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?
Publisher: New York :, Harper Large Print,, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
Description: 452 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062978738
006297873X
Branch Call Number: LP Fole
Additional Contributors: Foley, Lucy (Novelist) Guest list

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meganconison
Jul 20, 2021

The ending of this book, deserves more stars than I can give it. The twists and the turns don't come until towards page 200 and from page 200 on- I was HOOKED. I could not put it down.
I did not expect who was killed, to be the person I assumed at first. And the murderer completely shocked me.
The connection they all had was even mind blowing and I could not get over it.
I wish I could say, I REALLY liked it- but the beginning of the book was just so slow and I could not get into it. The constant switching at the beginning and some of the chapters were unnecessary, I would have liked to go in deeper to the meeting of the couple or their relationship.

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KatG1983
Jul 19, 2021

This book came with a lot of hype, which I do not think it met. It’s a fun and easy to read thriller, but mostly I felt like it was just ok. It’s fine, it’s entertaining, it’s not something that blew me away. The setting of a wedding on a remote island is very Agatha Christie, and holds a lot of promise, but it felt bloated with unnecessary filler in order to misdirect the reader over and over again.

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pegsterq
Jul 19, 2021

I loved this book!! A real page turner. Told from multiple points of view. Would love this to be made into a movie.

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samsue
Jul 18, 2021

A very different kind of murder mystery. The cover tells you that someone was murdered and that there are several people who are the likely killers, but you don't find out the WWWWW until the very last pages. I'm still not sure I liked it, but it was impossible to put down.

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lilyofthevalley3
Jul 16, 2021

You won’t be able to put this book down! Loved it!

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sunnyblonde
Jul 09, 2021

A really well written book that caught me by surprise at the ending. I really enjoyed the book.

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NanukWhiteSnow
Jul 05, 2021

This book kept me guessing right to the end. So many interesting characters who had reasons to murder or be murdered. Just when I thought I had figured it out, another flaw or secret was revealed. I had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish this one.

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Russ_A
Jun 11, 2021

If there’s such a thing as the perfect whodunit, this is it. I absolutely loved this one. It’s got everything: suspense to the very end, deliciously complex characters with mysterious motives, a lavish and exotic setting, and terrific writing. The setting is an island “wedding venue” off the coast of Ireland where a handsome movie star groom is about to marry a gorgeous posh publisher/website owner bride. It begins with an investigation underway, something about a “body” only it’s not clear if a murder has taken place or even a dead body found. Perhaps someone only reported seeing a body or someone went missing.

Then the back stories begin. We learn the groom and most of his ushers are all “Trevellians,” having attended the same prep school, one of those bully-filled Lord of the Flies type places. The rather dim best man did too, but he was there on a rugby scholarship and wasn’t “one of the boys,” being too rough and from a poor background. The bride and her sister have a strained relationship. The sister seems to have a screw loose and is a cutter. The bride demands everything be perfect and is more than a little demanding. Something bad happened at the stag party but we don’t know what. The wedding planner, an attractive woman who runs the venue, seems mismatched to her fat husband but is the soul of efficiency. There’s way too much drinking, some dangerous peat bogs, a raging storm, crumbling cliffs. What could possibly go wrong?

The stories are told by all the characters in turn and we learn that not all is right beneath all the lavish perfection. We begin to learn who the likely candidates are for victim and who has motives against each. The author skillfully manages to keep from us whether anyone died, and, if so, who it might be until almost the very end. The responsible party or parties for whatever happened is revealed only at the absolute end, and it caught me by surprise. The suspense was delicious.

This belongs to that genre of mystery that is not quite a locked-room mystery since the crime doesn’t seem impossible, and it’s not a pure whodunit where we follow along with an investigator. It resembles the classic game Clue where a body is found and the suspects are all together in a closed location like, for example, Murder on the Orient Express, but without the Poirot equivalent. The characters/suspects/victim tell the story themselves. I listened to the audiobook and the actors were just marvelous.

MGBustillo Jun 09, 2021

A dark mystery set on a island reserved for a lavish wedding. Behind every character is a hidden motive and behind every motive is the need to survive!

ArapahoeMorgan Jun 08, 2021

A dark and foreboding mystery that will keep you constantly guessing. Each guest has their motives, secrets, and surprises.

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