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The Guest List: A Novel Paperback – August 3, 2021

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Reads like the secret love child of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies."—Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor

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"Evoking the great Agatha Christie classics And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express, Lucy Foley’s clever, taut new novel, The Guest List, takes us to a creepy island off the coast of Ireland…Foley builds her suspense slowly and creepily, deploying an array of narrators bristling with personal secrets…Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters’ pasts. They are all clues.” -- New York Times Book Review

I didn’t think Lucy Foley could top The Hunting Party, but she did! I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness I get from curling up with a classic Christie. A remote, atmospheric island, a wedding no one is particularly happy to be at, old secrets – and a murder. The alternating points of view keep you guessing, and guessing wrong. I can’t wait for her next book. -- Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

"Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None rolled into one...Fans of Christie, Louise Penny, and Ruth Rendell will absolutely love this book." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Lucy Foley gets better with every book...The characters leap off the page, the twists are darker and more unexpected, and the setting is straight out of a Gothic novel...Yes, there's a murder, but there's so much more than that. (The twists, I admit, are pretty good too.)" -- Marie Claire

"Lucy Foley has done it again....Cozy up with this whodunnit and watch the hours fly by." -- Good Housekeeping

"An updated Murder on the Orient Express." -- Booklist

"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

"Easily my favorite book of 2020 so far...Will keep you guessing until the very end." -- Better Homes & Gardens

“No one may have come to the island intending to murder, but this destination wedding spirals into mayhem when it’s slowly revealed that most everyone in attendance is capable of becoming a lusting-for-revenge killer.”
-- Washington Post

“This thrilling page turner will have you guessing until the very end.” -- OK! Magazine

“This juicy murder mystery is a perfect Agatha Christie–esque summer read.” -- Afar Magazine

"An Agatha Christie-like thriller." -- Huffington Post

“Foley delivers another atmospheric, Agatha Christie-style whodunit with The Guest List. The multiple points of view will keep you guessing right until the end.” -- Buzzfeed

“Lucy Foley has honed her unique brand of reverse-whodunit suspense down to a science—and thank goodness for that. ... The Guest List—set at a ritzy wedding-gone-wrong on a remote Scottish isle—starts with a murder, and then plays a game of keep-away with the victim’s identity until the very last pages.” -- Harper's Bazaar

“There's clues on nearly every page, but no spoilers here. Needless to say, you'll be up late flipping through your Kindle until all is revealed.” -- Mashable

“With a dizzying array of suspects, this delicious thriller has all the elements for the perfect whodunit.” -- Columbus Dispatch

“Foley expertly peels back the layers of eight highly suspicious members of the wedding party, and all with murderous secrets. This summer best seller, a Reese's Book Club pick, will keep you transfixed to the end.” -- AARP Magazine

“The one thing you can expect from Foley's novels? That you'll probably never guess the twist...or should we say twists when it comes to her latest bestseller…you'll never see the ending coming. RSVP at your own risk.” -- E! Online

"A delightfully suspenseful thriller. ... Set in such an isolated location, with a fairly small cast of characters, The Guest List feels a bit like a modern Agatha Christie novel. It is a fast-paced, intriguing mystery." -- Shelf Awareness

"Clever." -- Popsugar

About the Author

Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry. She is the author of The Book of Lost and Found and The Invitation. She lives in London.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks (August 3, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062868942
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062868947
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.76 x 8 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the list...
By B. Breslin on June 12, 2020
I typically don’t enjoy multiple POV novels (the back and forth can be tedious and tiresome), but this all came together deliciously. It was a great way to let off a bit of steam vicariously. I’m afraid to say more for fear of spoiling anything, but a great, smooth summer read. Truly enjoyed it.
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