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The Guest List

Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Old friends.

Past grudges. Happy families.Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests.One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.One guest won’t leave this wedding alive....

©2020 Lucy Foley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Now that’s a REAL murder

I like it. Well written the island especially vivid. It’s maybe a bit far fetched but it was a rollicking Murder.

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  • Podenco Fan
  • 08-03-2020

What a Huge Let Down after The Hunting Party

I adored "The Hunting Party" and when I saw this promising thriller coming up I preordered it with on the spot and was so looking forward to it - but what a huge letdown.

I liked the structure, telling the story from The Bride, The Groom, The Bridesmaid, The Plus One etc. and the narration was good.

I liked the "10 Little" by Agatha Christie-style format, which "The Hunting Party" also had a feel of and the remote Irish Island was a great setting though hard to believe on a small island that a fortress would be re-purposed as a folly!

But that sadly is only the beginning of the improbabilities which come thick and fast and the whole book just dd not seem to have the effortless flow or brooding atmosphere of the previous "Hunting Party". For starters it is an unlikely venue for a celeb wedding - plus by the sound of these attention seekers, they would have been hoping to sell the pics to the likes of Hello magazine and get all the exposure they could which would be tough on a remote, weather battered island surrounded by choppy seas.

In Chistie's "10 Little" whodunnit and the current seeming glut of new thrillers paying homage to it, there has to be some sort of device to get the guests to their destination ... but really what on earth would be the chances of a glam couple like this not finding a more practical and desirable wedding venue than this one - even if they were being paid to hold it there.

Then as the story unfolds the backstories become so contrived as to be ridiculous - especially bearing in mind that Ireland is the kind of place where it is more one degree rather than six of separation and everyone basically knows who everyone is and secrets are hard to keep.

I did like some of the twists and perhaps if the events that predated the wedding had happened in another continent it might have been more plausible - but people talk and no more so than in Ireland so hard to believe that a secret so big would have not been common knowledge.

Beyond everyone surely knowing everything about everyone, the story just did not keep me hooked and I lost interest and abandoned audiobook long before the "Boats at Midnight" were due ... speaking of which as IF you could get Irish wedding guests to leave at such a ridiculously early hour, sure the party would be just getting going then, murder or no murder!

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  • Miss A.
  • 02-03-2020

Yes a mystery but...

Every character was dull, no one to like, no ones side to be on. No humour, all voices flat and no intonation. Listened all the way through hoping it would engage me. Didn't happen.

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  • mark
  • 01-03-2020

surprised I got to the end of this

first start with the positives I like the way the book was put together jumping from one person's perspective to the other.

I really felt this book very tedious the male characters were just so two-dimensional and boring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2020

Well read enjoyable listen

Like the hunting party these books aren’t going to win the booker prize. You have to go into it expecting fairly one dimensional cliche characters and that’s the fun of it! They’re just a bit of guilty pleasure listen. It’s brilliantly narrated and having a different narrater for every character really adds to the story. I also found this to be a much more satisfying ending than the end of the hunting party. Can’t wait for the next one

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  • Derek Bambrick
  • 06-03-2020

Thank you Lucy Foley A great book

Thank you for another great audible
I love your books and thought I had guessed the murderer
Thank from Ireland
It has to be on InishBoffin

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  • Gemma Kiely
  • 04-03-2020

Bloody brilliant

Loved it, I was gripped from the beginning. The narrators were very good and the story was gripping till the end.

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  • DCMoore
  • 04-03-2020

Preferred the hunting party

OK listening but not as good as the hunting party, was waiting for the book to start at times

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  • CM
  • 03-04-2020

Wow the Wedding from Hell!

Because of other reviews I was not sure I would enjoy this book. I took a chance because I enjoyed the hunting party so much. I’m glad I did , yes the people in the wedding party are for the most part not very likeable but that just adds to the tension the author creates on this lonely Island. A great “who done it “ told from different characters perspectives. It also goes back and forward in time. The narrators were excellent . I will think twice now about any wedding invitations to lonely uninhabited Islands !!

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  • Cybercat
  • 02-04-2020

Boring

I managed to somehow get through to the end. I found most of the book tedious. Too many long boring stories which were only of fleeting interest. It did come good in the end though. I couldn't put down the last few chapters.

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  • Stephi1907
  • 23-03-2020

Great Story!

I simply loved it. Its hard to say anything without giving too much away, but it was a good listen with twists and turns, great characters and and interesting ending. Great performance as well which made it easy to follow the characters along (which sometimes can be a bit difficult when there's that many). Really sad its over