Book review – The Guest List by Lucy Foley

HarperCollins [Publication date 20.02.20]

On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Thirteen guests. One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive.

One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

Set on a remote Irish island, a celebrity wedding that sees the past coming back to haunt the wedding guests and it ends with one of them being murdered. Bit of a classic whodunit, although there is no detective involved, instead the events are related from some of the key guests/characters.

To be honest I didn’t feel much empathy with any of the characters, as the majority are self-centred and have more skeletons in the closet than most. That said, their various pasts make you want to keep reading to find out more about them and how it affects the dynamic at the wedding. The remote location works well as it builds the impending sense of doom nicely.

The book goes at a fair pace and although you can maybe guess some of the plot twists, it is a very good read and certainly lives up to the positive reviews the book has been getting.

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