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The Guest List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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leslie_brazeau
Mar 26, 2021

Predictable, flat. Characters are one-dimensional: cartoonish without depth. The author's forays into character's casual chats about sex left me a bit queasy. A blah of a book.

JCLAnneG Mar 18, 2021

This is a thriller that I didn't know I would like as much as I did. The island itself lends to the atmospheric tone of the story. The author did a good job including the creepy storm at just the right time.

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Purdyhedgehog
Mar 11, 2021

Predictable movie of the week, issue of the week type book.

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cwmoore
Mar 05, 2021

Slow start but picked up later when the number of suspects increased with every chapter.

loonylovesgood Mar 03, 2021

A quick read. Suspenseful, if a bit cheesy, writing style. It reminded me a bit of an older "Agatha Christie" type mystery.

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LorettaMCottone
Feb 27, 2021

For all the hype, I didn't like this book. Very contrived. A wedding but Not One Happy Person.

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peggydalberto
Feb 22, 2021

It's a shame trees were destroyed to print this book. I guess I have gotten to expect a better written story.

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gloryb
Feb 19, 2021

Another recent novel told from multiple perspectives - this time, 6 - with the names of each at the top of each relatively short chapter. Each of the perspectives is told in the first person, present tense, so there is no jarring transition with verb tenses. There is also a smooth transition of stories as each of the characters' revelations build on the previous character's story. All of the characters are together to celebrate the marriage of their best friends at their posh island wedding on a small island off the west coast of Ireland. The reader gets to know these characters by what they tell us about themselves and what they reveal about their inner thoughts about events in their lives and their past interactions with the other characters. Their past lays the basis for their thoughts of revenge, all aimed at one character. The dialogue that is present has just too much smutty language strewn in it for my liking, but perhaps the author feels that is how her characters would talk in reality. It takes awhile for the suspension and tension to grow as the author reveals the true nature of her seemingly successful and "beautiful" people. The ending has an unexpected, surprising twist. While none of the characters are sympathetic, the story is a good one with many underlying themes.

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KJP48
Feb 11, 2021

The book held my attention, I was interested in how it would end. Although I figured out the ending about midway through, that is, who the murderer was and why. The victim was also pretty obvious to me. I read it to the finish to see if I was right, and I was. So to me this was a so-so story.

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2303tes
Feb 09, 2021

It flipped back and forth a lot but it was informative and interesting.
Lots of secrets revealed.

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Margush
Feb 02, 2021

55 pages later, they still are trying their wedding outfits and figuring out their relationships. I don’t know who’s the audience for this book. It sounds like a teenager read (giggling “boys”), but describes sex scenes. So boring and disconcerting. Bizarre. I gave it up after those 55 pages. On another note, what’s wrong with all these latest releases? I started and gave up so many books published in 2020.

CircMary Feb 01, 2021

Enjoyable who-done-it. Very atmospheric. I was once stranded for a night on an island off the west coast of Ireland due to a storm, and I can tell you that part of the story was quite accurate.

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tui0tz0
Jan 31, 2021

Fun, quick read. Keeps you guessing. Refreshing to read a book like this once in awhile.

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GagaBoppi
Jan 28, 2021

Disturbing is the word that best describes this book. I've never read anything by this author and I won't read any of her other books. I love a good mystery, but the characters all have such a dark side that it made for a very uncomfortable read.

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Linyarai
Jan 27, 2021

I could not put this book down, I started it on my lunch break and read all the way home and didn’t eat until it was finished. I was floored by how little I predicted and how many surprises there were at the end. I was expected one, and they just kept coming. Some of the “stags” or groomsmen blurred together a bit, but the rest of the characters were unique and easy to keep track of. Each chapter is from a different person’s perspective, and it was nice to have their names at the beginning of each one to keep them straight. This book started out on more of a gentle pace, but then it’s a riot right till the end.

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hamerkop
Jan 23, 2021

YUK! Nothing to recommend this novel; chucked it after a few chapters. "Shallow" best describes the author and her characters.

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maryannw
Jan 21, 2021

I only made it through a few chapters of this terrible book. The characters were all despicable and I couldn’t tolerate reading any more about them. My first book I’ve tried to read by this author and definitely my last!

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perelstein
Jan 18, 2021

One of the best mysteries I've ever read. Characters are captured so well they're familiar to you. Perfectly paced. Intricately plotted. Pick up this book, you won't regret it.

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sapbear
Jan 17, 2021

I enjoyed it so much that my husband read it too. It was fast paced between 5 different viewpoints and kept us guessing until the end. A very fun read.

JCLLaurelA Jan 14, 2021

Time to join the flood of JCL staff leaving comments!

A celebrity wedding reception on a remote island during a storm so nobody can get to or leave the island, a power outage, a load of wedding guests with some mysterious pasts... There's almost no better mixture for a murder!

I couldn't put this book down. I believe it took me a whopping two days to read. It is full of interesting characters, some more likeable than others, with all sorts of realistic flaws. Each chapter is written from a different character's point of view. I find that to be a tough mechanic to pull off, but Foley nails it. The timing with the "earlier/later" sections (another mechanic I find tricky) is pretty much perfect. The references to the mysterious events of the stag party add an interesting angle to the story. I felt there were maybe a few coincidences too many at the end, but I was still satisfied (and somewhat surprised) with the answer to whodunnit.

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A1305846801
Jan 05, 2021

Lucy Foley's modern day whodunit is an impressive piece of prose that kept me guessing all the way till the end. It's a must read. I liked reading the story through the 1st person narrative of the different characters and how the past and the present came together. Note though, that the Guest List is a slow burn. The payoff doesn't come until near the end of the book. However, IMO, the payoff is worth it because of the painstaking way Ms. Foley has built the backstory of the main characters. Also, you are not going to care for several of the main characters. I believe that is by design,

Ms. Foley has written a really crafty and c;lever novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I very happily give it 5 stars.

esmom1 Dec 30, 2020

I am on the fence about this one. I want to so badly love it because the preface is good. Kinda creepy location with a spooky history, characters that run from complete jerks to sweet and wounded. It has a great twist at the end that I did not see coming unfortunately, it does take awhile to get there. I would mark this as an ok read; definitely has some good moments and definitely has some ho- hum skip this section moments.

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Betz50
Dec 30, 2020

The end of the book made it worth reading. Lots of twists. I’m not a fan of flipping ahead and then goIng back in the plot. Just keep on the plot and move ahead. Can’t decide if I liked it.

LPL_SarahM Dec 30, 2020

A real page turner. Could not put it down!

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t_lynschm77
Dec 30, 2020

I loved the writing style with each chapter being from a different character point of view. That may be my favorite style of fiction writing. It was a little too all connected to be believable, but it was a page-turner, none-the-less. I was surprised by the ending, which really made the whole book enjoyable. I could have done without so much vulgar language, but I suppose it could be argued that it fit the characters. For those that like mysteries and revenge stories, this one is good.


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