A Wedding Celebration Turns Dark And Deadly In This Deliciously Wicked And Atmospheric Thriller Reminiscent Of Agatha Christie From The Author Of The Hunting PartyThe Bride The Plus One The Best Man The Wedding Planner The Bridesmaid The BodyOn 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 ExecutedBut 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 Important, Why

10 thoughts on “The Guest List

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this even hugely 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.

  2. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    4 5 stars You are cordially invited to the wedding of Julia Keegan, owner of a lifestyle magazine and Will Slater, TV star The wedding of the year will take place on Inis Amploir Cormorant Island off the Irish coast A boat will be provided to ferry you to and from the island, though the main wedding party will stay in the luxuriously refurbished Folly It would be wise to take a motion sickness pill prior to boarding the boat as Irish seas can be er unpredictable, so probably best not to wear green or wear vertiginous heels as they could sink into the many peat bogs So a disparate bunch of invitees make their way to the island and despite the intentions of Aoife, the wedding planner and owner of the island, what develops is a nightmarish gathering from hell The pair duly marry but a storm is raging outside and inside, a waitress screams, the lights go out, a few of the guests stumble drunkenly outside to work out what s happening There s the danger of the cliff edge and peat bogs to swallow you up Is someone dead Who What unravels is very atmospheric and tense and towards the end you find you are holding your breathe as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife Literally This slow burning psychological thriller is very well written The account of the events includes five perspectives, Aoife, Jules the bride, Olivia her half sister and bridesmaid, Johnno the best man and Hannah the plus one, married to Charlie the MC The characters are well depicted, some are despicable, there s the odd diva there always is as a wedding , a few botoxed beauties, some likeable characters and the ushers who are a bunch of arrogant, entitled privately educated men who are still school boys, act like pack animals and I want to punch their lights out Which is entirely the point The stand out thing for me is the island and the weather which provides a magnificent, atmospheric backdrop and mirrors the storm brewing among the guests The island has a ghostly feel and has legends which adds an extra dimension and there are some really creepy scenes to match the folklore, not least around the screeching cormorants which are seen as harbingers of death and evil which adds another layer of tension Lucy Foley captures so well how strangers meet at a wedding, all bringing their stories and their baggage and as the night progresses with increased drunkenness, the frenzy of the band, tension rises and erupts volcanically in this wild location The book has everything fans of this genre like tension, revenge, secrets, lies, cowardice, grief, cruelty, the list goes on making this the guest list from Hades Overall, a really well executed, atmospheric, slow burner of a novel At times I felt the pace a little too slow and I couldn t get past my dislike of the ushers so hence 4 5 stars There is a great deal to admire in the writing of this clever novel and I would recommend it to fans of the genre There are things you definitely don t see coming and the end is a genuine surprise which I really like Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC.

  3. 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 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

  4. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    A celebrity wedding between a magazine publisher and a popular TV action man, a best man who knows dark secrets about the groom s past, a fragile bridesmaid, a group of odious ushers who went to private school with the groom and act as if they never left, all on a small windswept island off the Irish coast What could possibly go wrong The Guest List is a suspenseful thriller, starting the day before the wedding as the various members of the wedding party arrive at a newly established resort This is the first wedding for owner and wedding planner, Aoife and her husband Freddy and they are hoping for a successful spread in the bride Julia Keegan s magazine if all goes well The venue, the chapel, the flowers, the music and the catering are all perfect and the bride and groom make a glamorous couple However, they didn t count on the guest list As the night goes on and a massive storm rolls in, long held resentments and tensions build until somebody is killed Who will it be and who did it Told from various points of view of key members of the wedding party, Lucy Foley gradually and skilfully ramps up the tension as long held secrets are revealed The characters are all well depicted with a number of possible suspects The island is also a wonderful creation with it s murderous bogs and deadly cliffs adding to it s gothic charm, making it the perfect location for a wedding that was always going to end badly All making for a deliciously dark thriller With many thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins Australia for a digital copy to read

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    After reading The Hunting Party and being totally hooked, I was very excited to get my hands on The Guest List and escape for a few hours Julie a magazine publisher is marrying television star celebrity Will Slater, the star of the show Survival The location of their wedding is on an Island off the coast of Ireland The guests will come over on a boat and a select few will be staying at the refurbished Folly, which is run by couple Aoife and Freddie, the wedding planner and the caterer This is the first wedding for Aofie and Freddie, so they want everything to be perfect and hopefully they will get a good review from Julia in her magazine But one thing they couldn t control is the weather, oh and the guests At the beginning of the book we know something has gone wrong, the storm has caused the lights to go out, a terrified waitress has seen a body outside and guests are soon rushing out into the dark stormy night.The story is told from several key characters point of view, leading up to the wedding day and the wedding night We get to know the characters and their pasts and how they are connected to the bride and groom I loved this book and how each person has a different perspective of the wedding night The wedding guests each have their own secrets, fears and lies The storm is raging outside but inside there is a different type of storm brewing, that will have its own fatal outcome and affect all of them.I loved this book and found myself engrossed from the first page The spooky location with the deadly bogs and treacherous cliffs makes this a thrilling read where you cannot trust anyone Everyone is a suspect Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  6. Julie (JuJu) Julie (JuJu) says:

    Everyone has secrets in this who dunnit mystery suspense I read The Hunting Party and loved it, so I couldn t wait to get my hands on Foley s newest thriller There is definitely a similarity between the two and I m not sure which one I liked better Foley is wonderful at transforming a remote setting into the perfect murder sitevery chilling and eerie She also likes to keep it interesting by gathering an ill matched group Like her previous book, this one slowly builds up tension, so by the time you get to the last 10%, you can t read fast enough The secrets and twists that come out in that last bit make the book worth reading.It s narrated in various POV s the main characters in the wedding party Each chapter builds up suspense and leaves you hanging, then goes on to another narrator There were many times when I stayed up reading too late because it was hard to find a good stopping point I won t go into too many specifics You can find those in the book description or other reviews I will say that I found Will s ushers and best man, who were old school mates, to be an interesting bunch Just add a little liquor and drugs and these adult, professional men returned to their boyish antics and shenanigansso typical and realistic The rituals, the male bonding When we get together there s this kind of pack mentality We get carried away My Rating 4 sPublished May 5th 2020 by William Morrow Pages 320Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and Lucy Foley for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion lucyfoleytweets WmMorrowBooks weiss_squad MysteryThriller TheGuestList May2020

  7. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT NOW The Wedding Night The lights go out In an instant, everything is in darkness The band stop their playing Inside the marquee the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls It s impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying above the guests voices the wind rises in a frenzy Outside a storm is raging It shrieks around them, it batters the marquee At each assault the whole structure seems to flex and shudder with a loud groaning of metal the guests cower in alarm The doors have come free of their ties and flap at the entrance The flames of the paraffin torches that illuminate the doorway snicker It feels personal, this storm It feels as though it has saved all its fury for them This isn t the first time the electrics have shorted But the last time the lights snapped back on again within minutes The guests returned to their dancing, their drinking, their pill popping, their screwing, their eating, their laughingand forgot it ever happened How long has it been now In the dark it s difficult to tell A few minutes Fifteen Twenty They re beginning to feel afraid This darkness feels somehow ominous, intense As though anything could be happening beneath its cover ABOUT THIS BOOK On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater Old friends.Past grudges Happy families.Hidden jealousies Thirteen guests.One body The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.All have a secret All have a motive.One guest won t leave this wedding alive .MY THOUGHTS The air of menace is palpable from the outset, but we don t find out at whom it is directed until almost the end There is no shortage of possibilities It seems that all the main characters bear a grudge against someone, and all have secrets to hide and protect Most of the characters aren t at all likeable, but the cast is an interesting one The story is told from multiple points of view Jules, the bride, a success in her own right, who is marrying Will, star of a TV survival show Olivia, the bride s sister and only bridesmaid, fragile following her own failed romance Johno, best man, odd man out, serial failure, and friend of the groom from their boarding school days Hannah, the plus one, mother of two and wife of the bride s best friend, Charlie Aoife, wedding planner and venue owner with her partner Freddie Add to this mix the ushers, also Will s friends from boarding school, and the combination becomes even volatile.The story is told over two days, that of the wedding, and the preceding day as the wedding party arrives on the island Lucy Foley has created an incredibly atmospheric setting for her novel There is a whispering cave, a graveyard, a crumbling castle edifice, and a wedding party trapped on an island during a violent storm The secrets are slowly revealed, the suspense teased out as we await the inevitable But who will be the victim And who is the killer A surprising and inventive novel .5 TheGuestList NetGalley THE AUTHOR Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full time The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Harper Collins Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Guest List by Lucy Foley for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, and my webpage

  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This is an Agatha Christie inspired mystery in a modern setting combined with a psychological thriller Like the author s Hunting Party, its formula revolves around a mismatched group of people in a remote setting The location is a windswept island off the Irish coast Near the beginning, we learn that one of the group has been murdered What we don t know is the identity of the person killed, who did it, or the motivation Guests are arriving at this almost deserted island said to be haunted by ghosts The occasion is a very lavish wedding The setting with its peat bogs, cliffs, caves, and the changeable cool and damp weather is vividly described I was not immediately gripped by the story It starts out slowly and the narrative alternates in short chapters from the perspective of five different characters Each chapter often ends with a reference or hint at dark secrets or a past event that compelled me to keep reading and learn what mysteries would be revealed The characters were often twisted and despicable Up to a point, I felt this would be a 2 to 3 Star read for me In the final chapters, there were some brilliant revelations and stunning surprises that raised the book to a higher level The story touches on themes of elitism, feelings of entitlement, jealousy, low self esteem, resentment, celebrity status, lack of success, heartbreak, long held anger, deceit, betrayal and inappropriate sexual liaisons Aoife is an efficient wedding planner She and her husband, the caterer, are the islands only inhabitants They have renovated property in hopes that this wedding would give them publicity to operate a successful business at this site Jules is the bride to be She is the publisher of a popular online magazine She feels she is entitled to the best things in life, both in her career and marriage She intends to have a beautiful, spectacular wedding She is marrying Will, the man of her dreams He stars in a survivalist TV series and is handsome, charming, and popular with viewers of the show Hannah is attending because her husband, Charlie, has been Jules s best friend for many years Charlie teaches school, and they are uncomfortable among wealthy guests Hannah feels out of place around the women in their fashionable designer outfits and knows no one there Charlie does not connect with the other men who talk about their schooldays at an elite, expensive private school Olivia is the bridesmaid and Jules younger sister She is fragile and a recent trauma has left her in emotional distress She has dropped out of University and it is apparent she does not want to be at the wedding Johnno, the best man, attended the same posh private school as Will The two men seem connected by something that happened back in their school days Johnno resents that he has not been successful like Will and the other guests from their school He drinks to excess and uses cocaine and other illegal drugs There are four professional men acting as ushers who were friends with Will and Johnno at school Their behaviour is loud, immature, and obnoxious Their dialogue makes them sound like rude teenagers These rambunctious men reminisce about the pranks they played at school, drink and take drugs The mixture of guests does not bode well for a pleasant wedding party The lights go out while the cake is being cut A waitress is heard outside screaming in the rain She tells them she saw a body Who has been murdered and why Everyone has a motive Recommended I can t wait to read what Lucy Foley writes next.

  9. Alan Cotterell Alan Cotterell says:

    I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review I normally would of said Thank you at the start of that sentence But on this occasion, the only thing to say thank you for was that it was reasonably short.I requested this, as from the blurb it had great promise Boy was I wrong The first chapter was quite good After that each chapter was written from a different guests pov Jumping all over the place None of the characters were likeable at all It sounded like the wedding from Hell, and not for the reason the author intended.At times felt like the author had dropped the chapters, and picked up quickly, getting them out of order I didmanage to finish this, which was mainly because it was an ARC, and I felt obligated to finish it Also because I kept thinking it would improve. it didn t.

  10. Mandy White Mandy White says:

    I was not the biggest fan of The Hunting Party last year but I was certainly in the minority I wanted to give the author another go and I am happy to say that The Guest List exceeded my expectations and I read most it this afternoon A great psychological thriller with a cast of truly despicable characters It was clever and with its creepy setting great rainy Sunday afternoon read.It is the first wedding to be held on this small island off the coast of Ireland, an island stepped in gothic history The star couple of Will, a TV star and Julia, the publisher of an online magazine It is to be a glamorous and lavish affair in a beautiful yet remote location There is much drinking and secrets are spilled Pieces of puzzles are put together and somebody ends up dead And there are a number of people that wanted them dead.Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased