About The Book
On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.
All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Guest List was a book that once I started I struggled to put down. Because the chapters are very short and each one features a different character I was always encouraged to read a little longer.
The multiple narrators include the bride, bridesmaid, plus- one, wedding planner, best man and groom. A couple of these I had sympathy for immediately, a few others I had to get to know more and a few I didn’t like at all. I can’t name any, for much of this novel you don’t know who the victim or the killer is. All I can say is it was a bit of a surprise for both.
There are also the characters who you don’t get to know that well but learn enough just from their brief appearances. There were a few times when I felt outrage at the behaviour of the ushers and other guests.
There is almost a Christie feel to this novel. The way that all that events from the past are revealed, and how those connected feel about it. The bleak setting, with the ancient burial site, peat bogs and the threat from the sea. The feeling that Aiofe, the wedding planner, has that she would always be an outsider and never fully accepted by the locals.
I read most of this novel in one day, hooked on the storyline and wondering who would die. When it was revealed I had to cover the page so I wouldn’t accidentally see who it was. And the way the killer was revealed was wonderful, various accounts of lights failing had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
This is a novel that will hook many, a brilliant read that is perfect for a day when bad weather stops you from leaving the house.