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The Guest List: From the author of The Hunting Party, the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and prize winning mystery thriller

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During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago.

The Guest List received a starred review from Library Journal, [4] as well as positive reviews from Booklist, [5] The New York Times Book Review, [1] Good Housekeeping, [6] Marie Claire, [7] The Washington Post, [8] Buzzfeed, [9] Harper's Bazaar, [10] Shelf Awareness, [10] and PopSugar. Let me break down the repetition, ad-nausea (see what I did there- just like The Guest List by Lucy Foley is the repetition of repetition). The whole Survival Game from boarding school and Loner… anyone actually going to do anything about that?The chapters were clearly labeled for each POV and if you didn't get it, she even had a description- wedding planner, etc. In fact, this makes a lot of sense because of the flashback scene when she is having tea with Olivia after the abortion and says she’d kill the boyfriend she thought was the father. I don’t think the sex scenes are detailed as you make them out to be, they are usually only 3 or 4 sentences long.

There is a constant feeling of anticipation and foreboding, as if something bad is going to happen, but nothing actually does. Mind you, I can say this about every person in this book except the teenager, who is the only character I liked, empathized … wait let me stop. The Guest List received generally positive reviews, including a starred review from Library Journal. I’m sure coming off two very uplifting, lighthearted reads affected my overall feelings about this book, which was so moody and depressing by comparison, so I’ll blame the timing for some of this. What should we do if people start encroaching our personal space or behaves in a way unacceptable to us?Finally, I think that the author put one too many layers of reveal at the end- one too many people had a connection to the murdered character than was believable. Book club questions for The Guest List by Lucy Foley will take a deep dive into this murder mystery. As a voracious reader, I’ve never felt bound to any one genre of publishing, though crime fiction certainly has primacy in my heart. However, once the exposition was done and we were into the actual movements of the plot, I thought it got better. But here is the first problem: not only do we not know the murderer, we don't know who the victim is either.

There's something immensely appealing about a small group of people being stuck together with no escape while knowing that a murderer is among them.

The story mainly takes place the day before the wedding and then it flash forwards we see what happened the night of the wedding - when someone is murdered. And that behavior, those insecurities, will run off a man really fast, both in reality and in The Guest List by Lucy Foley . Take a stand but stop pissing in your own milk and complaining about the taste of it (ok I stole that line from M. Jane Murphy in a review for Booklist argued that the dark tension detracts from the novel in places but commented that the tone and plot will be enjoyed by fans of the genre. Too many points of view made the story a tad choppy like driving with one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas.

Now residing with his wife and 7-year-old daughter (and 3 cats) in Central Florida, Ray spends his non-reading and performing time making 'magic' as an Entertainment Leader with the Disney Corporation at Walt Disney World.

Footnote (apparently Jay Kristoff has rubbed off on me) – I’ve never read Agatha Christie but her reputation proceeds her. She sizes up every woman she lays eyes on by what they look like (literally and instantaneously – they look like x so they must have x personality). I think comparing this book to Agatha Christie might be the greatest insult ever since, I don’t know, my Great Aunt (when I was in my 20s and had blonde hair) said I looked like Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy). This story is told from multiple perspectives over the course of the weekend, with the body and the killer only being revealed at the very end. Not to mention the numerous commentaries by all the other points of view on how they sound and how it makes them feel.

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