Title: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Published: By Book Of The Month Club: March 2020
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by William Morrow
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. And then someone turns up dead.
You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year between the beautiful and successful magazine owner Jules Keegan and the gorgeous TV star Will Slater. They are the couple you will love to hate, they have everything…looks…money and fame, and they are getting married.
The main point, or so I thought, was a murder. It happens rather soon in the book…kinda…but not really. It isn’t until the end that you know who is the murderer or even who the victim is. The book flips back and forth between the action of the guests finding out a body has been found, these chapters take up about two pages and the viewpoints of the five main characters, each getting chapters throughout the book to tell their history. It was a bit confusing to me at first. but I quickly got us to it.
The book centers around The Bride Jules who is worried about who wrote her a note telling her not to marry Will who is a cheat, and Wills her soon to be husband who has plenty of secrets.
Along with them is Jule’s sister Olivia, a bridesmaid who’s secret has caused her a few mental issues such as cutting and not eating. Hannah, who is wife to Jule’s best friend Charlie, they also have their own secrets that will intersect with the bride and groom. Best friend Johnno, who was at a posh private school with Will and the other groomsmen. He has had nothing but failure since leaving the school and holds secrets that both he and Will do not want to be known.
The wedding takes place on a remote Irish island that is perfect for, maybe not a wedding but definitely a murder and mystery. Caves, tall cliffs that fall to the wild ocean, bogs that you can sink in and very little cell service are all intensified by an approaching storm. It gives a good creepy feel to the story.
If you are a fan of Agatha Christie or any other who-done-it, The Guest List will certainly keep you guessing until the end with all the twists and turns.