Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Guest List

Book: The Guest List
Author: Lucy Foley

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?-Goodreads

Review: I feel like almost everyone I know is putting this book on their top 10 list for 2020 and is recommending it (hey, and it won a Goodreads award!). Maybe my expectations were too high. I certainly enjoyed it and it was very readable, it was just extremely predictable. Pinning seemingly every bad thing on one character was very unbelievable and had me rolling my eyes at the end. This really reminded me of a watered down version of Big Little Lies (something bad happens, timeline rewinds and leads up to the events). 

Overall, liked it but didn't blow me away.   

Grade: 3/5 

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