Dear The Guest List,
You were a fun little fling of a book! I loved how quickly you moved, and the fact that we didn't even find out the victim until the end of the book made it so fun and hard to figure everything out! I loved being inside of the 4 different characters heads, and the way that things tied together at the end was fantastic. The bad guys were awesome to hate! My favorite character was Hannah, and my heart broke for Olivia (totally saw her secret coming!) It gave me Agatha Christy vibes, specifically, Ten Little Indians. Love love love!!!!
Review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
TW: murder, revenge porn, blackmail, and cheating
This was another #bookstagrammademedoit, this thriller was so hyped up on bookstagram, and ya know, I fell for it again. Tbh, I’m not trusting y’all with thrillers and murder mysteries anymore.
What I liked:
-The setting and the premise. I love the idea of guests being trapped together on a deserted island in the middle of a wedding where a murder occurs!! What a recipe for disaster, love that for them.
-Foley’s writing style. She’s super descriptive and I really felt the vividness of her settings while I was listening, so that kept me listening for sure.
What I loved:
-If you grab this book on audiobook then each chapter is narrated by a different person so I felt really connected to the different people as I was listening.
What I didn’t care for:
-The characters, they were literally all insufferable and super cliche. Here’s a breakdown of the main’s: Jules is a classic “I’m a bad bitch, I don’t have feelings, but I actually really do lmao” popular perfectionist, we all know these girls, and they need to go to therapy. Will is just a typical privileged, wealthy, entitled, asshole who is used to womanizing women and getting what he wants at all times. Johnno is the creepy old dude who still loves to reminisce about his high school glory days and gets sloppy drunk way too often. Hannah just has no backbone, like girl come on, don’t let your man treat you like that.
-The timeline. The reader is oscillating between the day of the wedding (when the murder occurs) and the days leading up to the wedding, so we don’t find out which character gets the axe until the end of the book. I want to know upfront who gets murdered.
-The murderer. Y’all, I didn’t see the ending coming, but I also felt like it was too far fetched. Can’t say more without spoiling, but if you’ve read this book slide into my DMs and let me know what you think about the ending!
Overall, it was alright, I wasn’t blown away. It was a decent audiobook, but I think it would have been less interesting for me had I picked up a physical copy.
i’m starting to think that maybe i just don’t like thrillers.....anyways 2.5
I had high hopes from everyone loving it, but the beginning was slow (which i wasn't expecting), but the end was WOW did not see that coming so 3.75, ending was just WOW
3.5 stars. I loved the atmospheric setting of this book. The Irish island sounded so beautiful and so creepy at the same time. The plot of the book moves back and forth across a couple of days and has many points of view. I thought this made the story more interesting, but some people may not like the shifting timeline and multiple POVs. The “thriller” part of the book is just okay. I figured out a lot of the twists before the end. I wish the book had a few more likable characters and more resolution at the ending.
I loved this book. More twists and turns than any mystery I've ever read, I think. So many people could have killed the victim, but who did? And even when I had the answer to that, there were still more twists.
The book was well-written and all loose ends were tied up in the end. I'm looking forward to reading Foley's other books.
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