The Guest List // Book Review

About The Book
A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party. The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
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My Rating

This book left me feeling a bit conflicted, because I am not sure if I truly disliked it, or if I am just being too critical. I know that this is one of those books that you either love or hate. However, maybe I am just not an isolated setting type of reader. However, no matter how I try to justify it, this book just did not do anything for me.

First, the characters in the book were simply unlikable. We follow five different points of views 4 being women and one man. They all seemed to possess certain unlikable qualities that made it challenging for me to root for any of them. It is not uncommon for a thriller to have morally ambiguous characters, but in this case, they veered more towards the annoying side than toward the intriguing one.

Honestly, I just could not bring myself to care enough about the characters for the mystery to be genuinely interesting. When the stakes are high in a thriller, you should be emotionally invested in the fates of the characters and sadly, that was missing for me.

“If you love someone, really, you don’t do anything to hurt them.”

Unfortunately, the plot did not do much to salvage my experience. It felt like it trudged along at a snail’s pace, and I found myself impatiently waiting for something essential to happen. The slow-moving narrative hindered my engagement with the story and made it difficult for me to stay invested.

Now, the ending delivers a shock, which is often a redeeming quality in a mystery novel. However, while it was surprising, I could not help but feel that it lacked the impact I hoped for. It was one of those endings that left me torn between hating it and appreciating the unexpected twist element.

Overall, the story had its moments, and the ending provided a jolt of surprise. However, the lack of likable characters, slow pacing, and writing left me unsure about my feelings towards the book. Even now, I am not entirely sure if I liked it. And I am still on the fence about whether I will explore Lucy Foley’s work in the future.

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7 months ago

I recently finished The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, and it was just okay. One of my friends told me The Guest List is better, but now I’m unsure if I would like it based on your review. I may still check it out, but if I end up not liking it as well, I’ll definitely pass on her other books.