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A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the 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

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Published February 20th 2020 by HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction
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    Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this even more hugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery, a modern take on Agatha Christie, set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island, off the west coast of Ireland. The golden celebrity couple, Julia 'Jules' Keegan, publisher of a successful online magazine, and the handsome Will Slater, rising star of TV show Survival, are getting married in style in front of their friends and family, an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner, ...more
    A celebrity wedding between a magazine publisher and a popular TV action man, a best man who knows dark secrets about the groom’s past, a fragile bridesmaid, a group of odious ushers who went to private school with the groom and act as if they never left, all on a small windswept island off the Irish coast. What could possibly go wrong?

    The Guest List is a suspenseful thriller, starting the day before the wedding as the various members of the wedding party arrive at a newly established resort.
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4-5 stars.

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Julia Keegan, owner of a lifestyle magazine and Will Slater, TV star. The wedding of the year will take place on Inis Amploir (Cormorant Island) off the Irish coast. A boat will be provided to ferry you to and from the island, though the main wedding party will stay in the luxuriously refurbished Folly. It would be wise to take a motion sickness pill prior to boarding the boat as Irish seas can be er ....... unpredictable, so probably best
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    After reading The Hunting Party and being totally hooked, I was very excited to get my hands on The Guest List and escape for a few hours!!!

    Julie a magazine publisher is marrying television star & celebrity Will Slater, the star of the show Survival. The location of their wedding is on an Island off the coast of Ireland. The guests will come over on a boat and a select few will be staying at the refurbished Folly, which is run by couple Aoife and Freddie, the wedding planner and the caterer.
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings:

    1) Too many POVS: I got confused easily and I don’t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story, blablas, unnecessary yadayadas

    2) Slow burning story telling: I’m impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase. So I don’t like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in!

    BUT… this book is an exception. I loved its slow
    Alan Cotterell
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
    I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I normally would of said Thank you at the start of that sentence. But on this occasion, the only thing to say thank you for was that it was reasonably short.

    I requested this, as from the blurb it had great promise. Boy was I wrong. The first chapter was quite good. After that each chapter was written from a different guests pov. Jumping all over the place. None of the characters were likeable at all. It
    Mandy White
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I was not the biggest fan of The Hunting Party last year but I was certainly in the minority. I wanted to give the author another go and I am happy to say that The Guest List exceeded my expectations and I read most it this afternoon. A great psychological thriller with a cast of truly despicable characters. It was clever and with its creepy setting great rainy Sunday afternoon read.

    It is the first wedding to be held on this small island off the coast of Ireland, an island stepped in gothic
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Taking a similar pathway to Big Little Lies, this book teases a murder in the prologue and spends the rest of the time working through multiple POVs to reveal who wants the victim dead. The dependence on this interweaving of personalities for suspense and plot momentum is problematic because none of the characters have their own voice, they're all written exactly alike. Mannequins dressed in different motives. This feeds into the unsatisfying pacing, with too long spent trying (and failing) to ...more
    Liz Barnsley
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wow this was a whole load of twisted personalities right here, all gathered together for an impressively sparkling wedding…but like all good parties it’s going to be murder….

    I loved the island setting of this one, beautifully described to give a sense of isolation and danger – the danger being all too real as Jules looks to have the perfect day but everyone else seems set to misbehave. Old secrets, old grudges, this is indeed a wedding to die for. Or to die at….

    Lucy Foley draws her characters
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Having enjoyed Lucy Foley’s previous crime novel, “The Hunting Party,” I was delighted to read her latest. Indeed, there are similarities between this, and her previous work. You have an isolated setting – in this case, Cormorant Island, off the coast of Ireland, which is the wedding venue for magazine publisher, Julia (Jules) Keegan and Will Slater, an upcoming television celebrity, known for the show, ‘Survival,’ where he is left in a dangerous environment and has to make his way back to ...more
    Alan Cotterell
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: minus-one, arc, read-2020
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    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    Just to say I haven’t read ‘The Hunting Party’ as many readers have so haven’t got that to compare with

    I read a few reviews/comments on this book earlier today and yes I would agree there are many characters to get to know and also agree that many are unlikeable BUT I actually really enjoyed that part of the book, the getting to know them all and hearing how they all became entwined as friends

    Jules and Will are marrying, Jules demands the best of everything and has ‘rented out’ a desolate
    Kylie H
    It took a little while to warm up to this book but after a couple of chapters I could not put it down.
    Julia and Will are getting married on a small remote island off the coast of Ireland. A group of people are gathered for the occasion. It is considered a 'society' wedding as Julia is the editor of a high profile magazine and Will is the star of a 'Survival' style show somewhat like Bear Grylls.
    It quickly becomes apparent that there are deep cracks running below the surface of this supposedly
    Alayne Emmett
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
    I found this book very much a slow burner and as I have not long finished The Hunting Party I found that I was comparing the two which seemed very similar. The characters weren’t likeable at all, the same spoilt bunch of people as the previous book.
    Maybe I read this one too quickly after the other one but, I think I would still find it boring and slow.
    So on that note I’m unfortunately only able to give this book three stars.
    I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the
    Rachel Hall
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Atmospheric take on Agatha Christie and a cast of wedding guests whose secrets unravel over the course of a murderous marriage!

    Lucy Foley sticks with the tried and tested formula of The Hunting Party and arguably perfects it with a palpably more ominous atmosphere and a bleak setting on an island with a blighted past for the marriage of online lifestyle magazine editor, Julia (Jules) Keegan, and the star of a TV survival show, Will Slater. Whilst they might not have been together long, ambitious
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I greatly enjoyed The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley’s best selling debut mystery crime novel - and this follow up is just as good.
    It’s a very similar set-up, with a gathering of suspects at a wedding reception on a deserted island off the coast of Ireland, instead of an adventure holiday at a remote Scottish hunting lodge.
    Once again, we are kept in the dark about the identity of the victim as well as the perpetrator until the very end, and the back stories of the guests serve to misdirect our
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Family and guests gather on a remote Island off the coast of Ireland for the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. No expense has been spared and it's going to be lavish party.
    The guests all have issues with each other and don't get along that well.
    It's clear that something awful is about to happen.
    A slow moving mystery that failed to hold my interest in parts.
    Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Tracy Wood
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The wedding of an internet entrepreneur to a tv star is due to take place on an almost uninhabited island off the Irish coast. The guests are a mix of those who have known each other for a very long time and others who are just now meeting the wedding party for the first time. The only way to arrive or leave is by boat, the weather is foul, the power keeps failing and there's very little phone reception, what could possibly go wrong?

    Lucy Foley has an original way of writing which gives her
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The modern day Agatha Christie is back!!!!!
    After reading her first book The Hunting Party a fantastic five star read I could not wait to tuck into her latest. Another absolutely fantastic read, I read this book in a day, forget the housework i had a murder to solve. A plethora of suspects and now the fun begins whittling them down. A remote location, atmospheric, scary and full of tension and suspense and misdirection. As I said before touches of Agatha Christie but so much more. Another author
    Miriam Smith
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    After the success of ‘The Hunting Party’, Lucy Foley has once again written an entertaining novel along the similar previous winning lines. In keeping with a good old traditional, Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery, she ensures readers are kept enthralled with a truly atmospheric and character driven thriller. “The Guest List” is Lucy’s latest book and is a cracking mystery that is a modern take on an old fashioned plot.
    “A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly when someone turns up dead.
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Originally posted to I Should Read That

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.

    I read and really enjoyed Lucy's first novel, The Hunting Party, and was really excited to read more thrillers from her. There's something about her 'posh, awful people doing awful things and having awful things happen to them' plots that I absolutely love -- they're so deliciously dark and compulsively readable.

    In many ways, The Guest List feels very much like
    I loved The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley’s first foray into crime writing and I loved The Guest List even more. I found it a stronger novel out of the two and with it Lucy Foley has found her stride. Once again we are treated to an isolated location, this time a remote island of the coast of Ireland and a team of suspect characters. The setting is a wedding, which is genius! There’s always some kind of drama and tension at wedding, and this wedding is no exception. The bride and groom are ...more
    Cressida McLaughlin
    So atmospheric, tense, gripping. A brilliant whodunnit with very believable characters, so much suspense and lots of jaw dropping reveals. I think it’s even better than The Hunting Party.
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    You’re invited to the wedding of the year. A TV personality marries a woman after a whirlwind wedding. The owner of an exclusive resort on a tiny island off the coast of Ireland offers the place as the perfect wedding venue. People are coming all over to attend. The hotel is seen as very exclusive and there’s to be a break away from the real world, a place to relax, a chance to see the wedding of the year.

    But this island
    Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Lucy Foley is absolutely the modern day Agatha Christie. Her skills at weaving the plots of her murder mystery novels are second to none. The Guest List did not disappoint!

    The story is set around a wedding day on a remote Irish island. The wedding is of a highly successful media and tv couple. At the start of the book we learn someone has been found outside the wedding marquee. Then the book switches between earlier in the day and the eventual discovery and reveal of who the body is and who did
    Val Wheeler
    Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book. I was reading and enjoying the Hunting Party when I spotted The Guest List on. Netgalley, so requested it straight away and thankfully was accepted and read it straight afterwards, so thank you publishers.

    Another excellent Agatha Christie style whodunnit novel with great characters and some twists and turns along the way. I don’t want to give anything away, The scene is set brilliantly with a wedding on a slightly sinister and spooky island off the coast of Ireland
    Julie Lacey
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is a great murder mystery thriller.
    The story is told from different points of view - The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid.
    We hear about events leading up to the wedding on a remote island in Ireland and also the night of the murder.
    Will and Jules seem like the perfect couple to those around them but as the story develops we learn they both have secrets from each other.
    The other characters also have secrets that are revealed and I loved how it
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I knew there was a reason I wanted to get my hands on this book. It's bloody amazing that's why.

    Think about it. It's the perfect setting for a mystery. A deserted island, cut off from the mainland. A storm is lashing away causing huge waves. There's a cave in the cliffs for people to sneak off to. Around the island the guests need to watch out for peat bogs that they could accidentally sink into. This island is a dangerous place as it is without throwing in a load of people with deep dark
    Mike Sumner
    A cringe-fest with a cast of Bollinger swigging, coke sniffing hooray-Henries, ex public schoolboys and various partners. All attending the wedding of Will Slater and Julia (Jules) Keegan on a remote island off the Irish coast. Not a likeable character amongst them with the possible exceptions of Aoife, the Wedding Planner and Hannah, the Plus-One. The bride runs a successful, online magazine and the groom has his own "outward bound" TV series. Two high flyers and a load of skeletons in ...more
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