A review by leahsbooks
The Guest List, by Lucy Foley

dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I enjoyed this book as an audiobook, which was performed with multiple narrators to match the multiple POVs. I think reading it as an audiobook made it easier to follow. 

The pace was fairly slow, bouncing between the night of the wedding (when a body is found), and the events leading up to that night, as all of the characters arrive on the island. The conditions are treacherous, a storm rolls in and strands them there, and everyone has secrets. The setting was very atmospheric, and although I've never been there, I could still feel as though I was there on the island.

Each of the characters had their flaws as well as their secrets. Although I was invested in the story and wanted to find out what exactly did happen (and what those secrets were), it felt like everything at the end was too coincidental. Overall, I did enjoy the book, and plan to check out more of Lucy Foley's writing.

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