THE GUEST LIST BY LUCY FOLEY - BOOK REVIEW

I was really looking forward to a claustrophobic thriller about a famous couple's wedding on a remote Irish island and while I got some of that, it wasn't quite what I was hoping it would be.


I am back with a review of The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Thanks so much to Edelweiss and HCC Frenzy for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


The book follows multiple perspectives that occasionally overlap: the bride, the groom, the bridesmaid, the best man, the wedding planner, the victim, and the body. Wedding planner Aiofe will do anything to get her wedding business off the ground, including offering a massive discount to Julia Keegan and Will Slater, a blogger turned magazine mogul and a reality tv show personality. Julia loves setting the trend so when offered the opportunity to be the first to hold her wedding on a remote island, even a little Irish folklore can't scare her away. Despite the rowdy groomsmen and the difficult parents, most of the wedding goes off without a hitch. Until the lights go out and a body is found. But who's body? And more importantly, which of the guests is the murderer?

Despite the numerous perspectives, I found this one quite easy to follow. The voices were fairly distinct and each chapter had a header telling whose perspective it would be. Sometimes with this many voices, things can be a little muddled and unclear but Foley did a good job keeping things straight. As the story progresses as well, the narrator choices become more clear, something, other than the wedding begins to link them all.

I won't spoil the ending or the big whodunit? moment but I will say I was quite impressed with how this one went. Because we didn't know whose body it was, it was hard to develop any theories on why they were murdered, or who the murderer was. That being said, as things got clearer, I was able to start piecing things together. But I was definitely still surprised by the ending!

This is not your typical thriller read - because of how it is set up, the reader not knowing who was killed, there was more background of the characters given, more emphasis on their lives. In this way, I would say this book is more of a dark contemporary with a mystery thrown in.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this one, even if it wasn't exactly how I thought it would be.