If you are having difficulty navigating this website please contact us at member.services@bookofthemonth.com or 1-877-236-8540.

Get your first book for $5 with code PETALS at checkout.

Join today!

We’ll make this quick.

First, enter your email. Then choose your move.

By tapping "Pick a book now" or "Pick a book later", you agree to Book of the Month’s Terms of use and Privacy policy.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Thriller

The Guest List

BOTY FINALIST

Each year thousands of members vote for our Book of the Year award—congrats to The Guest List!

Early Release

This is an early release that's only available to our members—the rest of the world has to wait to read it.

by Lucy Foley

Excellent choice

Just enter your email to add this book to your box.

By tapping "Add to box", you agree to Book of the Month’s Terms of use and Privacy policy.

Quick take

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

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FamilyDrama

    Family drama

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Action

    Action-packed

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy

    Creepy

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Whodunit

    Whodunit

Synopsis

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?

Read less

Free sample

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

Now

The Wedding Night

The lights go out.

In an instant, everything is in darkness. The band stop their playing. Inside the tent the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another. The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls. It’s impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying: above the guests’ voices the wind rises in a frenzy.

Outside a storm is raging. It shrieks around them, it batters the tent. At each assault the whole structure seems to flex and shudder with a loud groaning of metal; the guests cower in alarm. The doors have come free from their ties and flap at the entrance. The flames of the paraffin torches that illuminate the doorway snicker.

It feels personal, this storm. It feels as though it has saved all its fury for them.

This isn’t the first time the electric has shorted. But last time the lights snapped back on again within minutes. The guests returned to their dancing, their drinking, their pill-popping, their screwing, their eating, their laughing . . . and forgot it ever happened.

How long has it been now? In the dark it’s difficult to tell. A few minutes? Fifteen? Twenty?

They’re beginning to feel afraid. This darkness feels somehow ominous, intent. As though anything could be happening beneath its cover.

Create a free account!

Sign up to see book details, our quick takes, and more.

By tapping "Sign up", you agree to Book of the Month’s Terms of use and Privacy policy.

Why I love it

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.

Read less

Member ratings (71,928)

  • Tori G.

    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

  • Rachel S.

    San Diego, CA

    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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Meg B.

    Apollo, PA

    Shocking! A wedding you wouldn’t want to miss yet wouldn’t want to attend. Suspenseful to the very end, the possibilities of whodoneit keeps you guessing with an end you never see coming. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Samantha A.

    Excelsior Springs, MO

    You will not be disappointed picking up this locked-room mystery. With multiple viewpoints and flash forwards to the wedding night you'll constantly wonder who will die, and who will kill. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Emily H.

    Saint Louis Park, MN

    I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. It kept my interest the whole time, and I found it hard to put down! I highly recommend for anyone looking for an intriguing tale of murder. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Create a free account!

Sign up to see book details, our quick takes, and more.

By tapping "Sign up", you agree to Book of the Month’s Terms of use and Privacy policy.