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The Guest List A Wedding Celebration Turns Dark And Deadly In This Deliciously Wicked And Atmospheric Thriller Reminiscent Of Agatha Christie From The Author Of The Hunting PartyThe Bride The Plus One The Best Man The Wedding Planner The Bridesmaid The BodyOn 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 ExecutedBut 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 Important, Why I was not the biggest fan of The Hunting Party last year but I was certainly in the minority I wanted to give the author another go and I am happy to say that The Guest List exceeded my expectations and I read most it this afternoon A great psychological thriller with a cast of truly despicable characters It was clever and with its creepy setting great rainy Sunday afternoon read.It is the first wedding to be held on this small island off the coast of Ireland, an island stepped in gothic history The star couple of Will, a TV star and Julia, the publisher of an online magazine It is to be a glamorous and lavish affair in a beautiful yet remote location There is much drinking and secrets are spilled Pieces of puzzles are put together and somebody ends up dead And there are a number of people that wanted them dead.Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this even hugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery, a modern take on Agatha Christie, set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island, off the west coast of Ireland The golden celebrity couple, Julia Jules Keegan, publisher of a successful online magazine, and the handsome Will Slater, rising star of TV show Survival, are getting married in style in front of their friends and family, an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner, Aoife and catered for by her husband, Freddy However, it immediately becomes clear on a dark, wild and stormy wedding night of power cuts that something has gone desperately wrong, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, a distraught waitress speaks of seeing a body outside, which has the ushers setting out into the night to find out what has happened.Foley provides the perspectives of a wide host of diverse characters, with their fears, secrets, lies and silences amidst the drink and drug fuelled wedding celebrations over which hang an ominous air of upcoming disaster, a feeling that is enhanced further by the island location with its haunted history, its ghosts of the dead, its treacherous terrain and the approaching storm Jules is worrying about a anonymous note that warns her not to marry Will, her bridesmaid, her sister Olivia, is a fragile self harming wreck The best man, Johnno, is desperate not to lose touch with Will, they have a shared past history that goes back to their school days Hannah is the plus one, married to Charlie, the MC and best friend of the bride, they are a cash strapped couple, determined to make the most of their first opportunity for a long time to be away from their children and their humdrum lives The ushers are a bunch of sneering, entitled, bullying and malicious ex public schoolboys who have never grown up.Foley skilfully reveals the past history of the characters, the grief, the losses, the simmering resentments and jealousies, the guilt, the secrets, the lies, a past that adds up to a bubbling cauldron full of motives to kill, and a present where the chickens of the past have finally come home to roost Foley excels in writing a riveting murder mystery, with the vibrant creation and development of larger than life characters, attending a strife ridden wedding in a location that is just perfect for the darkest of deeds to take place A fabulous crime read that I recommend highly Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC. 4 5 stars You are cordially invited to the wedding of Julia Keegan, owner of a lifestyle magazine and Will Slater, TV star The wedding of the year will take place on Inis Amploir Cormorant Island off the Irish coast A boat will be provided to ferry you to and from the island, though the main wedding party will stay in the luxuriously refurbished Folly It would be wise to take a motion sickness pill prior to boarding the boat as Irish seas can be er unpredictable, so probably best not to wear green or wear vertiginous heels as they could sink into the many peat bogs So a disparate bunch of invitees make their way to the island and despite the intentions of Aoife, the wedding planner and owner of the island, what develops is a nightmarish gathering from hell The pair duly marry but a storm is raging outside and inside, a waitress screams, the lights go out, a few of the guests stumble drunkenly outside to work out what s happening There s the danger of the cliff edge and peat bogs to swallow you up Is someone dead Who What unravels is very atmospheric and tense and towards the end you find you are holding your breathe as you could cut the atmosphere with a knife Literally This slow burning psychological thriller is very well written The account of the events includes five perspectives, Aoife, Jules the bride, Olivia her half sister and bridesmaid, Johnno the best man and Hannah the plus one, married to Charlie the MC The characters are well depicted, some are despicable, there s the odd diva there always is as a wedding , a few botoxed beauties, some likeable characters and the ushers who are a bunch of arrogant, entitled privately educated men who are still school boys, act like pack animals and I want to punch their lights out Which is entirely the point The stand out thing for me is the island and the weather which provides a magnificent, atmospheric backdrop and mirrors the storm brewing among the guests The island has a ghostly feel and has legends which adds an extra dimension and there are some really creepy scenes to match the folklore, not least around the screeching cormorants which are seen as harbingers of death and evil which adds another layer of tension Lucy Foley captures so well how strangers meet at a wedding, all bringing their stories and their baggage and as the night progresses with increased drunkenness, the frenzy of the band, tension rises and erupts volcanically in this wild location The book has everything fans of this genre like tension, revenge, secrets, lies, cowardice, grief, cruelty, the list goes on making this the guest list from Hades Overall, a really well executed, atmospheric, slow burner of a novel At times I felt the pace a little too slow and I couldn t get past my dislike of the ushers so hence 4 5 stars There is a great deal to admire in the writing of this clever novel and I would recommend it to fans of the genre There are things you definitely don t see coming and the end is a genuine surprise which I really like Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC. This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings 1 Too many POVS I got confused easily and I don t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story, blablas, unnecessary yadayadas2 Slow burning story telling I m impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase So I don t like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in BUT this book is an exception I loved its slow building tension, I loved the notorious, immature, childish boys club I m talking about groom s friends who are acting like wedding crashers and stayed in their teenage years , I loved variety of interesting, rich, attention taker characterization And wonderful part is till the end of the book we are left in the dark and we have no idea who is death or the identity of perpetrator You have to focus so carefully when you read the chapters because any small detail turns out a big clue for you to solve the puzzle and not to get shocked when you face the surprising, twisty revelations and the connections between the characters Yes, I have to stop that but I have to admit, at the end of the book my mouth was wide open, my eyes popped out and I stayed like this position for one hour The neighborhood kids thought their dreams finally came true and I turned into a sculpture Even the crows thought I was not a human and they left some gifts to my head Yes, I washed ten times But when I got rid of my first shock and started to move, they screamed and cried in pain Yes, the witch was back Let s talk about the blurb a little bit Jules, successful, glamorous and too ambitious magazine publisher, suffering from her anger management issues, selfish, focusing on perfection, giving orders, controlling the people, the worst bridezilla marries with charming, rising star of television, cocky, flirting Will at an island off the coast of Ireland, in the middle of nowhere, limited phone reception, giving you nightmarish vibes, with dark woods, caves, making you feel like somebody sneaking behind you Perfect place to low budget independent horror movie but not so preferable wedding place Bridezilla doesn t care, she knows the best Our other characters Helen plus 1 married with bride s oldest and best male friend Charlie, having doubts about their so intense and secluded relationship, mother, graphic designer at long maternity leave, suffering from traumatic family drama, having her own secrets, befriending bridesmaid Olivia Yes Olivia is 19 years old bridesmaid, half sister of bridezilla, suffering from a big secret makes her lose weight, cutting herself The secret is gnawing her She needs to talk someone before she gets hurt herself Could Helen be her confidante Best man Johnno, seems confused what he s doing about his life, sharing a really big secret with Will from their high school times, giving him nightmares and making him fell like chasing by the past time ghosts And he learns something crucial to change his life forever and gives him a motive to do something dangerous Let s not forget Aoife, wedding planner, working her ass off to organize the entire ceremony, achieving a complex and challenging job but she observes everyone, looking agitated, seems like waiting for the shoe drop Why is she so frustrated What is she worried about The lies, secrets, resentments and big revelations start to fall into her laps like bombs over and over again And during the ceremony lights go out, screams, pitch black, lights come out, somebody is death.na na na Welcome to the bridezilla zone Do you want to know who killed who Guess what, I already told you so much, you gotta read the rest of it I hate to admit, I am not fan of Hunting Party That book disappointed me a lot But this one is surprisingly good, I couldn t decide if I gave 4 or 5 stars I decided 4 slow burn, intriguing, smart, entertaining, riveting stars OVERALL SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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