The Guest List by Lucy Foley was one of my impulse Tesco purchases after work last year (because yes, even in the first lockdown, schools weren’t closed) and after seeing it praised so much on bookstagram it just accidentally ended up in my basket. Not helped by their 2 for £8 deal. I didn’t know too much about it other than it’s a thriller and discovering last year that I actually quite liked thrillers.
Each has a secret. Each has a motive. Off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year. Old friends, past grudges. Happy families, hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests, one body. One guest won’t leave this wedding alive…
This is going to be spoiler free so don’t expect much detail. This will just be my usual waffle!
Running this through CAWPILE (created by Book Roast) it came out as a high four star, bordering on five star. I think what lowered it from a five star was just me being impatient and wanting to find out what had happened but the author cleverly hiding it for a long time. So I may in fact end up bumping it up to a five star anyway. I just had to know who the body was and who did it which made me binge read this in one weekend (whilst having breaks watching Bridgerton!)
The setting of the wedding created perfect atmosphere for this mystery as, not only was it eerie being on an island so far away from the mainland full of dangerous landscape, but it also affected the characters and set them on edge. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy multiple pov in books but this is where this story got it’s strength I feel. Characters was one of the categories I marked really high on CAWPILE as I felt like I got into the heads of all the main players, Hannah being my favourite I think. She felt really out of place amongst all these privileged private school people and yet still finds it in her to be kind.
The writing also has top marks, especially those last few chapters. I won’t reveal what but oh my goodness I felt so on edge and had physical shivers. Another on the pro list is that all the chapters were short which is one thing I personally love and added to it feeling really fast paced.
This book has only confirmed that I actually really enjoy thrillers and I’ll be definitely be reading The Hunting Party as soon as I allow myself to buy books again!