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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List

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by Lucy Foley

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Plot twist: This high-profile wedding starts with a murder. You'll be left to guess whodunit alongside its guests.

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Torrey DeVitto is an activist and actress on Chicago Med.

Why I love it

Torrey DeVitto
Actress, Chicago Med

The Guest List is the perfect book to lose yourself in for a few hours—it’s a constant page turner! A thrilling web of mystery that reminded me of Agatha Christie, reading this book felt like playing a game of ‘Clue.’ You know that feeling … when new information blows your assumptions out of the water just as you’re about to shout, “it was Colonel Mustard in the library!”

When the story opens, we find ourselves on a creepy island off the coast of Ireland, in the throes of a wedding celebration. The bride and groom are gorgeous, charming, and mildly famous, and every last detail—from the floral arrangements to the menu to the guest list itself—is perfect. Or is it? Quickly, things spin out of hand. The groom’s best friends are rowdy. The bride’s family possesses secrets galore. And then, a body is found.

By the time I reached the thrilling final pages, I felt like I myself was a guest on that island—and I was dying to get off! If you’re looking for a book to take you on an exquisite ride, look no further. Just hunker down, put your phone on silent, pop a bottle of wine, and start The Guest List.

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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?

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Get an early look from the first pages of The Guest List.

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  • Strafford, NH

    I really enjoyed this book and I'm finding that I'm liking thriller's more and more. I believe that the piece I liked most about this book was the different perspective of each character. I find that when books do that it's easier for me to stay engaged and get through the book at a much faster rate. The back stories of each character were also pretty intriguing and it was a very thought-provoking book

  • Leavenworth, KS

    I know a book is great when I have to physically put it down a few times throughout my read, to sit & reflect on the storyline. The build up is fantastic. And I ♥️ the multiple viewpoints! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Middleburg, FL

    Found this book to be very enjoyable - an easy read while laying by the pool. I didn’t see the ending coming! I was going to give this a “Like It” until the ending surprised me - now it’s a “Love It”!

  • Monroe, NC

    FIVE STARS!!! ???????????????????? This book is so dang good that I stayed up till 3 AM to finish it because I was on thr edge of my seat the entire time! The twists and turns keep you guessing until the end!

  • Chicago , IL

    this is a page-turner. i couldn’t put it down with questions arising as i read more. it’s like a puzzle. it isn’t until the last 10 pages that your jaw drops in shock and your suspicious are answered.

  • Huntersville, NC

    Who was killed and who done it? Was the entire question for this book. You soon begin to realize with just about everyone having a motive you cant be  quite sure who the “victim” and the murderer are

  • Michigan City, IN

    It’s like Agatha Christie’s novel “And Then There Were None”, but I feel like we get a lot more of the character’s stories in this one. The author weaves each character’s lives together tightly.

  • Canoga Park, CA

    I’m torn between Liked and Loved but since it really was a good mystery I’ll go with Loved. I’m a sucker for any book that takes place in a secluded place especially on an island with a raging storm.

  • Corpus Christi, TX

    I don’t think I would have classified this as a thriller. It’s not fast-paced but it builds up slowly and is very atmospheric. I’m glad I pushed through it because I really enjoyed it as a mystery!

  • Indianapolis, IN

    This is one of the best slow build thrillers I’ve ever read. I’ve never had a book go from a 3-star rating to a 5-star rating so quick! I recommend sticking this one out to the end. It’s so worth it!

  • Murfreesboro, TN

    I love how each chapter bounces from character to character. It’s a fun way for you to piece together this “who done it.” I for sure thought I had it figured out until the last few pages! Great read!

  • Canoga Park, CA

    This book was very fast paced. I loved that it had multiple points of view, because you got so immersed in the story and you didn’t know what to expect from any angles. Very clever of the author! ❤️

  • Huntington Station, NY

    Typical murder mystery, but i loved all tbe characters and all thw different POVs and timelines. The final ending definitly had a twist i wasn’t expecting but I’m glad all the characters ended content

  • Manassas, VA

    Wow. First of all, I really enjoyed the author switching between different characters’ perspectives throughout—got to know each intimately. And the interwoven lives and secrets uncovered = page turner

  • Grand Rapids , MI

    I love a good book with everyone’s messy lives coming together in a kind blowing ending. It had some good drama, scandal, lies and murder to spice up my life that (thankfully) has none of that! ????????

  • Louisville, KY

    I highly enjoyed this one! Definitely gave me “and then there were none..” vibes. It does get a little confusing at the start bouncing through so many characters perspectives. But overall, it was good

  • Atlanta, GA

    Absolutely LOVED this! It’s is a very classic, Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery where anyone could be the murderer or the victim. (fyi: There’re multiple view points and a back-and-forth timeline)

  • Leesburg, VA

    Truly a page turner, read it in two days, its been awhile since I’ve read a book that I just couldn’t put down. I do wish there was slightly more resolution/details at the end, but overall wonderful.

  • Quincy, MA

    Started slow, but once it picked up, I couldn’t put it down. The multiple POVs added to the story and aided the slow unraveling of everyone’s secrets. One of the better thrillers I have read recently!

  • Lees Summit, MO

    “You’d kill to be on it” is written under the title on the cover. The book kept me just as intrigued the entire time. As the end neared, I kept finding myself thinking “no way!” Very good book!!

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