A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

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?

The Guest List

Another excellent book from Lucy Foley. Similar format to The Hunting Party. Lots of horrible guests at a remote location – this time though for a wedding. Old friends from a dreadful public school, a plus one and a couple of others who are on the fringe as far as the posh boys are concerned. A body, but you don’t know who it is and a killer still to be caught. I would have given it five stars only it did ramble slightly in the middle. But the last quarter really speeded up, the suspense galloping along like a horse on crack to finish with more twists than I could shake a stick at and a truly unexpected ending. Excellent character portrayals – you really hate the lot of them!

Many thanks to NetGalley for my ARC and to the Pigeonhole for giving me the opportunity to read along with my fellow Pigeons and the author.

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