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ARC Book Review: ‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley

Title: The Guest List

Author: Lucy Foley

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Synopsis: It starts with a party.On a remote island, the guest gather for the wedding of the year- the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Old friends. Past grudges. Happy families. Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests. One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as storm unleashes it’s fury upon the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive. It’ll end in murder.

Now, I have to be honest and say this type of genre isn’t my favourite. I don’t read them very often at all, but I devoured this one. It was so good.

I’m sure a lot of you have read ‘The Hunting Party’ by Lucy and she’s back with this new book, and I think you’ll all love this one just as much.

The story starts on the wedding night, at the reception, when all the lights go out and a scream is heard. The story then goes back to guests arriving on a small island to attend the glamorous wedding of their friend June and her tv star husband. They are all staying together in a rundown castle before the big day.

The story is told through the perspective of five characters. Normally, I don’t like this many and this book even adds more towards the end, but I really enjoyed it this novel. Each character is different and has its own story that really adds to the overall story. This led to a twist I didn’t see coming! It was nice to have so many layers to this story.

Also, with the story being set on a island, and the wedding taking place on a stormy night, it really sets up the perfect atmosphere. It’s sort of got this gothic, derelict feel to it and it was great for the story telling. Lucy really uses it to her advantage. It’s another aspect of this book that’s fantastic.

Now let’s talk about that ending. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out who was killed and who killed them. I’m surprised the pages didn’t start to smoke! The mystery and the tension had been built up so perfectly. I couldn’t figure it out and when it was revealed I was little disappointed. I thought it was cliched. But then BOOM, another twist happened and I was incredibly shocked! I didn’t see it coming. I was so surprised. I loved it. That’s what an excellent thriller is all about.

I hope this isn’t a spoiler, I didn’t think it is.

Lucy really has crafted the perfect thriller. It’s got interesting dynamic characters, so many layers to the book. With the story building and building till it reaches a climax that doesn’t disappoint. And Lucy does extremely well, and is clever is it’s not just a twist of the sake of it. It all made perfect sense. There was some foreshadowing that after the ending is revealed makes perfect sense. I love that.

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was thrilling. I even stayed up late to read it, mainly because I couldn’t put it down and had to know what happened, but I never stay up late. Make sure you pick up this book. Now you’ll have to excuse, I’m off to pick up a copy of ‘The Hunting Party’.

Thanks to Jen Harlow and Harper Collins UK for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 20th.

Until the next review

JTH

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