AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Format: Audio
Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Suspense
Narrators: Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens Rich Keeble

Publisher: Harper Audio        
10 hours 22 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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?


I loved this book.  It grabbed me from moment one and I was off on a journey I couldn't stop listening to.  There were some jaw dropping moments when I made connections but I don't think I ever would have guessed the ending. This is a mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunnit sense.  

So many secrets, so many broken people all brought together for what is supposed to be a happy time. What is happier than a wedding.  Especially one on a small out of the way island with a dashing groom and a beautiful successful bride.  

Each chapter is told by a different persons point of view.  Some in the past, some in the present finally culminating to the night of the wedding.  As the groomsmen all go looking for what the maid saw, we have no idea who has been hurt or murdered.  There are several possibilities.  Each characters story is laid bare and we get to know what motivates them, who they are and what made them who they are today.  

The narrators were fantastic and I'm so glad that there was a different one for each person.  It really set each story apart.  I have never read anything else by Lucy Foley but I am going to be seeking out some of her other books for sure.  

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