The Guest List

The Guest List

A Novel

Book - 2020
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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: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2020
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062868930
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm

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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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