“On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom a rising television star. The bride
a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine in a remote location. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”
*I received a free copy of this book thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book*
The Guest Book by Lucy Foley is a book that I have been hearing about a lot when it first came out, but I was hesitant to buy it and read at first, as I had already had a Lucy Foley book, The Hunting Party, already on my TBR shelf. Wanting to be good for a change and read a book by the author before buying another, finding out if I like her writing and the style she writes in, knowing whether it would be worth considering buying this book. So that’s what I did. Really enjoying The Hunting Party, the writing and the layout style of that book, I was so excited to buy and read The Guest List. I was even more excited when I discovered that this book was on NetGalley and my request for it got approved!! Amazing!!!!
If you have read one of Lucy Foley’s previous book, The Hunting Party, then you are pretty much getting the same layout and story idea with The Guest List. You are getting a big group of people, however, this time around it is a wedding party, on an island and a murder takes place. The story layout of this book is also so similar to the previous book, with how it jumps from back and fore from past to present, leaving the audience unaware of who the murderer is, as well as who the victim is. Although this is such a similar format to Foley’s previous book, it is a format she seems to have perfected and one that is done well in this book, but not one that I should have read so close to each other, as I would have enjoyed it more.
The Guest List is a good book and was definitely one that was well written. Throughout the story, Foley does a good job at developing a good cast of characters and developing their backgrounds, which is also such a good way at developing the plot. These little backgrounds that we get on the characters were fantastic ways of not only developing the characters but also at introducing hints at to ‘who’ the killer/victim is and ‘why’, their reason behind it. If you read it carefully, you get all your answers right in front of you, so it could be quite predictable, but she did a good way at giving you all the answers.
Within the book, you don’t really get a bunch of nice characters. You get a bunch of pretty unlikeable characters and except for a few one of two, I didn’t really mind who actually died and was more eager to discover the reason why. But also, this is usually one of the few books that I’ve enjoyed, even though I disliked a large chunk of the characters within the book, so that just goes to show how good, not only the book is, but the writing and the story was so good to keep me gripped and finish the book within days. Plus, this book is told through several different character perspectives, which is something that’s either done well or not, judging on whether the characters are done well. This is one of the times it was done well and each of the characters stood for themselves and I didn’t get them mixed up, each having their own voice.
I am interested to read some more of Lucy Foley’s books and see if she continues with this same format and style, or if she does change it up a little. I don’t know if I prefer The Hunting Party, simply because I read that one first and had that in mind the entire time I was reading this book, reading them to close to each other. Although I really did enjoy this book, the creepy, bog island, ghostly atmosphere and will be recommending it, but not recommending those two books to be read so close together.