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The Guest List

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,294 ratings  ·  692 reviews

Off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year.

Old friends
Past grudges

Happy families
Hidden jealousies

Thirteen guests
One body



The stag is set for the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. The setting is spectacular, the planning
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 19th 2020 by HarperCollins
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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
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 22, 2019 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 dont 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: Im impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase. So I dont like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in!

    BUT this book is an exception. I loved its slow
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    A celebrity wedding between a magazine publisher and a popular TV action man, a best man who knows dark secrets about the grooms 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.
    Julie (JuJu)
    Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Julie (JuJu) by: Ceecee
    Everyone has secrets in this who-dunnit mystery/suspense!

    I read The Hunting Party and loved it, so I couldnt wait to get my hands on Foleys newest thriller. There is definitely a similarity between the two and Im not sure which one I liked better.

    Foley is wonderful at transforming a remote setting into the perfect murder site...very chilling and eerie. She also likes to keep it interesting by gathering an ill-matched group. Like her previous book, this one slowly builds up tension, so by the
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: NOW - The Wedding Night

    The lights go out.

    In an instant, everything is in darkness. The band stop their playing. Inside the marquee the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another. The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls. It's impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying: above the guests voices the wind rises in a frenzy.

    Outside a storm is raging. It shrieks around them, it batters the
    Alan Cotterell
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-2020
    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
    Holly  B
    Atmospheric, locked room (remote island), extravagant wedding

    What else could you ask for? This one has the Agatha Christie vibes that mystery lovers crave and I enjoyed every minute reading it! My first by this author.

    The writing, the characters, and the suspense kept me guessing and I was all over the place trying to pinpoint the murderer. The wildness of this island was getting under everyone's skin. The cliffs, the waves, the sea, that moment.

    One night, the bride is afraid she won't sleep a
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is an Agatha Christie inspired mystery in a modern setting combined with a psychological thriller. Like the authors Hunting Party, its formula revolves around a mismatched group of people in a remote setting. The location is a windswept island off the Irish coast. Near the beginning, we learn that one of the group has been murdered. What we dont know is the identity of the person killed, who did it, or the motivation.

    Guests are arriving at this almost deserted island said to be haunted by
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    Just to say I havent read The Hunting Party as many readers have so havent 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 island for
    Mandy White
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    Chelsea Humphrey
    The Guest List was my #bookbassador pick for April 2020 Book of the Month, and I'm so excited to buddy read it with my sis, Irina!

    Disclaimer: I also received a review copy via the publisher.
    Welcome to the lavish wedding of Will Slater and Julia Keegan on an island off the coast of Ireland.

    The Guest List narrators are as follows:

    Aoife: The Wedding Planner Turned the islands crumbling, dilapidated folly (fifteenth century castle-like structure) into an elegant wedding venue. Lives there with her husband Freddie.

    Hannah: The Plus One Her husband, Charlie is the bride's best friend.

    Jules: The Bride Her relationship with Will has been a whirlwind romance.

    Johnno: The Best Man Mates
    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
    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 werent 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 Im unfortunately only able to give this book three stars.
    I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity
    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    3.5 STARS.

    Thank you so much to William Morrow for the gifted ARC of THE GUEST LIST! I have been dying to read this book ever since I got it in the mail because I love a good locked-room mystery 🙌 This book was SO MUCH fun and I can see a lot of people loving this one!

    The main aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was how entertaining it was. There was a ton of juicy drama in this book, which I LOVED 💁♀ I also really enjoyed the alternating perspectives because it kept the book moving at
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Having enjoyed Lucy Foleys 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
    Liz Barnsley
    Nov 29, 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 weddingbut like all good parties its 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 with
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    After reading The Hunting Party, I couldn't wait to get my hands on an ARC of The Guest List, and I must say, it did not disappoint!

    The book begins on a secluded island off the coast of Ireland, where guests are gathering to celebrate a marriage. Not just any marriage though - the groom is a rising television star, and the bride is an ambitious magazine publisher. The guests must arrive by boat, and par for the course, the waves are rough and the cell phone service is spotty, making for the
    Alan Cotterell
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: minus-one, arc, read-2020
    Review to follow
    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    I need this like I need air. God I hope I get an ARC.
    'A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie...'

    I don't think a single line has ever made me so excited to read a book. I cannot wait to get my hands on this!!!

    Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: thrillers
    4.5 rounded up. This one was SO CLOSE to a perfect 5 stars and then it suffered abrupt ending syndrome :( But, I still enjoyed it so much I rounded up. The Guest List satisfies so many of the itches you must scratch when playing with the tropes it uses. I was caught up in all the emotions and intricacies and I hated so many of the characters and couldn't wait for their comeuppance. I did guess most of the twists but I didn't CARE because watching it all come together was so damn satisfying. It's ...more
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Guest List is Lucy Foleys second thriller and in it, she whisks us away to a remote, uninhabited island to attend what is being labelled as the wedding of the year. Inis Amploir, or Cormorant Island, is located just off the west coast of Ireland and due to its positioning is prone to temperamental weather conditions. The wedding is that of celebutante couple Julia Keegan, an online magazine editor and Will Slater, an attractive TV star. The main wedding party will stay in the lavish, ...more
    Kelly Van Damme
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: pigeonhole
    Review to follow but for now: bloody brilliant!
    Rachel Hall
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    I greatly enjoyed The Hunting Party, Lucy Foleys best selling debut mystery crime novel - and this follow up is just as good.
    Its 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
    Wendy Golding
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Oh, fans of suspense/thrillers are going to want to get their hands on this one! The story unfolds one person at a time, chapter by chapter, sometimes present day, sometimes reminiscing about past events. There's Aoife and Freddy, owners of the hotel on the island where a wedding takes place, Jules and Will, the bride and groom, Charlie, the bride's best man, Will's groomsmen, Olivia, and Charlie's wife, Hannah. It's so clever how the story unfolds and folds in on itself. Had I not found so many ...more
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