JSD Book Review: The Guest List

the guest list book review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

If you read and liked Something in the Water, The Other Woman, Then She Was Gone or are a fan of suspense stories, you’ll enjoy this book!

Jet Set Darlings Book Review:

If I’m being completely honest, I found this book a little unbelievable and predictable. Not to say I didn’t enjoy reading it, I read it in 48 hours [mostly motivated by our impending book club discussion] but I definitely wouldn’t have finished it if I truly knew what would happen or if I simply wasn’t interested. When you’ve read enough of these ‘suspense’ books, you start to look for signs and pick up clues here and there. Plus, I’m an overanalyzer by nature and books are no different. Most girls at book club did not feel it was predictable and enjoyed the book.

For me the ending seemed a bit far-fetched but then again, I realize this is a fictional story. I thought Foley did a good job of tying the main story line together at the end but I would have liked to hear more from some of the other characters on the open narratives. Overall though, I thought it was well written, easy and entertaining. Great for a book club setting but probably not for the hardcore mystery seekers.

Book Synopsis (from Amazon):

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome 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 boutique 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 executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. 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 toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


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