The Guest List, by Lucy Foley
Published by Harper Collins, 20th February 2020
Genres: Mystery, thriller, crime, suspense
Trigger warnings: self harm, abortion, suicide, bullying, hazing
A remote island. An invitation to die for…
Guests are gathering on a small island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year. As a storm sweeps in, bringing rough waves and strong winds, the highly-organised wedding planner is hard pushed to keep everything running smoothly. As the skies darken, the drinks are flowing freely, emotions are running high and secrets are coming out. By the end of the night, one of the guests will be found dead. But who? And who amongst them is the killer?
I absolutely loved this book. Last year I read Lucy Foley’s debut novel, The Hunting Party, and I really loved that one as well. But I enjoyed The Guest List even more!
The story is fast-paced and the constant switching of perspectives and timelines makes it even more so. I enjoyed the different characters’ points of view and I found that the individual characters were a little more fleshed out and relatable.
As with The Hunting Party, I really liked the fact that not only is the identity of the killer a mystery, but you don’t find out who the victim is either. Until the very end! It really helped to increase the suspense and I couldn’t stop reading because I just had to find out. I had my suspicions, but I was not ready for the surprise ending!
I won’t say much more, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. All I will say is that I really loved this book, I am so grateful I received it as a Christmas present and I think it will be one of my favourite reads of this year.
My rating: 5/5