The Guest List has been one of my favorite books for 2020. The premise is simply, like the book cover say, to die for!
This is one of those books I picked up on a hunch. Having read the blurb, I was drawn in. So enticing and engrossing was this book that I had to finish it overnight. I simply HAD to know the ending.
So what’s the story?
It’s about a wedding, off the coast Ireland. Jules and Will are about to get married. Their friends are invited. The cake has been decorated impecably. Everyone is dress in their finest. The setting is ideal. Nothing could be more than perfect was the wedding of the year.
We have the bride and the groom. The best man and the wedding planner. The plus one and the bridesmaid.
But, before the fun really begins on the night of the wedding, someone is found dead.
The storm is also closing in. There’s no way out from the venue. Communications are cut. Questions start to arise. Who killed the body?
Tensions flare. Old secrets start to pour out. Animosity begins to develop. The blame game begins. Fingers are pointed towards each other.
Who is the killer? Why did they kill the body?
What’s really going on?
I mean, the above premise couldn’t have been more exciting than what it is now. The book is a huge whodunnit thriller that literally kept me awake late into the night. We have multiple narratives from the various characters, and their backstories are engaging enough to help us understand them deeper.
Foley is able to handle multiples characters narration really well. We don’t lose track, we find their stories easy to follow, and we don’t get bogged down with details. This book just hits you straight with a suspenseful story.
The setting of the wedding is itself a huge part of the story. We feel the storm closing in, creating a very claustrophobic atmosphere. We can feel the rain and the wind bashing the venue. We also feel the thunder being raged within each of the guests too.
The book is also a psychological thriller. We get into the mindsets of all the characters. We understand their motives, their passions, their desires, and whether they have it in them to actually kill someone.
Foley understands well how to write about people, and what they are thinking. This had to be the best part of the book for me: the characters. They are all memorable characters and so well defined that they felt like real people that you and I may know in our real life.
At the end of the day, The Guest List is that perfect crime/ suspense/ thriller book that I needed to read to keep me excited and engrossed! This book is what we call a page-turner!
Absolutely loved it!