This reader just attended a wedding to die for after finishing Lucky Foley’s The Guest List. And let me say that this is a book for thriller fans, a wickedly good wedding complete with secrets, lies, and a murder mystery.
It has everything a memorable wedding should have. The location: an isolated Irish island with ancient structures and tales. The food and drink: provided by a couple that lives on the island, two bars stocked to the nines. The dress: satin body-hugging, complete with a crown suited for royalty. The couple: she a presence to be reckoned with and he drop-dead gorgeous to say the least.
Of course there is lots of entertainment from the on edgy best man to the dramatic bridesmaid.
The synopsis for The Guest List is as follows:
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?
The span of The Guest List takes place over two days. The day before the wedding when the bridal party arrives and the wedding day itself. In such a short amount of time, so much happens. The chapters are broken into the perspectives of the main characters including the bride, the bridesmaid, groom’s best friend, and the wife of the bride’s best friend. Each character is likable in their own way, even the bride who the reader will love to hate.
Each chapter slowly inches the reader towards the murder, secrets being revealed along the way. Each chapter leaves the reader on the edge of their seat, being pushed closer and closer to the edge of the cliffs in the book. Just when you think one person is the leading suspect, the next chapter reminds you that it could be anyone.
Foley has a way of taking the reader to this island with the characters, making it almost possible to smell the sea air. This book has nice pacing, making it easy to devour in a sitting or two. For thriller fans, it is a great who done it story that is satisfying to the bitter end.
The Guest List hit the shelves on May 5, 2020.
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