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The Guest List by Lucy Foley Review

This review does not contain any spoilers. How mean would that be!

The Guest List by Lucy Foley book cover

An exclusive wedding is set to take place on a remote Irish island and everyone who’s anyone is expected to be there. As guests gather to celebrate the union, a brutal storm creeps up on them. Someone won’t survive, but the storm is not to blame.

Everyone on the guest list has a secret, everyone is a suspect but only one is a murderer. The Guest List by Lucy Foley is told from multiple points of view—the bride, the plus-one, the best man, the wedding planner and the bridesmaid. Foley unravels the many layers of each character throughout each chapter. She expertly and stylishly exposes their desires, what keeps them up at night and their motives to kill.

Books like this only further validate my obsession with the mystery genre. There’s nothing better than a good page-turner you can cuddle up and drink a glass of wine with. From the beginning, I was hooked—lights go out, a blood-curdling scream is heard and from there the book only intensified.

This book reminded me somewhat of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. There’s a collection of diverse characters, packed together in a setting they can’t escape from and clues that make every suspect look guilty. Don’t worry though, this book does not end in the same manner.

Typically, I’m not a fan of novels with lots of POVs. I get easily confused, annoyed because I have to go back and re-read but this book is an exception. Foley uses a ton of rich characterization and descriptive imagery and that made it super easy to remember each suspect.

Like any great mystery, you have to really focus when you read each chapter because small details turn out to be big clues in the end. The best aspect of this book is that you are left in the dark and have no idea who the victim or murderer is until the very end.

I simply just couldn’t put this very well executed mystery down. I finished it in about a week because at the end of each chapter I thought, Just one more! My boyfriend can make his own dinner, my dog can walk herself, do I really need to wash the sky-high pile of clothes in the bedroom right now? I guarantee you’ll do the same.

I highly recommend this book. I rate it ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

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