One Dead at Star-Studded Wedding on Remote Irish Island
A Book Review of Lucy Foley's The Guest List
Synopsis of The Guest List
Jules publishes The Download. Her fiancé Will stars in the hit reality show Survive the Night. They're the perfect power couple. Only a destination wedding will do. They choose a secluded Irish island.
The wedding party arrives a day before the wedding. They're spending the evening together for dinner and drinks. Nothing is well.
Six members of the wedding party have a motive to kill another. And one will die.
Get to know each point-of-view (POV) character. Learn their history. Discover their motives. Figure out who murders and why.
My Opinion of The Guest List
The Guest List's plot is fantastic. Like the onion, we peel off one motive at a time. This book is all about getting to know each POV character and their motive to kill.
I enjoyed the game thoroughly. Foley does a great job giving us just enough. One bite at a time.
Then as we reach the end, we learn who's dead and who the killer is. Superbly done.
Like an onion, the plot thickens as we learn more and more about the character's past.
The Guest List’s Main Characters
Colorful characters fill The Guest List. Each with a well-detailed backstory highlighting their motive to murder or be murdered.
Will, the groom, is the star of the hit show Survive the Night. He's dashing and charming - he commands the room.
Jules, the bridezilla, has achieved great success as The Download publisher. She wants everyone to know she has a perfect life.
Johnno, the best man, is Will's lifelong friend. They first met in boarding school, although Johnno was there on a scholarship. He and Will did many things that they should be ashamed of.
Olivia, the bride's sister, and bridesmaid is a troubled twenty-something with many demons in her closet. Pushed around by everyone, she feels like a doormat and is fed up with life.
Aiofe is the wedding planner. A handsome older lady whose always aware and in control.
Hannah, the plus-one, doesn't really know or like anyone at the wedding. She came as a makeshift vacation away from her kids. She's married to Charlie, the bride's male best friend.
The character development in The Guest List is amazing. Each
of our cast is made in the image of an actual human. We get into the souls of each of them.
The groom and the groomsmen know each from an all-male boarding school, where rough and tumble play was the norm. They are all frat boys at heart.
The women are down-to-earth and caring individuals. Trying to make sense of the world and stay away from the drunken buffoons.
The Setting of The Guest List
The remote Irish island contains a small residence sitting in the middle of a bog. You can sink in the bog, so don't stray from the path, which is easy because there are no electric lights outside the residence.
We first meet the island through the eyes of Charlie and Hannah. They are traveling from the mainland in a small boat. The waves come over the sides and soak the couple. Hannah throws up.
The bog is more dangerous than the ghosts and ghouls. The wedding party is advised not to wander. With its private cemetery and whispering caves, the location alone is enough to give you the chills.
The island once contained a small population. However, all the island's residents have deserted the island. They claim it's haunted.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for The Guest List
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