THE GUEST LIST BY LUCY FOLEY


PLOT SUMMARY:

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body ‧

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 favours, 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?


MY REVIEW:

I preferred the Hunting Party to this book. I found this started off strong, I was hooked from the beginning and I loved the setting and some of the characters but all in all, it fell a bit flat for me.

The main thing that resulted in me not giving this a high score was due to the fact that there were far too many coincidences in the book. It just felt unrealistic and ruined it for me to be honest. I'm all for thinking big and bringing in unexpected layers of complexity and links to tie everything together, but this went too far.

I also felt like the ending was super rushed. The book was building up to this big moment and then it was suddenly done.

However, as I said, the setting is great and Foley really makes us feel like we are there. She is a very descriptive writer and I think this is where her strength really lies. I also liked some of the characters, they had a lot of layers to them and they felt like real people who you would meet at a party or in some real life scenario. One aspect of some of the characters that I found interesting was that they very much lived in the past and relished on those memories from school days. I liked this because this is something that you see every day; people who can't move on from either the victories or the tragedies of the past and this can lead to define them as a result.

All in all, I felt like this was trying to be The Hunting Party and it worked in some ways, but didn't work in others.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Picturesque

Strong Start

Far fetched


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Nowhere on earth could possibly live up to those halcyon days. But that’s nostalgia for you, the tyranny of those memories of childhood that feel so golden, so perfect.”


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Olivia. She was definitely the most real for me and where I liked some of the other characters, I found her the least annoying haha!


OVERALL RATING:

7/10

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