The Guest List

The Guest List

A Novel

Book - 2020/05
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"I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness I get from curling up with a classic Christie...The alternating points of view keep you guessing, and guessing wrong." -- Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

"Evok[es] the great Agatha Christie classics...Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters' pasts. They are all clues." -- New York Times Book Review

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

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?

Publisher: William Morrow 2020/05
ISBN: 9780062868930
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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Jul 29, 2020

Loved this audiobook!

Jul 28, 2020

Not sure why this book has so much hype surrounding it. I found it to be predictable and a little off putting. The ending was a surprise I'll give you that much- however the best man deserved better. I feel like there could possibly be a sequel?

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 23, 2020

In the middle of a hot summer that involves no travel whatsoever, I found it really wonderfully escapist to spend a few hours reading this creepy, atmospheric book set on an Irish island, about a wedding and a murder and a whole bunch of wedding guests & wedding party members who may or may not be the killer. It's reminiscent of And Then There Were None in the best possible way, and just a really fun read.

JCLGreggW Jul 20, 2020

2020's breakout hit is ABSOLUTELY worth the hype. A wedding at an isolated Irish island brings together an ensemble cast where lies, secrets, and long-buried passions reemerge into a deadly conflict. You can guess who dunnit or just strap yourself in for a wonderful ride.

ArapahoeKati Jul 20, 2020

I couldn't put this down, and I loved that every time I had a guess, I was absolutely wrong. Dark, foreboding, and an all around great thriller that spooked me in the middle of summer.

RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "It’s difficult to review a book that is so, so good, but you don’t want to reveal too much for fear of ruining it for others. 'The Guest List' is one of those books; it’s a thriller that is so superbly plotted that I’m afraid to say anything about it because I want other readers to enjoy every reveal as much as I did. I just want to shove it in people’s hands and say, “read this right now!” It’s feminist. It’s satisfying. It was genuinely shocking. 'The Guest List' has the atmosphere of a Gothic, but reads like a thriller. It’s fast-paced with lots of carefully timed reveals, and it’s told from multiple viewpoints."


Jul 13, 2020

I was hoping to like this book more than I did. It’s definitely for a targeted audience. Unfortunately I’m a generation ahead and the wrong gender for said target. Written in the same paradigm as her previous book The Hunting Party. However this storyline gets a little stale and drawn out in the last chapters imo. The ending (finally) did redeem the book. Good story but not great, so not a complete snore.

Jul 05, 2020

Definite ‘ Big Little Lies’ vibe - I loved this book!
The remote Irish setting , the ghosts , the wild sea , secrets , lies , infidelities , an ancient graveyard .... great setting , characters and plot ...

Jun 25, 2020

Truly fabulous! I read this book in a day. I love the way the chapters end and inspire you to continue reading.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 22, 2020

Fun, fast-paced mystery. So. Much. Drama! Foley is good at doing the Agatha Christie-esque thing...but explaining which one this is a retelling of is kind of spoiler-y.

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