The Guest List

The Guest List

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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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 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?
Published: New York :, Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062978738
006297873X
Branch Call Number: F FOL
Characteristics: 452 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
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Alpha_zzz
Sep 20, 2020

I didn’t like the first 3/4 of this book. It was all about immature adults and their non-stop partying with booze, drugs and sex. They were a very shallow group of people, not likable, any of them. That’s a nod to the author, though, to stir that sort of emotion in the reader, so that wasn’t the bad part. It was repetitively reading how irresponsible people act and live that became obnoxious.
However, the last 1/4 of the book redeemed itself. This is where the rubber hit the road and the suspense emerged. It really could have been anyone who committed the murder, yes?

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mini_b
Sep 17, 2020

Very suspenseful! Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective, which makes it more interesting. It's about the wedding of two famous people on a remote Irish island. There are various characters, some of whom know each other and some who don't, and as the book goes on, the circle gets smaller and smaller, while the question of who could be killed and who has motive, expands. The ending was good: a twist, but believable. I liked that most but not all storylines were addressed, and "justice" was (more-or-less) served.

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trickbag22
Sep 12, 2020

I was on the waiting list for this book but bought it instead. A fair who dun it mystery. I can see it as a Netflix movie or series but otherwise I wasn’t impressed. A fairy tale wedding on a island. Everyone has a secret and they are revealed one at a time to lead you down a different solution. I actually guessed the end about three quarters of the way through.

pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

The Guest List by Lucy Foley is a page-turning mystery thriller novel. This book is set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. The characters of the book all arrive at the island to celebrate a wedding. But just as the wedding began, so had the mystery. While the bride is cutting the cake, people start screaming and the power goes off. Someone has been murdered and everyone on the island is a suspect.

This is a very fast-paced book and if you do not pay attention to the details you might miss something! First, this book has multiple POVs so you can see the events happening from different people and try to figure out who will get murdered and who the murderer ends up to be. Second, this book also jumps between time frames so you can see what is happening current time, during the murder, and the events leading up to the murder. I feel like these jumps also help us see the characters and their personalities before trying to figure out what actually happened. Some people might say multiple POVs and jumping between time frames are confusing but Foley made them really straightforward and easy to understand. Lastly, I thought that the characters in this book were interesting. They are all very self-centered and have bad qualities too but they also have good qualities that make them each have a unique and fun personality.

In short, this book is a very exciting quick read! If you are a fan of Agatha Christie I would recommend this book because they have very similar writing styles as well as similar plots. -Eunchae, Grade 10

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gussiedz
Sep 04, 2020

The book was an ok read but felt the story would have been better had it been fifty pages shorter. The ending was a bit of a surprise.

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sallen4911
Aug 29, 2020

I stopped reading after about 15 minutes because there were too many f-bombs.

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betsymarzoni
Aug 14, 2020

Initially you are thinking, "Oh this is another "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie". As you meet the characters and witness the misbehavior and underlying cruelty and cowardice, you are then reminded of "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. The story is a bit slow at first, but the character who is murdered is so easy to hate and as it turns out, so many of the wedding guests have reason to feel that way.

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JLMason
Aug 11, 2020

The author does a good job of building page-turning suspense using different first person narratives and switching back and forth between the present and the day before/day of the wedding until the two time frames converge. The reader doesn’t even know who’s been murdered until the end. Most of the characters, including a sociopath, are privileged, self-centred, and insensitive; it’s not pleasant being inside their brains, but their general nastiness is necessary to provide many suspects and potential victims. There are multiple, unlikely coincidences that are contrived to drive the plot and it’s all tied up a bit too neatly at the end, but overall this is an entertaining and well-written murder mystery.

TSCPL_Miranda Aug 10, 2020

I leaned towards 4 stars most of the way. Really twisty, multiple perspectives, and a couple of characters that I really liked. The ending felt a bit too neat, though, and too quick, with no real resolution for the characters. Still a great, page turning weekend read!

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Dee_BPL
Jul 29, 2020

Loved this audiobook!

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