The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley Book Summary





“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 Book Details

Book Name The Guest List
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Author Lucy Foley
Published 02 June 2020, Tuesday
Price $11.99
E-Book Size 3 MB

The Guest List by Lucy Foley Book Reviews

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Fantastic dive into the dark side. Suspense 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.


A waste really. Wouldn’t suggest it , the story is so boring until you get to page 217 , I kept reading , to finish it because I had already stared it . Then when your really into it , it finishes! I hated the ending because so much was unfinished , that they could have put in . Idk


Could not put this down. It’s rare that an ending surprises me, but this one did. I loved all the characters in this story.


Very good!. Super easy thriller! Lots of characters and well written from their perspectives!!!!


Not fun or very interesting. Not a very good story. Not many enjoyable characters. Suspenseful at times.

Richard Bakare

Secrets, Lies, and Guilt. My first foray into Lucy Foley’s novels was a winner. “The Guest List” is a fresh and hard to put down murder mystery meets ghost story. It reminds me a lot of Rian Johnson’s style in “Knives Out.” There is a compelling case to be made for a collaboration between Johnson and Foley. What drives the story forward is the unbearably messy drama of the cast of characters. That basic plot would not be enough to keep me on its own. It’s how Foley has layered on a complex web of secrets and lies that are carefully metered out over the pages. I love surprises and this book is packed with them at every turn. For all that there is real meaning and a message here. It’s as if Foley is arguing that the real ghosts in this story are the secrets buried in the past that come back to eat at your soul. Whether the victim or the villain, the burying of the truth has violent consequences for the self and others.

Ali B Sea Ray

Too far fetched. This book took a long time to get moving and gain my interest.. and then when it did the narrative constantly switched from one character to the next and was confusing to follow.. The end was filled with way to many different plots and became very far fetched . Not a big fan..


Slow starter. It took a while for this one to really take off but once it finally did, I didn’t want to put the book down.


STUNNING. A thoughtful book written from the guests POV! Unmatched!


Had my attention the whole way to the end. Great writing


Quick read. Liked that chapters were told from different characters perspective. Good character development. Fast paced and an easy read, but the plot was very predictable.


My favorite book this year. Even though LF wrote this years ago, I just found it. Tension on each and every page. I race-read this to find out the identity of the victim (I was wrong) and then the killer(s)? Wrong, on that too. I can’t recommend a book more highly.


Thriller until the end. Love this great vacation or beach read. Love how each chapter goes from the point of view from each character. I kept switching who I thought “did it”. However that end was just awful. Very dry and I would love to hear how the rest of the characters coped and their aftermath.


Amazing. From the story line and characters to how well Lucy is able to describe a scene so well with words - its a 100/10. I never saw the twists coming. I loved every second of this book.

Kaylynne Hill

Slow burn, but good!. It has a slower start, but nonetheless still a great book. If you like action packed throughout, this won’t be the book for you. It’s more about storyline and tying all of the pieces together in the end. Her descriptive writing is phenomenal. She does an excellent job of putting you in an isolated Irish setting.


Good. Easy to read Characters interesting Slow start ……eventually I didn’t want to put it down and wanted more.


The guest list. Loved it!!! I was bummed how it ended only because i want more story!


Not great. Too many turns, with no great resolve. Seems like it went on forever ,and then just ended. Fell flat.


Loved it. A bit slow at first but gradually picks up and doesn’t stop until the end.


Good read. Well-written, good plot, continuously keeps you guessing!

Sarah Steels

Enjoyable. It does start off a bit slow and doesn’t pick up till around the last 1/4 of the book. It is very well written and I think Lucy does a phenomenal job with character descriptions and scenery. The ending was a bit too far fetched for me. That said, I did enjoy it and will definitely be reading more of Lucy’s books.

Cat Disla

Must-read!. Great book—unexpected ending!!


The Guest List. Entertaining story of a remote location wedding and the ties that seem to involve them all.


An enticing read. Interesting and creepy with beautiful descriptions of wild story backdrop.


Holy awful. I ... hated this book. I don't think I've ever disliked a book more. It was slow and painful and the only reason I finished was because I paid money for it. Please do yourself a favor and do not think about starting this!


Too much back & forth. All the back & forth teasing became annoying & took away from enjoying the book


Excellent Read. Great plot twists


Loved it!. Keeps you guessing right to the end!!!


Very interesting format. Mysterious, well-written, deep without being overwhelming. Loved it.


Slow burn. Was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did


Entertaining enough. Just starts kind of slow, characters are a bit too intertwined. Kept my interest but could get confusing with so much back and forth. Twist at end was far fetched.


Slow but worth it in the end. Took me awhile to get to the point where I couldn’t put it down, but I finally got there. Everything begins to come together and then it goes full speed ahead.


Good reading, annoying at times. Excellent characters. Easy to Follow, but it gets cumbersome, all the jumping back and forth- until the very end when it all comes together. However, I almost put it down bc of all the jumping around from perspective to perspective. Very well planned twists and turns


Brilliant story!!. Awesome story. I loved the twist and turns. The stories within the stories. I especially loved how the author would go back in time and share each guests point of view. I wouldn’t have guessed the outcome and how everything was interwoven with each other. Bravo…I want more.


Don’t read it.. Terribly boring book. I had to force myself to finish it. Of course this is just my opinion, but I would advise against purchasing this book.


Best book I’ve read in a long time. Very detailed and descriptive! The way the author builds elaborate characters is amazing. If you are on the fence about buying this book, just do it. I didn’t regret it at all and might even read it a 2nd time.


Borrrrrriiinnng. Super slow until the last few chapters. Ending was uneventful. Would not recommend.


A great mystery. So many twists and turns! Ignited a love for murder mysteries and thrillers!!!


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


Could be better. Dragged on forever


Good read. Even though I guessed what’s going on early in the book, I still enjoyed it.


Twisty. Many twists you can’t see them all coming


Worth the Read. This book was very slow in the beginning but the ending made the book worth reading after all.


Overhyped. The premise of the story was interesting, but I left feeling letdown.


So worth it!. Sooooo good! I couldn’t put it down!


Long & drawn out, until the very end . .. Where to start? Each chapter is devoted to one of the main characters, and the chapters bounce back and forth in time for each character, depending upon the time frame the author writes about. I thought the book would have been better if it was written in chronological order . . until the very end, when everything came together. But what a chore to read to the end.


The Guest List. Engrossing psychological thriller but at the same time, a fun “ beach read”. Stayed up late into the night to finish.

Gretchen, CEO

Loss of interest.. Too many characters, sometimes I would lose focus, because of the lack of interest after a while. I had trouble focusing on who was talking pertaining to which character. Suspenseful near towards the end, but I had to keep charging through to finally get there…..


Good read!. Good read with good surprises! Kept me interested from start to finish.


Loved it. The greatest kind of mystery and the greatest type of villain. Won’t guess until the end. Brilliant writing.

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Must check that list twice. Very good,quick and to the point! Reminder to self guest list require lots of deep thinking!1


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.


Amazing read. The guest list only gives you tiny pieces of the puzzle at a time, and keeps you on your toes wanting more.

Natalie the Reder

Mrs.. I did not expect it to be such a crap.


Disappointed. Utter dullness... painful read


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).


Guest List. Absolutely brilliant! It would make a good movie series!


Waste. It 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.

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Fabulous. Great book. The ending could’ve been written better - it was very flat.


Disappointing. Saw so many rave reviews about this book. Read it in less than an hour because of skimming through so many of the characters point of view. Needless to say, very disappointed.


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

Kim islander

Exciting and captivating. The story line had you guessing everyone! Really enjoyed this read and finished it less than a week


Binged read. Read 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!

Solo Chicky

Big surprises!!. Fun book with lots of twists and turns at the end!

The Copper Cactus

Slow start, gripping end. This 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.


Just okay. I don’t believe this book to be all the hype everyone claims it to be. I could guess what could happen mid-way through the book.


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.


Boring book.. Honestly can’t see how this book could be a best seller.


Loved. Loved the twists at the end

Savage Army Wife

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


Page turner. Excellent thriller and a quick read


Mixed. If 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.


Well done. Good book


Yawner. Good twist, but not the page turner that The NY Times claims it to be. It was quite boring at times.

Brooklyn Boss Lady

Quick beach read. There was a good amount of suspense


Magnificent. Such a great ending and I really related to the charchters


...totally see Armie Hammer cast in title role though.. A slow read that finally gets resolved by use of wayyy too many coincidences.... Totally see Armie Hammer cast as the title role if this gets turned into a movie


The Guest List. Book has way too much foul language.

Wanda_growing in Christ

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.


Plot twist. Interesting multiple perspectives.


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.


I couldn’t put it down!. Entertaining from the very start.


Good, not great. Maybe 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.

Zachary R Franey

Great read. Great 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


Ok but not a top read. Very descriptive writing with a weak story. Disappointed.


Not my favorite. Everyone 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.


WOW. It has been so long since I found me on the edge of my seat for a book! I loved every single twist and turn.


Fun read!. Liked the book. Kept me guessing!


Great read. It was a great mystery that all began to fall into place as you tried to figure out who did it.


Greatest Twist in a Long While. This read is a puzzle and the satisfaction of the resolve is incomparable to any book I’ve read in ages!

Theresa Roberts786

Easy listen with some nice but slightly predictable twists. I 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.


Loved it. The greatest kind of mystery and the greatest type of villain. Won’t guess until the end. Brilliant writing.


Entertaining. Easy read, classic whodunit


Not so good. Nice description of the area.


Meh.... It was ok didn’t live up to the hype.


Predictable. It was okay but pretty predictable.


The guest list. Great book


Predictable, contrived, elementary. Any twists you think are coming, are. It was fine for a pool read, I guess.


Far fetched snooze. Everyone 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.

Jenny from the Bloch

Worth the wait. I’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.


Very twisty whodunit. Didn’t see it coming…..


Was Satisfactory. Liked the narrative and the format; however, the whodunnit fell flat and was not tremendously satisfying.


Couldn’t put it down. Started and finished this book in under 24 hours. Such a page turner with twists in just about every chapter!

Rompa. rume

Predictable storyline, predictable characters.. A lot of unlikeable characters. Beach read at best.


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


Good read. Slow to start but halfway through it picks up. Good ending!


Held my breath during the whole thing. The 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!


Pretty good. It 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

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About Author "Lucy Foley"

Lucy Foley (born 16 August 1986) in Sussex, England, is a British author of contemporary, historical fiction and mystery novels. Her novels The Paris Apartment and The Guest List are New York Times best sellers. Education Foley studied English literature at University College London and Durham University. Career Foley worked as an editor at Headline Publishing Group and Hodder & Stoughton before writing full-time. The Guest List (2020) The Guest List is a thriller novel published June 2, 2020 by William Morrow. The book is a New York Times and Washington Post best seller.The Guest List received a starred review from Library Journal, as well as positive reviews from Booklist, The New York Times Book Review, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Harper's Bazaar, Shelf Awareness, and PopSugar. Publishers Weekly provided a mixed review. The book also received the following accolades: New York Times Best Thrillers of 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Myster....

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