just a couple of days and am looking for more! Looking forward to reading more by this author..Score: 5/5

The Guest ListEngrossing psychological thriller but at the same time, a fun “ beach read”. Stayed up late into the night to finish..Score: 5/5

Not so goodNice description of the area..Score: 3/5

New Fan!This is my first time reading this author’s work and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I appreciate the fact that she gives enough details about each character to support your understanding of their attitudes and emotions, as well as their relevance as the story unfolds. I look forward to more from this author..Score: 4/5

Plot twistInteresting multiple perspectives..Score: 4/5

Pretty goodIt was a little slow but it really helped getting to know the characters I like what happened in the end shocked too, didn’t so much like how it ended kind of fast, would’ve liked to know more about what happens next.Score: 4/5

Very slowVery slow in the beginning. The pacing is way off. The only interesting part is the last 1/4 of the book..Score: 2/5

Boring book.Honestly can’t see how this book could be a best seller..Score: 1/5

Meh...It was ok didn’t live up to the hype..Score: 2/5

Predictable, contrived, elementaryAny twists you think are coming, are. It was fine for a pool read, I guess..Score: 2/5

Great readGreat twists and turns throughout. Easy to get lost into this book and read it in one setting . Highly recvomend. Can’t wait to read more of her works.Score: 5/5

Page turnerExcellent thriller and a quick read.Score: 5/5

Worth the ReadThis book was very slow in the beginning but the ending made the book worth reading after all..Score: 4/5

Great readIt was a great mystery that all began to fall into place as you tried to figure out who did it..Score: 4/5

Predictable storyline, predictable characters.A lot of unlikeable characters. Beach read at best..Score: 3/5

Good readEven though I guessed what’s going on early in the book, I still enjoyed it..Score: 4/5

Fun read!Liked the book. Kept me guessing!.Score: 4/5

Great read!Read this while vacationing on the beach and had me wanting more & more! Page turner and chair gripper for sure! Loved it!!.Score: 5/5

Worth the waitI’m not going to lie, the climb to the climax is a long journey. However by the end of the novel, I appreciate Lucy’s ability to lay the foundation. She sneaks in small clues and hints throughout the story. These clues may seem minuscule in the beginning, however they are key elements to the story. By the end you are mind blown…You will be in awe of how Lucy was able to entangle so many messy lives into one great story..Score: 5/5

Fantastic dive into the dark sideSuspense 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..Score: 5/5

Greatest Twist in a Long WhileThis read is a puzzle and the satisfaction of the resolve is incomparable to any book I’ve read in ages!.Score: 4/5

Not my favoriteEveryone hyped this book up so much-I was a little let down! Cool connections throughout the plot line, but I wasn’t a fan of the writing style..Score: 3/5

Good readSlow to start but halfway through it picks up. Good ending!.Score: 4/5

The guest listGreat book.Score: 5/5

MagnificentSuch a great ending and I really related to the charchters.Score: 5/5

Binged readRead this book in a matter of days. Fast paced and well narrated, with a twist at the end. Opinions of characters certainly change the more you read!.Score: 4/5

Loved itThe greatest kind of mystery and the greatest type of villain. Won’t guess until the end. Brilliant writing..Score: 5/5

The Guest ListBook has way too much foul language..Score: 1/5

Held my breath during the whole thingThe Guest List was a book that reintroduced reading for me. It’s the first book I’ve read in 2 years and what an amazing choice. I’ve never read such a book with as much exciting anxiety and nervousness for what was to come page to page. I found myself skimming the following words ahead because I couldn’t read fast enough! Amazing book. Will be telling my friends all about this one!.Score: 5/5

FabulousGreat book. The ending could’ve been written better - it was very flat..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!Loved the story and the twists and turns! Great book…couldn’t put it down.Score: 5/5

Big surprises!!Fun book with lots of twists and turns at the end!.Score: 4/5

Slow, but good.I could give this book 4 stars because of how everything tied together in the end. But the beginning and middle were so slow, it justifies only giving 3 stars..Score: 3/5

PredictableIt was okay but pretty predictable..Score: 3/5

MixedIf I hadn’t been so lost for the first 2/3rd’s of the book I would have like it better. Premise was good, but it took way too long to get to the point of it all. When it did, it was over. Felt like there was more to be said..Score: 3/5

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DisappointedUtter dullness... painful read.Score: 2/5

WasteIt 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..Score: 1/5

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..Score: 4/5

Mrs.I did not expect it to be such a crap..Score: 1/5

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)..Score: 2/5

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