- File Size: 2163 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062868934
- Publisher: William Morrow (June 2, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 2, 2020
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WG8L7WC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"An Agatha Christie-like thriller."-- "Huffington Post"
"Wedding season means a thrilling web of mystery in The Guest List."-- "Parade"
[Foley's] puzzle is solid, she plays fair with the reader, and overall her story is swift and entertaining."-- "Seattle Times" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor, during which time she wrote her first novel, The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full-time and is busy traveling (for research, naturally!), painting, and working on her next novel.
Chloe Massey is an actress, audiobook narrator, and writer. She is best known for playing Rachel Fuller on the TV series Doctors.
Jot Davies is an acclaimed actor, voice-over artist, and narrator. He has held roles in such plays as The Baby Diary and Our Share of Tomorrow, and his audiobook narrations include titles by Mo Hayder, Charles Cumming, and Andrew Kaufman.
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Group of 30 somethings getting together in a remote location for celebration? Tick.
Multi person narration which each character telling their version of events? Tick.
Hidden secrets from the past coming to the surface? Tick.
Guest List is set on an island off the coast of Ireland rather than the Scottish Highlands but the characters are certainty similar. And, unsurprisingly, they all have their quirks and flaws, none more so that groom to be, the Bear Grylls-esque, Will. I found this story to be better paced than Hunting Party and the tension increases through the book like watching a kettle boiling and then exploding.
The Harper Collins marketing department might have got a bit carried away with their claim that this is the "Biggest Crime Thriller of 2020" and some of the reviews on the cover hailing Lucy Foley as the new Agatha Christie are completely over egging it; I accept there are parallels between this book set on a remote island and Christie's classic Evil Under the Sun set on Burgh Island off Devon, but that's about as far as it goes. Despite this over enthusiastic marketing, this is a really good thriller and I will keep an eye out Lucy Foley in the future.
I wanted to read this book, because I liked the idea of the story of a murder during a wedding party on a remote island. The claustrophobic atmosphere creates a sense of mystery and menace, sustained throughout the book. There is a good mixture of characters, some detestable and some sympathetic. I must admit, at times I found myself thinking "do grown adults really behave like this at a wedding?" but maybe I've led a sheltered life...
The short chapters meant that I read it fairly quickly, as I kept wanting "just one more chapter".
Four stars well deserved for keeping me well entertained last weekend. Looking forward to more by this writer.
The situation is not original. Other thriller writers have gathered together a group of people in a remote situation, from which there is no release during the course of events. It is a variant on the closed room mysteries, so superbly exploited by Agatha Christie in particular. To invoke Agatha Christie is certainly not intended as any kind of criticism – rather the reverse.
As with many similar suspense novels, the conflicts and the climax to which they lead are hidden in the past. In particular, lies the boys’ public school with its harsh regime and trials and bullying that were a feature of such institutions. That the ex-Headmaster is the father of the bride and the groom a past pupil, is central to all that happens. It is true that with few exceptions the characters are singularly unappealing, though they are sharply realised through for the most part their own words. It may be a cliché that binds them together but they are alive and individual enough to exercise a firm grip on our attention. A Society wedding is the main focus of the action, bolstered by evocative description of the hazardous landscape that surrounds the folly where the guests stay. Additional sources of interest are the couple who are the wedding’s organisers, the bride’s sister, in the role of bridesmaid, and the married couple Charles and Hannah, who stand largely apart from those whose backgrounds are rooted in their school experiences.
This is not a great literary experience but it is an enthralling read, which I strongly recommend.
As is becoming normal in modern novels, we are taken to and from one time-frame to another. We know almost from the beginning that something terrible has happened on the wedding night, but we are given very little information other than that to keep our interest. It was frustrating that we were continually being brought back from the small snippets of information about the wedding night to the day before, or earlier on the day of the wedding.
The novel only begins to be interesting well over half-way through. The only part of the book which even begins to be worthy of a five-star review is the final 10% where the candidates for " murderer" have their say before the actual reveal. I can only imagine that those giving the novel five star reviews will have given their ratings because of the ending rather than the 90% of the book which preceded it.
The setting is potentially very promising for a bleak "tragedy" but it is badly let down by the lack of tension in the first half