CHARACTERS ´ The Guest List


FREE DOWNLOAD ê HANNAHREDHEAD.CO.UK é Lucy Foley A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting PartyThe bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The bodyOn an island off the coast of Ireland guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one The groom handso. This book is a rule breaker for me because I hate two things throughout my readings 1 Too many POVS I got confused easily and I don’t like to go back to remember which character was the post man rang twice or which character had some irrelevant back story blablas unnecessary yadayadas2 Slow burning story telling I’m impatient person I like to go straight and cut to the chase So I don’t like stalling around facts I just like to dive in BUT this book is an exception I loved its slow building tension I loved the notorious immature childish boys club I’m talking about groom’s friends who are acting like wedding crashers and stayed in their teenage years I loved variety of interesting rich attention taker characterization And wonderful part is till the end of the book we are left in the dark and we have no idea who is death or the identity of perpetrator You have to focus so carefully when you read the chapters because any small detail turns out a big clue for you to solve the puzzle and not to get shocked when you face the surprising twisty revelations and the connections between the characters Yes I have to stop that but I have to admit at the end of the book my mouth was wide open my eyes popped out and I stayed like this position for one hour The neighborhood kids thought their dreams finally came true and I turned into a sculpture Even the crows thought I was not a human and they left some gifts to my head Yes I washed ten timesBut when I got rid of my first shock and started to move they screamed and cried in pain Yes the witch was back Let’s talk about the blurb a little bit Jules successful glamorous and too ambitious magazine publisher suffering from her anger management issues selfish focusing on perfection giving orders controlling the people the worst bridezilla marries with charming rising star of television cocky flirting Will at an island off the coast of Ireland in the middle of nowhere limited phone reception giving you nightmarish vibes with dark woods caves making you feel like somebody sneaking behind you Perfect place to low budget independent horror movie but not so preferable wedding place Bridezilla doesn’t care she knows the best Our other characters Helen plus 1 married with bride’s oldest and best male friend Charlie having doubts about their so intense and secluded relationship mother graphic designer at long maternity leave suffering from traumatic family drama having her own secrets befriending bridesmaid Olivia Yes Olivia is 19 years old bridesmaid half sister of bridezilla suffering from a big secret makes her lose weight cutting herself The secret is gnawing her She needs to talk someone before she gets hurt herself Could Helen be her confidante Best man Johnno seems confused what he’s doing about his life sharing a really big secret with Will from their high school times giving him nightmares and making him fell like chasing by the past time ghosts And he learns something crucial to change his life forever and gives him a motive to do something dangerous ' Let’s not forget Aoife wedding planner working her ass off to organize the entire ceremony achieving a complex and challenging job but she observes everyone looking agitated seems like waiting for the shoe drop Why is she so frustrated What is she worried about The lies secrets resentments and big revelations start to fall into her laps like bombs over and over again And during the ceremony lights go out screams pitch black lights come out somebody is deathna na na Welcome to the bridezilla zone Do you want to know who killed who Guess what I already told you so much you gotta read the rest of it I hate to admit I am not fan of Hunting Party That book disappointed me a lot But this one is surprisingly good I couldn’t’ decide if I gave 4 or 5 stars I decided 4 slow burn intriguing smart entertaining riveting stars OVERALL SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLEbloginstagramfacebooktwitter


CHARACTERS ´ The Guest List Û A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting PartyThe bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The bodyOn an island off the coast of Irelan 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 toastAnd then someone turns up dead Who didn’t wish the happy couple well And perhaps important why. 375 stars“I have raised hell”The Guest List a whodunnit about a glamorous wedding The guests are out for revenge leading them to “raise hell”The wedding of the year is about to take place on an exclusive island Bridezilla is about to marry a smarmy D list celebrity who has many skeletons in his closet The members of the Wedding Party hold the cards that could destroy their marriage and their lives The narrative alternates between many POV’s The Bride the Groom the Best Man The Plus One The Wedding Planner and The Bridesmaid While it seems a lot to keep up with the structure of the book makes it easy to keep track of who is who The timeline flips back and forth between the past two days before the wedding to the chaotic wedding in the present The reader is taunted throughout about what might have happened We know that something bad has happened from the start but we don’t know uite what or who might have been hurt Details are slowly revealed leading to a bloody and dramatic endingThe structure and style of this book are similar to The Hunting Party but the characters are likable well some of them are The setting was my favorite element The story takes place on a secluded remote island off the coast of Ireland The island rud to be haunted is dark and sinister It is just as dangerous as the people staying on it and the atmosphere adds an additional layer of menaceThis is fast paced and easy to read I figured out the murderer early on but I didn’t know who had been murdered or why There are a lot of red herrings thrown in to make one uestion their arm chair detective skills Some elements of the plot came together with a little too easily it just so happened that one person in attendance had a link to another in a way that was just way too convenient However this connection did add another potential candidate as the murdererOverall I enjoyed this for the entertainment value and for keeping me guessing I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Lucy Foley é 1 CHARACTERS

The Guest ListMe 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 favors the boutiue 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 executedBut perfection is for plans and people are all too human. Lucy Foley follows The Hunting Party with this even hugely entertaining atmospheric murder mystery a modern take on Agatha Christie set on the wild and isolated Cormorant Island off the west coast of Ireland The golden celebrity couple Julia 'Jules' Keegan publisher of a successful online magazine and the handsome Will Slater rising star of TV show Survival are getting married in style in front of their friends and family an exclusive event being organised by wedding planner Aoife and catered for by her husband Freddy However it immediately becomes clear on a dark wild and stormy wedding night of power cuts that something has gone desperately wrong and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time a distraught waitress speaks of seeing a body outside which has the ushers setting out into the night to find out what has happenedFoley provides the perspectives of a wide host of diverse characters with their fears secrets lies and silences amidst the drink and drug fuelled wedding celebrations over which hang an ominous air of upcoming disaster a feeling that is enhanced further by the island location with its haunted history its ghosts of the dead its treacherous terrain and the approaching storm Jules is worrying about a anonymous note that warns her not to marry Will her bridesmaid her sister Olivia is a fragile self harming wreck The best man Johnno is desperate not to lose touch with Will they have a shared past history that goes back to their school days Hannah is the plus one married to Charlie the MC and best friend of the bride they are a cash strapped couple determined to make the most of their first opportunity for a long time to be away from their children and their humdrum lives The ushers are a bunch of sneering entitled bullying and malicious ex public schoolboys who have never grown upFoley skilfully reveals the past history of the characters the grief the losses the simmering resentments and jealousies the guilt the secrets the lies a past that adds up to a bubbling cauldron full of motives to kill and a present where the chickens of the past have finally come home to roost Foley excels in writing a riveting murder mystery with the vibrant creation and development of larger than life characters attending a strife ridden wedding in a location that is just perfect for the darkest of deeds to take place A fabulous crime read that I recommend highly Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC