I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Huge thanks to Anne Cater and to Jen at Harper Collins for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
Another murder. Another mystery.
Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together.
It should be the perfect day.
Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder.
A groom with a secret.
A bridesmaid with a grudge. A plus one with motive.
A best man with a past.
It could be any, it could be all . . . But one guest won’t make it out alive.
If you enjoyed The Hunting Party then you are going to absolutely love The Guest List as it has a very similar “Agatha Christie” style to the narrative that works really well. A secluded setting, cut off from the outside world, with characters who all seem to have some sort of connection and motive, all add up to a brilliantly twisty murder mystery. Which works perfectly even though we don’t actually find out who has been murdered until the very end even though we do have a pretty good idea. But there are so many red herrings swimming throughout the plot that it could physically have been anyone!
Jules and Will are getting married on an island off the coast of Ireland and the tensions are running high as they do before any wedding! We are introduced to the happy couple themselves and then members of the bridal party-all of whom seem to have secrets they would rather not share. But when old wounds are picked at, someone is bound to get hurt. I especially liked Hannah. I loved her down to earth Northern character and wanted her to have a good weekend away from the everyday stresses of family life. There were a few rather unlikeable characters but it was hard picking out those with a grudge to hold as everyone seemed to have a secret that wanted to hold onto.
The Guest List is an addictive read that will have you desperate to work out who has been murdered and why. The late, great, Agatha Christie herself would have loved to read this book I’m sure and I think the red herrings would have delighted her as much as they did me! Darkly compelling, with a setting to die for, this is one wedding that you won’t want to miss.
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, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s 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. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.