I’m excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for outstanding thriller The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Thank you to Anne Cater and Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read and review this brilliant book.
About the book:
Another murder. Another mystery.
Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together.
It should be the perfect day.
Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder.
A groom with a secret.
A bridesmaid with a grudge.
A plus one with motive.
A best man with a past.
It could be any, it could be all . . .
But one guest won’t make it out alive.
About the author:
Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.
Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.
Oh wow, what an intriguing, gripping and atmospheric read this is! This is my first read by Lucy Foley, but after reading The Guest List it most definitely won’t be my last. The perfect book to read at this time of year, with the rain lashing down and the wind howling outside, this was a book that transported me to the deserted island off the coast of Ireland which is the chilling setting of this outstanding thriller.
Online magazine editor Jules is about to marry TV celebrity Will in what will be the most prolific wedding of the year. Wedding planner Aoiffe can’t believe her luck that the couple have chosen her recently restored property, located on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, as their venue.
The day before the wedding the main wedding party arrive by boat, with the remainder of the guests due to arrive on the morning of the big day itself. But then the weather changes and the island becomes increasingly more isolated, the atmosphere claustrophobic and the tension rising as the story begins to unfold.
Told from various points of view, the details of what has happened slowly emerge, leading to twists, turns and some genuinely shocking moments as the lives of this largely unlikeable cast of characters begin to unravel. There is an underlying sense of anger and resentment between these people that is so palpable you could cut the tension with a knife. As I raced through the pages, not wanting to put this book down for even a minute, I felt a rising sense of dread as the wedding guests lives spiralled out of control, heading towards what could only be described as an inevitable disaster.
I loved every word of this stunning thriller. The island itself was a huge part of why this gripping story worked so well. It became a character in its own right, the atmosphere of the dark and craggy island being battered by a storm, marrying together perfectly with the darkness and ugliness of the wedding party itself.
With twists, turns and surprises that kept me on my toes throughout, The Guest List is a clever and complex thriller that I would highly recommend. Lucy Foley’s writing is superb and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author in the future.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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