[Ebook] The Guest List By Lucy Foley – Trishjohnsongolf.co.uk

The Guest List A Wedding Celebration Turns Dark And Deadly In This Deliciously Wicked And Atmospheric Thriller Reminiscent Of Agatha Christie From The Author Of The Hunting PartyThe Bride The Plus One The Best Man The Wedding Planner The Bridesmaid The BodyOn 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 ExecutedBut 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 ToastAnd Then Someone Turns Up Dead Who Didn T Wish The Happy Couple Well And Perhaps Important, Why EXCERPT NOW The Wedding Night The lights go out In an instant, everything is in darkness The band stop their playing Inside the marquee the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls It s impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying above the guests voices the wind rises in a frenzy Outside a storm is raging It shrieks around them, it batters the marquee At each assault the whole structure seems to flex and shudder with a loud groaning of metal the guests cower in alarm The doors have come free of their ties and flap at the entrance The flames of the paraffin torches that illuminate the doorway snicker It feels personal, this storm It feels as though it has saved all its fury for them This isn t the first time the electrics have shorted But the last time the lights snapped back on again within minutes The guests returned to their dancing, their drinking, their pill popping, their screwing, their eating, their laughingand forgot it ever happened How long has it been now In the dark it s difficult to tell A few minutes Fifteen Twenty They re beginning to feel afraid This darkness feels somehow ominous, intense As though anything could be happening beneath its cover ABOUT THIS BOOK On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests 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 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.MY THOUGHTS The air of menace is palpable from the outset, but we don t find out at whom it is directed until almost the end There is no shortage of possibilities It seems that all the main characters bear a grudge against someone, and all have secrets to hide and protect Most of the characters aren t at all likeable, but the cast is an interesting one The story is told from multiple points of view Jules, the bride, a success in her own right, who is marrying Will, star of a TV survival show Olivia, the bride s sister and only bridesmaid, fragile following her own failed romance Johno, best man, odd man out, serial failure, and friend of the groom from their boarding school days Hannah, the plus one, mother of two and wife of the bride s best friend, Charlie Aoife, wedding planner and venue owner with her partner Freddie Add to this mix the ushers, also Will s friends from boarding school, and the combination becomes even volatile.The story is told over two days, that of the wedding, and the preceding day as the wedding party arrives on the island Lucy Foley has created an incredibly atmospheric setting for her novel There is a whispering cave, a graveyard, a crumbling castle edifice, and a wedding party trapped on an island during a violent storm The secrets are slowly revealed, the suspense teased out as we await the inevitable But who will be the victim And who is the killer A surprising and inventive novel.5 TheGuestList NetGalley THE AUTHOR Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full time The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Harper Collins Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Guest List by Lucy Foley for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, and my webpage This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings 1 Too many POVS I got confused easily and I don t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story, blablas, unnecessary yadayadas2 Slow burning story telling I m impatient person, I like to go straight and cut to the chase So I don t like stalling around facts, I just like to dive in BUT this book is an exception I loved its slow building tension, I loved the notorious, immature, childish boys club I m talking about groom s friends who are acting like wedding crashers and stayed in their teenage years , I loved variety of interesting, rich, attention taker characterization And wonderful part is till the end of the book we are left in the dark and we have no idea who is death or the identity of perpetrator You have to focus so carefully when you read the chapters because any small detail turns out a big clue for you to solve the puzzle and not to get shocked when you face the surprising, twisty revelations and the connections between the characters Yes, I have to stop that but I have to admit, at the end of the book my mouth was wide open, my eyes popped out and I stayed like this position for one hour The neighborhood kids thought their dreams finally came true and I turned into a sculpture Even the crows thought I was not a human and they left some gifts to my head Yes, I washed ten times But when I got rid of my first shock and started to move, they screamed and cried in pain Yes, the witch was back Let s talk about the blurb a little bit Jules, successful, glamorous and too ambitious magazine publisher, suffering from her anger management issues, selfish, focusing on perfection, giving orders, controlling the people, the worst bridezilla marries with charming, rising star of television, cocky, flirting Will at an island off the coast of Ireland, in the middle of nowhere, limited phone reception, giving you nightmarish vibes, with dark woods, caves, making you feel like somebody sneaking behind you Perfect place to low budget independent horror movie but not so preferable wedding place Bridezilla doesn t care, she knows the best Our other characters Helen plus 1 married with bride s oldest and best male friend Charlie, having doubts about their so intense and secluded relationship, mother, graphic designer at long maternity leave, suffering from traumatic family drama, having her own secrets, befriending bridesmaid Olivia Yes Olivia is 19 years old bridesmaid, half sister of bridezilla, suffering from a big secret makes her lose weight, cutting herself The secret is gnawing her She needs to talk someone before she gets hurt herself Could Helen be her confidante Best man Johnno, seems confused what he s doing about his life, sharing a really big secret with Will from their high school times, giving him nightmares and making him fell like chasing by the past time ghosts And he learns something crucial to change his life forever and gives him a motive to do something dangerous Let s not forget Aoife, wedding planner, working her ass off to organize the entire ceremony, achieving a complex and challenging job but she observes everyone, looking agitated, seems like waiting for the shoe drop Why is she so frustrated What is she worried about The lies, secrets, resentments and big revelations start to fall into her laps like bombs over and over again And during the ceremony lights go out, screams, pitch black, lights come out, somebody is death.na na na Welcome to the bridezilla zone Do you want to know who killed who Guess what, I already told you so much, you gotta read the rest of it I hate to admit, I am not fan of Hunting Party That book disappointed me a lot But this one is surprisingly good, I couldn t decide if I gave 4 or 5 stars I decided 4 slow burn, intriguing, smart, entertaining, riveting stars OVERALL SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE bloginstagramfacebooktwitter The Guest List BOTM April 2020 SelectionIn a sea of mediocre mysteries and thrillers, this one caught my attention and held it through to the explosive ending Lucy Foley writes psychological fiction that isn t flashy, but focuses a quiet power to envelop the reader with strong writing and plotting In my opinion, a good thriller isn t one that has to pull a twist out of somewhere the reader wouldn t expect, but takes the entire cast of characters and makes each look as guilty as the rest, so that by the time the reader reaches the end, it doesn t really matter whodunnit as much as how the author has kept you floundering around for 300 pages in search of the reveal This is precisely what Foley has done with The Guest List, and while it was difficult at first to keep up with the numerous POVs we receive, I was able to keep them straight once the story was going Part Agatha Christie mystery, part Big Little Lies, The Guest List is a book that I felt lightened the burden of current world issues and allowed me to slip into a place that was filled with murder and mayhem instead of viruses and homeschooling Disclaimer I also received a review copy via the publisher. Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this even hugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery, a modern take on Agatha Christie, set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island, off the west coast of Ireland The golden celebrity couple, Julia Jules Keegan, publisher of a successful online magazine, and the handsome Will Slater, rising star of TV show Survival, are getting married in style in front of their friends and family, an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner, Aoife and catered for by her husband, Freddy However, it immediately becomes clear on a dark, wild and stormy wedding night of power cuts that something has gone desperately wrong, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, a distraught waitress speaks of seeing a body outside, which has the ushers setting out into the night to find out what has happened.Foley provides the perspectives of a wide host of diverse characters, with their fears, secrets, lies and silences amidst the drink and drug fuelled wedding celebrations over which hang an ominous air of upcoming disaster, a feeling that is enhanced further by the island location with its haunted history, its ghosts of the dead, its treacherous terrain and the approaching storm Jules is worrying about a anonymous note that warns her not to marry Will, her bridesmaid, her sister Olivia, is a fragile self harming wreck The best man, Johnno, is desperate not to lose touch with Will, they have a shared past history that goes back to their school days Hannah is the plus one, married to Charlie, the MC and best friend of the bride, they are a cash strapped couple, determined to make the most of their first opportunity for a long time to be away from their children and their humdrum lives The ushers are a bunch of sneering, entitled, bullying and malicious ex public schoolboys who have never grown up.Foley skilfully reveals the past history of the characters, the grief, the losses, the simmering resentments and jealousies, the guilt, the secrets, the lies, a past that adds up to a bubbling cauldron full of motives to kill, and a present where the chickens of the past have finally come home to roost Foley excels in writing a riveting murder mystery, with the vibrant creation and development of larger than life characters, attending a strife ridden wedding in a location that is just perfect for the darkest of deeds to take place A fabulous crime read that I recommend highly Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

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