The Guest List: A Novel
by Foley Lucy
Hardcover- $19.59


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In true Agatha Christie form, this "who done it" mystery which keeps you guessing until the end. The backstories on the characters helps you believe that any one of these characters could be the murderer. Enjoyed this book very much and recommended it to my book club for reading. The club had a very lively discussion of this book.

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Great imagery and well written. This book had slow build to a very unexpected ending. Left us wanting more relationship/character development after the murder.

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  "This is a good psychological drama." by thewanderingjew (see profile) 01/06/21

The Guest List, Lucy Foley, author; Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble, narrators
When Will and Jules, two successful and “beautiful people”, fall in love, it feels like kismet to both of them. They have no idea that their marriage will dredge up painful memories that will have a profound influence on many lives, including their own. Jules is the creator of a successful technology magazine called The Download, and Will is on his way to becoming a reality television superstar.
Jules has lots of hidden baggage to carry. Her mother was too young when she became a first time parent and often revealed that her life was unfulfilled because of it. Jules lived with that condemnation. When her mother and father divorced, she felt abandoned. After her mom remarried, her half sister was born. Olivia was very needy and emotional. She became her mom’s favorite. It was a perfect set up for sibling rivalry.
Will’s father was the headmaster of a private school for boys. He was very difficult to please. The school seemed to cater to “boys who will be boys” in the extreme. They were spoiled and willful. Will was personable and good looking. He attracted many followers. He enjoyed conquering his prey, both male and female. At school, pranks were often played on the weaker more fragile students, and the apparent glee these boys seemed to gain from hurting others, did not make them very likable to me. As they grew up, most became successful, but not necessarily more likeable.
The book begins at the end of the story and events are revealed through the memories of the characters who appear in alternating chapters moving from the past to the wedding in the present. It is filled with drama and holds the attention of the reader as the story unfolds. The wedding was held on a barren, remote island in an old castle which made the venue rather unique. The characters that are “witnesses” are Jules, who is the bride and Will who is the groom. Olivia is the bridesmaid. Hannah is the wife of Charlie who is best friends with the bride. Johnno is the best man and “best mate” of the groom. Aoife has been hired as the wedding planner. She lives on the island with her husband Freddie. Each of these characters had a past that had been touched in some way by Will. Will was the man with the magical personality that seemed to draw people to him for good or evil. Will felt justified in all that he did and believed in himself and in his own right to success. Acting suited his personality as he and the truth were not bound together too tightly.
At the wedding, when these old friends and disparate family members came together, they became the catalyst for catastrophe. The pot simmered and began to bubble over with the history and the revelations that came with it. Often the information was devastating for some of the guests. Many questions that had bothered them for years, about tragedies they had witnessed or suffered, were suddenly explained. Mysteries were resolved as the situation turned into a perfect storm.

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