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“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, number one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 22 minutes|
|Narrator||Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 02, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #249 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#20 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#35 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
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The point of view of the novel switches between several characters throughout, but they're all distinct enough that it doesn't get confusing. I would also encourage readers to pay attention to the seemingly throw away details, because quite a few of them pop up later, and end up being pretty important. There are definitely some twists and turns towards the end, some of which I saw coming, but several of which I definitely didn't, and it winds up to a satisfying conclusion, even though there are a few plot holes left along the way. Sure, you might have to suspend your disbelief a bit for a few of them, but in the end I think it's more than worth it. Normally I wouldn't care about a bunch of rich people going to a wedding, and I'm honestly not much of one for murder mysteries, but I like how you don't even know who the victim is for most of the novel, so you can't get a bead on who the killer might be. The mounting tension sometimes feels akin to watching the moments before a train wreck. You're uncomfortable because you know what's about to happen will be ugly, but you can't quite turn away. Sure, some of the characters deserve their fates, and that's part of the satisfying conclusion, but the sense of impending doom you'll feel while reading the novel will probably keep you up at night like it did for me.
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Next, as horrible as this location sounded, it seemed that at least 2 of the guests actually preferred to sit in a partially subterranean cave subject to flooding, too dark to see the back, full of weird noises, damp, dank and with unknown inhabitants and AT NIGHT !! ... than any other comfortable indoor place.
THEN, there was this odd disconnection where the author apparently forgot that she had said that only a select few would be staying in the Folly overnight, but then had hundreds of guests arriving for the day, events merging into the evening and night and no way for them to leave the island! where were they all going? was there a secret submarine evacuation planned, or a bridge she forgot to mention? as it happened, suspense was created by a violent, unpredicted/totally predictable storm which would have made a sea evac by anything other than a Naval destroyer impossible anyway.
Forgetting the logistics, the characters were so awful, I hoped they would all murder each other. All the suspenseful storylines were childishly obvious, the awful secrets eked out a child could have guessed and the villain I guessed about 5 pages in. I really liked the character Severine, because she said nothing and did nothing and was apparently part of the scenery.