Title: The Guest List
Author: Lucy Foley
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Recommended for Fans of: Agatha Christie, whodunnit mysteries
Set on a remote island off the Irish coast, this is one guest list no one would want to be on, just as no one would have wanted an invitation to the New Year’s Eve party in Foley’s previous novel, The Hunting Party . Lives unravel amid the revelry on an eerie and remote island as family and friends assemble for a glam wedding in an updated Murder on the Orient Express. Each of the principal characters has a reason to want one of their number dead, there are old secrets, and one of them is murdered.
This was a solid, slow burning whodunnit mystery. We know that someone was murdered, and someone is a murderer, but those identities are not revealed until the end, which me kept me on my toes guessing throughout the book. Foley creates such a wild and mysterious atmosphere on this secluded island. I read this book in three sittings, and I thought the last third was the most twisty and compelling.
This story is multiple POV, but they are all first person, which made it a little tricky to keep track of the narrator for each chapter. I’ve heard amazing things about this audiobook with a full cast, and that might be the best way to go with this book.
I enjoyed the reveals about each character’s past, secrets, and relationships with each other, but I wish the plot had picked up the pace a little sooner; the first two thirds of the book were mostly build up. I did not correctly guess the killer and was shocked by the ending. I did think some of the connections between characters that were revealed were a little too convenient and unbelievable, but overall this was a very satisfying mystery that read like a modern Agatha Christie.