mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Guest List – Lucy Foley ★★★★

Blurb; A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the 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?

My Review; After reading and loving The Hunting Party last year this was a must read for me and it did not disappoint me at all. It’s brilliant. Tense. Thrilling. Suspense filled especially towards the end. A real page turner to sink your teeth into. A book to keep your eye on this year.

Brilliantly written. Gripping. The story is told through multiple point of views and it works really well. We get to know each individual character and their background and story. Everyone has a story and must relate to one specific place. The past is still on many of the guests minds in this story and some want answers and revenge for what happened.

The ending oh wow wow wow a million times. Cannot beat a good ending. I think the ending made this book even better for me personally. Amazing! Lucy sure knows how to draw the reader in and capture their attention to the last page. I want to say it ended perfectly but some may not agree. Hmmm.

Absolutely loved reading this. Loved the island even if it was a little creepy and the cover is beautiful. A well deserved four stars from me, highly recommend. This is not your average wedding… I wouldn’t have liked to attend this wedding. The whole story is cleverly written. Everything connects. EVERYTHING. but how?

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

My Review; I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book so of course I had to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. I actually read most of this in one day. It is a brilliant crime debut.

The opening had me intrigued and wanting to dive in. It is a story of old friends coming together for a short get away celebrating New Years Eve in a remote location, but not everything is as it seems…

You could tell from the start there was a lot of tension between all the friends making it slightly awkward throughout and even made me feel uncomfortable at times.

Towards the end things start to turn nasty and secrets start to unfold, testing friendships and breaking barriers. Real shocker of an outcome you could not see coming or suspect at all. I loved it. Full of drama.

Brilliantly written with short chapters, an easy read for me which I throughally enjoyed. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. A suspense filled story that you won’t want to put down. A death you want to know the answers to… A page turner. Very impressed.

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