Book Review— The Guest List
The perfect couple, the perfect wedding, and the perfect location. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently a whole lot of things. Out of all the scenarios that could possibly play out at a wedding, murder is the last thing one would hope for. ‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley takes an interesting turn in describing the events leading up to the murder at the wedding of a famous magazine editor and a TV personality. Swaying the reader from the past, to the present, back to the past with different chapters representing different characters’ thoughts, the author does a good job of making you quite clueless as to who the murderer was up until the last pages of the book. Well, at least for me, I had few guesses as to who the murderer was but they were all wrong.
At first, I found the book a little bit slow, probably due to my impatience to figure out the mystery behind the murder. However, halfway through, it started to pick up the pace and I must say the revelations were not close to what I was expecting at all. At some point, I thought I had successfully guessed who the murderer but oh boy! was I so wrong. So many things I didn’t see coming. So yes, this book got me in terms of surprise!
The character I felt so drawn to was the bridesmaid, Olivia. She was so young and obviously needed help with overcoming what she had gone through. However, it seemed her silent cries for help were so invisible especially to the bride, her sister, which made me wish I could give her a listening ear and a big great hug. The bride on the other hand felt like a high achiever who always worked hard to get whatever she wants despite any challenges. But unknown to other people who might seem to admire her, she had the imperfect aspect of her life, which includes daddy issues amongst other things, which hovers over her despite her attempts to put up a brave face all the time. Will, the groom felt just too good to be true to me, hence it was no surprise when his past was unfolded gradually. This is not to say there aren’t people with an almost perfect life, but there was just something about him from the start that makes you wonder, what are your skeletons bro??
I enjoyed reading this but there was a part in the ending I was not so comfortable with. In order not to put up any spoilers, I am resisting the urge to spill. 😉
I highly recommend it if you love mystery and suspense.
~ “Marriage is about finding that person you know best in the world. Not how they take their coffee or what their favorite film is or the name of their first cat. It’s knowing on a deeper level. It’s knowing their soul” — Lucy Foley, The Guest List ~
Originally published at http://willinglyreticent.wordpress.com on January 8, 2022.