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The Guest List by Lucy Foley Book Summary

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ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST THRILLERS OF THE YEAR

“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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All the back & forth teasing became annoying & took away from enjoying the book

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

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.

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.

Keeps you guessing right to the end!!!

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

Sooooo good! I couldn’t put it down!

The Guest List was a quick, easy read with twists that each left me gasping aloud.

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

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.

Dragged on forever

Great writing

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

Didn’t see it coming…..

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

Nice description of the area.

Interesting multiple perspectives.

Easy read, classic whodunit

Loved the twists at the end

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

It was okay but pretty predictable.

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.

A lot of unlikeable characters. Beach read at best.

Liked the book. Kept me guessing!

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.

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.

Book has way too much foul language.

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.

Excellent thriller and a quick read

Such a great ending and I really related to the charchters

Great book

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

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

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

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.

Started and finished this book in under 24 hours. Such a page turner with twists in just about every chapter!

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.

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Absolutely brilliant! It would make a good movie series!

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.

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).

Utter dullness... painful read

‘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.

I did not expect it to be such a crap.

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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.

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

It was ok didn’t live up to the hype.

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

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

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

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

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

Good book

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

Entertaining from the very start.

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

Very descriptive writing with a weak story. Disappointed.

There was a good amount of suspense

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.

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.

Totally unrealistic but really enjoyable and lots of coincidences that could never happen IRL tied up neatly. Beautiful setting, well developed characters, good dialogue and well paced plot. Recommend!

Could not put this book down!

Well it did keep me hooked for sure,I only have a few hours to read each day and managed to have this book read in three days,I love page turners! It is however an unlikely storyline and a bit rushed. I love that I could actually imagine what the author describes almost as if your seeing it yourself. I would recommend this book but it’s definitely not a favorite.

Aoife is pronounced “ee-fuh”. That’s the most interesting mystery in this book.

I’m not sure how to write to the editor but the Apple book edition has a misspelling of Conor McGregor’s name. Just thought I would bring it to someone’s attention if someone hasn’t already.

Every page intrigued me and I finished this in under 24 hours. I love books with different perspectives so it had me hooked almost immediately. A must read!!!!!

Very boring and unrealistic storyline.

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!

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.

So ridiculous and completely unrealistic!

Kept me guessing until the end

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.

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.

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!

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

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 😀

Just don’t.

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!

Great summer read and a good mystery.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Thrilling. Twists and turns. Wonderfully written.

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.

The ending shocked me

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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!

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!

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.

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Lucy Foley 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 Mystery & Thriller (2020) CWA Gold Dagger Awa...

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