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Book Review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A wedding on a deserted, haunted island. Seven characters. Drama, chaos, secrets shared. And a dead body.

Oh my gosh, you guys, this book!

So, I have to be completely honest. When I first saw The Guest List, I just kind of wrote it off because I don't really like mystery/thriller unless it's a YA book. But I was in Target last week and my mom told me I needed to read it. So I got.


I'm so glad she asked me to get it. Because this book is so good!


The bride. The plus one. The best man. The wedding planner. The bridesmaid. The body.
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?

Like always, I had to stay up super late to read and finish this book because I. Was. Obsessed.

I'll be honest. I was off to a slow start, mainly because this isn't the typical genre I read. But once I got a good chunk in, I was hooked. I tried to figure out who had died. And how. And why. And, most of all, who did it?

Lucy Foley did a spectacular job at keeping her audience sitting at the edge of their seats. With every chapter, the story would unfold. And Foley did what few authors can: She completely shocked me.

There was a point where I had less than 100 pages left of the novel and, naturally, I texted a couple friends about the emotional turmoil I was experiencing. Because Lucy Foley had the AUDACITY to throw me for some crazy loops. But I loved it. And I will have to buy her other books.

My Rating:


Even if you don't like mystery/thriller books, please at least give this one a chance. I was so hooked. And going through a lot of emotions. Mostly disbelief, but it had some laughs and some tears and some anger, too. When I talked to my mom about the book this morning, she couldn't help but smile at my reaction and say, "I told you you'd love it." And she was right. I did.

And I hope you love it, too.

Have you read this book or any other Lucy Foley book? What did you think? And what other mystery/thriller books do you love? Leave them in the comments below. Let's start a conversation!

Fun Reaction Time

Obviously I didn't hate the book, but it really messed with my brain, man.

And this is when I finished the book. I love my friends. 😂 Shout out to them for dealing with my chaos, especially my middle-of-the-night-I-just-finished-a-book-or-need-to-tell-you-about-my-book chaos.

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