The Guest List
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"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 by Lucy Foley is a standalone mystery thriller novel.
Whenever I see that a book involves a group of people stuck on an island together and people start dying, I automatically think of Harper's Island. I feel like I am of the only person who watched that show because not once have I heard anyone talk about it.
Back on track, I did end up enjoying this. While I wouldn’t consider it a thriller at all (more of a murder mystery) and I predicted who did it early on into the book, it was a well-written story. I liked the format of the book since you are able to digest tiny bits at a time about the main characters as it is slowly revealed that they are all not what they seem. I also like that you're kept in suspense most of the time not knowing who died or what happened.
If you're looking for something that leans more on the thriller side, then maybe this isn't the book you're looking for. But if you are looking for an isolated murder mystery, then give it a shot.