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LoM Reviews: 'The Guest List' by Lucy Foley

Updated: Jan 27


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. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


I was very interested in this book, for what I was hearing about this book like it was on par with Agatha Christie, and I'm a huge Christie fan. Also, It won the goodreads mystery book of the year.

So, this one sounds like a winner...

I did appreciate the author's eerie imagery used to describe the island, there was a definite spooky, creepy feel while I'm reading. Love that feeling.

I really wanted to like the book but, for me the different characters points of views fell flat.

A lot of the dialogue made me wonder as to what the direction of the story was going. Which may have been intentional by the author, to be fair.

The characters switched their perspectives from past to present tense too often, it just became mundane for me.

The characters themselves was well thought out, even though they were mostly tiresome. There was a lot of sexual tension between the characters. I believe in an effort to make them more stimulating.

It really is a slow burn when it comes to the plot of the story... while reading I'm just saying to myself the whole time, "JUST GET ON WITH IT!"

The ending was engrossing, definitely not an ending I predicted so I was pleasantly surprised by it. It was just a tedious path to get there.

My rating is 2.5 book stars

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 is her 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.

Follow her on:

Twitter: @lucyfoleytweets

Instagram: @lucy_foley_author


1 book star- Not good at all, really wasted my time.

2 book stars - Not very good, but has some redeeming values.

3 book stars - Average, does have entertaining value.

4 book stars - So Good, definitely want to read more by this author

5 book stars - Loved it!, I'm obsessed with this author, I will tell everyone about this book whether it was solicited or not!!!

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