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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 p ...more
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by William Morrow (first published February 20th 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hell yeah! My choice as best thriller won big again! 🥳💜🎈

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 div
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Regan
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
solidly entertaining 3.75
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Hells to the yes!! This is the thriller I have been waiting for! Lately I admit, thrillers have not been..well thrilling me. I have had a problem with them all being, meh...They either are one of these three things...1. not really a thriller...2. Start out with a bang and then the ending is just..plain ridiculous...3. super boring until the last couple of chapters. Not this one! This one delivered from page one!

Jules and Will are the couple I love to hate. They are gorgeous and they know it. No
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_ngallagher
No tea on this! Thought it was really entertaining but won’t go down in history for me!
Miranda Reads
4.75 stars
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So, I've talked about this one on my channel a lot by now. And the long and short of it is that I enjoyed this book immensely.

I really enjoyed just discovering what this book was about without any external influence, so I'll keep my review short.

It's an atmospheric whodunit with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes
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Chelsea Humphrey
The Guest List BOTM April 2020 Selection

In a sea of mediocre mysteries and thrillers, this one caught my attention and held it through to the explosive ending. Lucy Foley writes psychological fiction that isn't flashy, but focuses a quiet power to envelop the reader with strong writing and plotting. In my opinion, a good thriller isn't one that has to pull a twist out of somewhere the reader wouldn't expect, but takes the entire cast of characters and makes each look as guilty as the rest, so th
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David Putnam
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is more a wonderful character study and a take-off on the old locked room mystery--on a dark and stormy night. The story, as it should, grabs more and more as you turn the pages. Great writing. We get to know all the characters enough to care about them before something happens. Instead of a mystery construct this one is done as a thriller. First person present tense that moves backward and forward in time. I was never lost or confused. Clear concise writing.
Too many points of view made
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Paromjit
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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, Aoif ...more
Oscar
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
People were gushing so much about this book that I gave in and read it. Personally, I think the book focused more on the characters themselves than the plot. For the first 200 pages, I wasn’t thrilled nor excited. The last 100 pages was a different story. It went crazy and got more twisted.
jessica
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
spooky island. check.
variety of characters. check.
dead body. check.

this has everything you could want from a classic ‘whodunnit.’ i had no surprises whilst reading this - i saw EVERYTHING coming a mile away. but its definitely because LF does a great job at planting clues along the way.

even though the story only takes place over the course of two days, this is a very slow building novel. its very much character focused, rather than plot, and i like that. the writing is quick and easy to devour
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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 sound
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Gabby
Ahhhh, I had so much fun reading this thriller. This is a classic who-dunnit mystery, and it all takes place during a wedding on an island in Ireland. I love everything about this book: the slow burn mystery, the isolated spooky island, and reading form several different POV’s.

I found this book to be impossible to put down. Right away, it creates this creepy spooky eerie vibe on this island, and I was pretty obsessed with the atmosphere of this book. This entire book takes place within two days,
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Matthew
Not bad! Not bad at all!

Lately I feel like many of the suspense/thriller/mysteries I read are so twisty that it starts to get ridiculous. I love a good twist or two, a shocking revelation or three, but not incomprehensible nonsense. With The Guest List I feel satisfaction because the level of twists and turns is just right and the magnitude of the surprises is not nonsensically bloated. Its nice to finally find one that is just right (like Goldilocks, but hopefully without the angry bears).

I was
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.75 stars

“I have raised hell.”

The Guest List a whodunnit about a glamorous wedding. The guests are out for revenge, leading them to “raise hell.”


The wedding of the year is about to take place on an exclusive island. Bridezilla is about to marry a smarmy D list celebrity who has many skeletons in his closet. The members of the Wedding Party hold the cards that could destroy their marriage and their lives.

The narrative alternates between many POV’s: The Bride, the Groom, the Best Man, The Plus O
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megs_bookrack
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Lucy Foley's, The Guest List, is a fun and fast-paced, guessing game of a read. It's perfect for fans of Dame Agatha Christie, or Ruth Ware.

Weddings are generally memorable occasions for one reason or another. There's frequently some level of drama simmering just under the pristine surface.



That's certainly the case for Jules and Will's wedding, taking place on a remote Irish island that the grumbling guests agree to congregate on for a 48-hour period.

This story is told fr
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Danielle
I know quite a few of y’all are anti-audiobook, but this is one that I insist that you should give it a try on. 😉 This book is told from several points of view, which can be confusing. However, the audiobook had a full cast of narrators, so you definitely knew who was speaking, making the story that much more intriguing. 😁 While I kinda guessed a part of the plot early on, I didn’t guess who would be killed and who the killer would be. 🧐 Overall this was a pretty good mystery.
JanB
3.5 stars

”The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧The body”

Guests gather on a remote island off the coast of Ireland for a celebrity wedding. Sounds idyllic, right? Except this dream wedding turns into a nightmare long before the dead body is found.

But who is the victim? And who is the killer? This story is all about the journey to the end, when all is revealed. Told from various points of view and alternating timelines, the secrets, grudges, and myster
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daph pink ♡
Though not my fav read of the year , but still
Congratulations on winning !!!



Do I like slow paced book? NO
Do I like so many POV? No (this book has fucking 6 POV)

THEN WHY DID I LIKED THIS BOOK?


Well there are 2 reasons:-

1. They said it is a modern take on Agatha Christie books and as you know I am a huge fan so I have to read this one !

2. This story urges you to use lots of your grey cells because

• if you are guessing the most obvious one is the killer,then you are wrong!

• if you are guessing the
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Kat (is moving ... I'll be back soon!)
This book should be renamed The Never. Ever. Ending. Wedding.

Sorry friends who loved and praised this one! It was a perfectly fine book, and it has all the right ingredients for a good murder mystery whodunnit - creepy and claustrophobic atmosphere, multiple suspects with motive to kill, loads of secrets threatening to be revealed, and five intriguing narrators to move the story along, all wrapped up in a big festive occasion.

What’s not to love?

Well, for starters, the characters. You have Jules,
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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
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chan ☆
i could tell pretty early on that this was going to be a more ~topical~ thriller than most and i didn’t love the direction it was going. i guess i can respect what the author was trying to do and i didn’t anticipate the twists but reading this kinda made me sick. which again, probably the point of this, but it wasn’t something i appreciated.

i’m picky with thrillers though, this is going to be a lot of people’s faves and i respect that!
Yun
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Guest List, friends and family gather at a remote Irish island to celebrate the wedding of Will (handsome charming tv personality) and Jules (lifestyle magazine guru). But everyone in the wedding party is guarding their own secret and before the festivities are through, all will be revealed and someone will end up dead.

I love a good locked room mystery à la Agatha Christie, one where I can put on my detective hat and try to puzzle it out. So I'm always drawn to stories of murders on isla
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Tina
This is a very slow moving thriller, and I am learning that slow moving thrillers is just not for me. I had a lot of hope of this one, but the first 200 pages I was bored and I almost stopped reading this book. Overall I think this book is just ok not great. The ending I liked, but I did not love it. The ending did not make up for me being bored for 200 pages. The I added this book on to my May 2020 Book of the Month box. https://www.mybotm.com/zr12wnytgc8?sh... (*) ...more
Farrah
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐ 4 𝘽𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨𝙩. 𝙒𝙚𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧. 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨 ⭐

This book is so dark and atmospheric and depressing, but I also found it to be an addictive read.
The writing feels natural and I was compelled to finish it, even though it kept me well past my nighty night time.
The characters are either horrible, or they're dealing with something horrible that was caused by the horrible characters. So I had no way of guessing who was murdered or who did the murdering.
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Ceecee
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 n
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Arini
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
For all I know this is a dream wedding (location wise) up until someone gets themself stupidly murdered.


This has a slow start, short chapters, and six POVs that jump from one to the next all too quickly and drag the story all over the place. In addition to that, the timeline flips back and forth chronicling the two days before the wedding until the d-day. Does it sound like a clusterf*ck? Maybe.

However, it’s actually pretty fun. The characters are unlikeable—some annoying, others twisted, al
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Kaceey
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A destination wedding....

On a tiny, remote island off the coast of Ireland a very posh, over-the-top wedding is about to take place. The groom...a reality TV star. The bride, running her own highly successful business. Though they’ve only known each other for a short time, it’s evident the sparks were flying from first glance. Soooo…without further ado they’re ready to take the plunge with their closest family and friends. Hey, it’s only a lifetime commitment. What’s the big deal?!

So what happe
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Frank Phillips
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was torn between 4 & 5 Stars for this fantastic thriller!! I enjoyed the number of perspectives and how much there was to be told with each perspective, making these characters much more complex then I initially thought they would be. I've noticed Foley has the tendency to do this with her characters, which means you either love them or hate them by the end of the novel. Plenty of unlikable characters here, and actually some really likable characters as well. I loved all of the twists and turn ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I did guess a huge reveal about half way through the book, but never in my wildest dreams could I have possibly predicted the scale of it all or how it would all wrap up. This was REALLY GOOD and honestly the most fun I've had reading a mystery in ages. Definitely recommend if you're in a who-dun-it mood!

TW: self harm, abortion, revenge porn, suicide
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Bridgett
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I can't move heaven, than I shall raise hell.

Let me tell you, hell was indeed raised throughout The Guest List. Many, many times.

And with that, allow me to introduce my second 5-star stunner of 2020!

This is my first Lucy Foley novel, and I'm now convinced the girl is a phenom. I've had The Hunting Party on my Kindle for probably a year now, and haven't made time to dive in...what was I thinking?

This story is told over a 48-hour period by several narrators. The chapters are short an
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