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The Guest List

Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The number one Sunday Times best seller. 

Waterstone's Thriller of the Month

The June 2020 Reese's Book Club pick.

The Times Best Crime Fiction of the Year pick

Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger award

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

Critic Reviews

"Both a classic whodunnit and a very contemporary psychological thriller that left me guessing right to the end – a wonderful read." (Kate Mosse) 

"Great fun. Lucy Foley is really very clever." (Anthony Horowitz)  

"A very modern Agatha Christie for the new roaring 20s...secrets and lies at every turn." (Sarah Pinborough) 

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Great story, great presentation

I really liked the storytelling in this book. And the actors that voiced the characters were very appropriate, many of them sounded a little bit creepy which I think added to the atmosphere of the story. Some of the storyline, although realistic, was a bit disturbing. A major theme was bullying so be prepared for that if you have any history of it.

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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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disgusting language very hard to follow

disgusting language jumped about too much definitely would not recommend. how did this book get printed

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Great story

loved it so much I could not stop listening, the narration was outstanding, would recommend

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thoroughly enjoyed

Really liked the story and all the characters. an awesome who doneit. Did seem a little predictable around who was responsible but still fantastic all around

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count stop listening

had me guessing who was the murderer the entire time, had to keep listening as I had to know the conclusion.

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Over rated ending

Superb build up and introducing all of the characters with their different back stories. I think this book is better as an audiobook because of the brilliant use of voices. However the ending is unrealistic and feels quite rush compared to the slow build of the rest of the book

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Riveting

This book kept me glued to my headphones. The way the characters were tied to one central character was very clever, and I didn’t see the ending coming. Five stars

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So good... until the end.

This book kept me listening to hear more. A couple of good twists, some I saw coming, some I didn't... Unfortunately it was a bit of an anti-climax and I felt like it just ended. A lot of people have said they the characters are un-likeable... They totally are, but I think that's the point!

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Voice acting made the experience

Great choice having multiple voice actors, really made the story come alive and gave the characters their own distinctive voices. Interesting take on a classic murder mystery that was familiar but still managed to surprise me. The pace and jumps between past and present kept me intrigued. Overall, a really enjoyable listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2020

Love love LOVE

This is one where the audiobook is essential! Loved the different voices, the different secrets and the crazy twists! Wow!

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-2020

Better than The Hunting

Definitely recommend!! I was nearly put off by the comments, so happy I wasn't

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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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  • Ms Danielle L Arch
  • 09-08-2020

Brilliant

lots of twists and turns. really enjoyed the different perspectives. would highly recommend. Good performance too.

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  • Diane Taska
  • 30-05-2020

Awful read!

Language not great! Storyline shallow! Was recommended by a friend - really disappointed! Really Awful book!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-2020

Fantastic book

this book had me on tender hooks. Wonderful plot, great pace and fabulously told. Definitely recommend.

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  • Lou Gostling
  • 14-03-2020

Same formula as the last book

The performances are really excellent and at first the story seemed good. As I progressed through the book I began to realise that it was virtually the same formula storyline as the last book from this author with a few genders changed around. Disappointing.

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