The Guest List

The Guest List by Lucy Foley Book Summary

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“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 by Lucy Foley Book Reviews

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- Twists and turns5 star

This book moves back and forth as it tells the story through the perspective of various characters over the course of 2 days. The story builds to an unlikely conclusion keeping the reader captivated as each character develops. An interesting writing style and good read!

- Good but...4 star

I finished this book in a day. It’s a page-turner to be sure. The style and different perspectives worked well. My only problem is the ending. Everything else was paced so perfectly until the ending which was rushed to the point of confusion. I kept scrolling over thinking there had to be more, but unfortunately there’s wasn’t. I do love endings that don’t tie everything up in a nice bow and this certainly fits that bill. However, after all the build up the ending felt flat and mostly unresolved.

- The Guest List2 star

So ridiculous and completely unrealistic!

- Excellent5 star

Kept me guessing until the end

- No closure3 star

The book was great, but the ending was terrible. Absolutely no closure. To have so many point of views through out the book and then none of them tie together is so disappointing. It’s like, putting puzzle pieces together into their spots and then never connecting them.

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

I like reading books with bad review - they are always the best ones! This kept me captivated throughout the entire book. Plot twists had me actually reading with my mouth hanging open. The ending was NOT expected at all. Great read.

- Don’t buy this book it never goes anywhere. It’s not a murder mystery2 star

This book is marketed as a murder mystery? But that’s about 10% of the book? It’s mostly just hours of the author trying to sound like Hemingway by saying things like “the groomsmen held their torches like soldiers brandishing swords”. Overkill of metaphors and descriptive language that is so boring. Mostly this is hours of characters going on and on and mundane boring thoughts and details. I don’t care that Hannah’s room at the castle is twice as big as her room and home and that there is also an ice bucket in the room with expensive white wine and there’s also two glass sitting by it oh and there’s a chandelier above...it just doesn’t work in a murder mystery. Get the the point! It never does!

- Entertaining5 star

Overall is ok Keeps you into the island Predictable the rich people and score 5 because keep me reading

- The guest list5 star

An awesome awesome read… too many twists and turns throughout the whole book ... a crazy twist at the very end that you’ll never see coming… A very unique style of storytelling… It is a must read for sure. Enjoy 😀

- HUGE waste of money1 star

Just don’t.

- And then the lights went out...5 star

Great summer read that will have you on the edge of your seat before the book goes from 0-60 in a matter of a few chapters. Very clever, fun and entertaining book!

- Good beach read!4 star

Great summer read and a good mystery.

- Apparently, only 8 people live in the U.K.1 star

Nice writing style falls prey to the author’s own love of her own contrived plot. Jumping back and forth in time and character voice is supposed to build suspense. Instead, it just builds annoyance. Topping it off, everything is someone else’s fault. The theme of personal responsibility is as dead here as increasingly in real life. All around: disappointing.

- Great Story - Easy Mystery3 star

Really liked the style it was written in. Different character points of view. Flashing between past and present. The story was engaging and the book was fast paced. The reason for only three stars is it was very easy to figure this mystery out. After the synopsis sold me on how I would think I had it all figured out only to be wrong. So, if you love mysteries and you’re expecting to be shocked and surprised this time, don’t be. It would make a good movie!

- Great mystery5 star

Kept me on my toes and was really a great read!

- Darkly twisted5 star

It’s a book that you won’t be able to put down once you start. A must read!

- The Guest List5 star

Remarkable intuitiveness. Fast paced, however, too early telegraphing of the villain. Despite such, like Agatha Christie or the game of Clue, which one would have stopped the monster. Well done. Five stars.

- Great book!5 star

This book was a great read. I did not find it predictable whatsoever and it kept me interested the whole time

- Good book but slow.4 star

I thought the end of this book was impossible to put down. The beginning was a bit slow. Overall I enjoyed it.

- Entertaining page-turner4 star

Started off a little slow, but the twisted plot is quite mesmerizing. Good visual imagery. Reminiscent of “Girl on a Train” style, so if you liked that, you’ll enjoy this book.

- Wonderful Read5 star

Thrilling. Twists and turns. Wonderfully written.

- It’s not like you know. It’s worse.5 star

A house, full of lies, a groom, full of chills, a bride, full of wisdom..and guests. Full of hate. You may think it as a thriller, it is, that’s fair. But I think it as a most... peculiar...GAME. It’s all to simple. It’s not who you suspect the least..nor whom you suspect the most. Look for details. In between the lines. But..maybe...instead of just a killing...justice is also done. Maybe, someone could finally rest. Or, maybe...there still out there. Seeking these...new goals. New....games...to play.

- SO GOOD5 star

The ending shocked me

- Do NOT read review by user kaykaybean135 star

Hello, just here to say if you’re reading the reviews to figure out of the book if for you some jerk used their review to spoil the end. Avoid review by user kaykaybean13.

- Page turner5 star

I could not put this book down! It kept my beyond interested from start to finish with all its’ twists and turns. Love how it all fit together in the end!

- Glued to the end4 star

It takes a lot to engage me in a book. I was an acquisitions editor for a publishing house. If a manuscript didn’t grab me in the first sentence, it usually wouldn’t interest me past the first page, much less to the end. I lasted to the end. I could be a little nit picky, but I won’t. I wasn’t her editor. I really enjoyed the book, from the first line all the way to the end. Well done. You got me!

- Light thriller3 star

This book was a page turner, but it felt much lighter than most thrillers/mysteries. Well written yet also soap opera-ish with dramatic chapter endings and little action and few answers until the very end.

- Incredibly boring1 star

I have no idea how this book got any good reviews. The book is around 350 pages and the ‘murder mystery’ dialogue comes at around page 250 of the book. It builds up so much to the actual wedding and climax of the plot - the first 250 pages are so incredibly boring. The conversations and history of the characters feel so meaningless. The syntax is incredibly dry and basic. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. The only reason I kept on reading is because I was waiting and waiting for any exciting part in the plot to start. I couldn’t even finish the book because I felt like I was wasting my time. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

- Very good, worth the ourchase5 star

I loved the sample and had to see what happened next...and let’s just say I was not ready for that plot twist. Definitely recommend, it’s a fun ride. The writing is super descriptive and not overbearing. I enjoyed.

- Wow wow wow4 star

Interesting to start and a crescendo finish. It almost feels incomplete but a thrill nonetheless.

- Worth my time to the last second🙂5 star

I loved it! Even though it’s a lot I loved it ( reading everyone else reviews made me happy and sad)

- Not worth even a minute of my time!1 star

This was possibly the worst book I have read in the last 10 years.

- Mistery!!!!5 star

I really love this book its so beautifully written!💖💖

- Contrived2 star

Wow! What a waste of time. I couldn’t wait until it ended and I was totally underwhelmed.

- Great Twists5 star

Well written and suspenseful.

- Keeps you shockingly guessing right to the end!5 star

A wedding on an island. A reunion of boys from a boarding school- a cruel prank gone wrong and a death covered up for over 20 years. Then everything begins to unravel. For the killer, some of the guests that didn’t realize how connected they actually were to some of his gruesome behaviors and for the host and hostess of the wedding venue- who had an ulterior motive to lure the couple to their venue to get revenge on a 20 year old murder

- The Guest List5 star

Astonishing twists and turns - couldn’t put it down and almost got fired for being late to work but it was worth it!

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_Benjamin__ - The Guest List4 star

‘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.

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I did not expect it to be such a crap.

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