Another exciting book to blog about! With Lucy Foley’s memorable book covers and fast-paced plots, who could resist! I was so thrilled to receive a review copy of this book. It’s definitely a five star read from me!
A REMOTE ISLAND. AN INVITATION TO DIE FOR.
A gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party.
‘Lucy Foley is really very clever’ Anthony Horowitz
‘A classic whodunnit’ Kate Mosse
‘Sharp and atmospheric and addictive’ Louise Candlish
‘Grabs you from the off’ Heat
‘Secrets and lies at every turn’ Sarah Pinborough
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 . . .
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (20 Feb. 2020)
What a cracking read! Here’s a thriller that definitely stands up to the hype! A tense, and perfectly paced murder mystery I couldn’t put down.
I hadn’t read anything by Lucy Foley before, but the outstanding reviews of her previous book, The Hunting Party, encouraged me to dig further. I’m so glad I did. The Guest List is definitely going to be one of my favorite books so far this year.
Will Slater is marrying Jules Keegan. He is a television celebrity, she is the publisher of an online magazine. It is publicized as the wedding of the year, set in the ruined chapel on Innis Amploir, an island off the Irish coast. Publicity is sure to be mind-blowing, paparazzi are bound to be on site, but is the venue across choppy seas worth the trek? Is the island a little too cut-off from the mainland? And is the setting potentially a little claustrophobic? I would say yes, to both. And that’s what makes this locked-room mystery so exceptional.
Each chapter POV makes up the wedding party. Bride’s sister Olivia is bridesmaid, Charlie is the MC, Johnno Briggs the best man and friend of the bride, and Hannah, Charlie’s wife. On the island also is wedding planner, Aoife and her husband, Freddy. There are ushers and plenty of other character to chew on, but it’s the wedding party I found so fascinating. They are far from settled in such idyllic surroundings and you can’t help feeling a sinister vibe with each page.
The relationship between the party has a history and it’s this history that threatens the status quo. There are crushes where you wouldn’t expect, which makes the story all the more deliciously entertaining, and a narcissist point of view that reveals a whole other layer to Foley’s well-fleshed out characters.
Firstly, Hannah and Charlie are not as wealthy or as well-connected as the bride and groom, and must feel very much out of their social bracket. Since the groom’s father was headmaster of Trevellyans, the guests are mostly made up of former students, coming from the so-called higher echelons of society. The ushers seemed to have a herd mentality, and no sense of right and wrong, which hastens the menace and ups the heart-rate. You anticipate something bad is going to happen early on and the ending is something I didn’t see coming. There are clues sprinkled all the way through, but not ones I could easily recognize. Everyone is a suspect and that makes for a niftily executed read!
I want to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for giving Bookpreneur the privilege of reading an advance review copy.
About 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. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.
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