I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Guest List by Lucy Foley with you today. I loved The Hunting Party so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy of The Guest List.
My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and to Jen Harlow at HarperCollins, for a copy of the book.
Before I share my review with you, here is what The Guest List is about.
~ Publisher’s Description ~
On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
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 ~
Ooh, just reading the blurb gives me the chills – and this book has a lot of them!
The Guest List is a classic whodunnit, with an Agatha Christie vibe. It is set on Cormorant Island, a remote island off of the Irish coast, where the only way on and off is by boat – and that’s when the weather is behaving itself. It’s the perfect setting for the wedding of the year but also for tragic events to unfold.
The Guest List begins on the evening of the wedding party where a body has been found on the island. The story then plays out between the day before and the party. It is told from the points of view of 5 characters: Jules, the bride, Olivia, the bridesmaid, Hannah, the plus-one, Aoife, the wedding planner, and Johnno, the best man. They really are an interesting bunch, each with their own stories and memories of the past. The closer it gets to the wedding, the more tense the atmosphere becomes and the more unsettled the characters are.
The island is a character in itself and acts as the catalyst for the events that unfold. The island’s remoteness and isolation plays with the characters, tormenting them. They feel trapped and, bit by bit, their true colours begin to show and decades old secrets and grudges emerge.
Lucy Foley has a brilliant way of creating an atmosphere in very few words. She is an intelligent and accomplished writer. Like The Hunting Party, The Guest List is an outstanding read and deserves the numerous accolades it has already received (it was only published nine days ago!). I am already looking forward to the next book.
~ Where to find The Guest List ~
~ About Lucy Foley ~
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, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s 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. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.
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