The Guest List – Releasing June 2, 2020
“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? ” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This was my very first Book of the Month, and an early release, which was really exciting. I recently picked up another thriller (The Sun Down Motel) and was in the mood for another thriller. I also am going to make sure if I keep doing BOTM I am going to commit to reading them before the next month, or I’ll get a stash that’s overwhelming, which is what happened when I did Owlcrate.
This story is told in many alternating perspectives: the bridge, the groom, the bridesmaid (bride’s little sister), the best man, the wedding planner, and the “plus one” (the wife of the bride’s best male friend). While that could get overwhelming for some, I loved it. It also switches from earlier in the wedding weekend to the wedding night to “current”, which is some of the bridal party looking for someone. Throughout the entirety of the story you don’t know what happened, or who it happened to, just that something happened and there’s a lot of blood (per a waitress’ statement).
This is a bit of a slow build, but very focused on character development. With so many perspectives, it is really impressive that the author was able to make me care about each one, really feeling as though I understood their back story.
I honestly did not see any of the twists coming that all happened at the end of the story. So good!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
After so much backstory and build, I would have liked a little more at the end to know how things worked out for the various characters. Even an epilogue would have sufficed. 4.5 stars for me!