The Guest List | Lucy Foley | Review

“As a wedding planner you can’t afford to miss anything. You have to be alert to every detail, all smaller eddies beneath the surface. If I didn’t pay attention, one of those currents could grow into a huge riptide, destroying all my careful planning. And here’s another thing i’ve learnt – sometime the smallest currents are strongest.”





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

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?


Firstly I want to say thank you so much to Netgalley and Harper Fiction for providing me with a copy of The Guest List. I am so honoured to be given this opportunity.

I must admit I have never read The Hunting Party, I have heard so many good things about it but I have never managed to get round to reading it for myself. When I saw that this was available on Netgalley I knew that I needed to request and see if I was lucky enough to be selected and read it.

I like that at the beginning of the book we are aware that something has happened. We flit between the past and the present, in which the author carefully feeds the readers appetite with relevant information. The Guest List kept me guessing throughout and I didn’t see the end coming at all! Now I have read it, it does make sense but it wasn’t the outcome that I was expecting. I love it when a thriller book takes me by surprise.

I didn’t really like any of the characters apart from Olivia and Hannah, I felt really sorry for them and enjoyed watching them build some sort of relationship. I’m not sure we, as the reader, were meant to like any of the other characters as they were not likeable in the slightest. I did however, enjoy getting to know the characters and learning about the past as well as learning how they will deal with the present situation they find themselves in.

The atmosphere in this book was brilliant. I think that is a lot down to the writing style and structure of the book that Lucy Foley adapts. I really liked that we changed time zones within this, moving from the past to the present and back again. This added to the suspense because I just found that I wanted more and more. The way that Lucy writes really added to my experience as a reader and left me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book. This was my bath time and bedtime read and I’m now not sure that was a sensible choice as I didn’t want to get out of the bath or go to sleep when I should have.

The Guest List is definitely one to watch out for this year. I really like Lucy Foley as an author now I have finally read one of her books and I will be searching for a copy of The Hunting Part so that I can read more of her work. She definitely lived up to my expectations and gave me more.

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