The Guest List by Lucy Foley – Blog Tour

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Thanks to Ann Cater of Random Things Tours for organising this blog tour and to Lucy Foley, Harper Collins and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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Guests are called to a remote island off the Irish coast to celebrate the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules and Will. Everything has been meticulously planned, the scene is set, old friends are back together. It should be the perfect day.

Until the discovery of a body signals the perfect murder.

A groom with a secret. A bridesmaid with a grudge. A plus one with motive. A best man with a past. It could be any, it could be all . . . But one guest won’t make it out alive.

My Thoughts

And then the lights go out!

Six intense words that will plunge the reader into darkness and lead you to a climax that fits perfectly with the crashing waves and raging storm.

This is my first Lucy Foley novel (although The Hunting Party has just moved right up my TBR pile) and it certainly will not be my last.

It’s Jules and Will’s wedding day and their beautiful venue on a remote Irish island is all set for the big day.  But past secrets are about to resurface and haunt some guests and will change their lives forever.  The novel begins with the revelation that there is a dead body – rewind to the previous days and the introduction of the wedding party and guests arriving for the ‘wedding of the year’.  Who has been murdered?  Who was the murderer?  What was their motive?  All will be revealed.

The Guest List is a cross between a psychological thriller and a locked room mystery.  You spend the whole novel knowing something big is coming but being unsure of what it is.  Using short chapters and a variety of view points to tell the days leading up to the wedding, and some flashbacks is a genius device to keep the plot moving at an intense and compelling pace.  It’s a fairly quick read and I devoured it from the first pages until the very end.

The characters themselves are all varied and intriguing but not always likable. Written with real flaws, feelings and vulnerabilities some take more effort to like than others, and some I didn’t like at all.  This made guessing along and predicting much harder than usual.  What I found really clever was how despite disliking a character, most managed to raise a huge amount of empathy from me as I was reading.

The setting was perfection – remote, full of mystery and local legends all just added to the intensity of the story telling.

A fantastic and compulsive thriller with an air of a locked room mystery.

  Author Bio – Lucy Foley

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Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination. Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.


  1. A locked room mystery where the island is the locked room? Count me in (or rather out!)
    I loved this book and really enjoyed how you built the suspense without giving anything anyway 😀

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