The Guest List – 4 Star Review

“The rage is growing inside me, overtaking the shock and grief. I can feel it blossoming up behind my ribs.”

-The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List was one of my Book of the Month picks for April. I joined their book club service with a few other mods in Monthly Book Club and we all selected this and buddy read it together! I was a little hesitant about this one, hence why I did not select it for my actual BOTM box. the blurb didn’t seem to excite me but it was getting a lot of buzz on social media and people seemed to be excited for it, so why not? I’m always so hesitant about mystery books because it takes a lot to surprise me.

The Guest List rotates through several point-of-views as a group prepares for a wedding on a very remote, old island. We are introduced to Aoife (the wedding planner who lives on the island), Jules (the bride), Will (the groom), Johnno (the best man), Olivia (Jule’s half-sister), and Hannah (a plus-one). There are other minor characters introduced such as the groomsman, family members and the like. It can all be a little overwhelming at first but I quickly settled into who was who. The different POV chapters are not lengthy so you never leave one person behind for too long. Of course, things are not as they seem with the island AND the rotating cast of characters. The island has some spooky history to it and our characters all seem to be harboring a secret. The Guest List starts out with punch, the wedding is full swing in the midst of a storm battering the island and the lights go out. Upon return we learn that someone has discovered a body outside. Who is it? What happened? Who would have their wedding on a creepy, remote island? All things to find out!

I did have a good time reading this book! The POV changes I think sped the book along and it kept my attention the whole time. By page 35ish I had a speculation as to what may end up happening but, I was wrong! I suppose it wouldn’t make for a good book if I was correct right of the bat but I would be lying if I told you I was not a little disappointed that my idea did not come to fruition in some fashion. I was slightly disappointed in the true ending of the book. It seemed a little lackluster for what was being built up but it wasn’t awful. I’m a big stickler on endings, I think they are extremely important! It’s hard to say much about this book without giving spoilers, so obviously: I won’t get into the meat of my likes or dislikes. I will say I liked the secret reveals throughout the book and I think Johnno was dealt a bad hand in life but is a creep. Another plus, I learned how to pronounce Aiofe (Ee-fa) thanks to Google!

This is a pretty fast read and one that I would recommend if you’re looking for something fun to read. Fun being drama and secret-revealing books, that is!

Review by Kelly

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