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Review: The Guest List

The Guest List

The Guest List
By Lucy Foley
William Morrow, 9780062868930, June 2020, 320pp.

The Short of It:

The cast of characters have arrived for a wedding on a remote island. What should be a celebratory event turns out to be a deadly affair.

The Rest of It:

Will and Jules are two, beautiful people. Happily successful in everything they do, they are the “it” couple and an invite to their wedding is not something the average person would ignore. Made up of old school chums, fellow colleagues and of course, the families of the bride and groom, the guest list is quite the to-do.

But Will and Jules are rather self-possessed and annoying. Jules has one bridesmaid, her younger sister who shows up to the wedding a bit of a mess. Will’s groomsmen are all extremely immature and juvenile but clearly there is some unfinished business between some of these characters and a big secret which could ruin the entire wedding.

I do enjoy a good story where the characters find themselves isolated with nowhere to hide. That sense of forced confinement really adds to the suspense and that is absolutely the case here. I didn’t see the big reveal coming until it was right in front of me. It was a good and proper ending for this story.

The setup is very similar to Foley’s earlier book, The Hunting Party. In that book, they arrive for a New Year’s Eve party, held at a fancy hunting lodge. The players in that book, share some similarity with those in The Guest List. That story takes place on secluded grounds, as does The Guest List. I feel that The Guest List possessed a bit more oomph in the area of suspense though and its reveal packed a more powerful punch. I was definitely more interested in these characters than the ones in The Hunting Party.

If this is a formula that Foley uses to write her books, then it’s a good one because both books are pretty entertaining and have done pretty well for themselves. Out of the two books, I’d recommend The Guest List for its setting.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: Dead To Her

Dead to Her

Dead To Her
By Sarah Pinborough
William Morrow, 9780062856821, February 2020, 400pp.

The Short of It:

This story was a breath of fresh air. A little racy, a mystery to solve and all surrounded by the antics of the rich.

The Rest of It:

Marcie’s marriage to Jason Maddox has her living in a big house, attending big gala type events, mixing at the club, and finds herself constantly comparing herself to the rich around her. Will she ever fit in? You see, Marcie has a past. Some of which Jason is aware of but the one thing she has kept hidden for a very long time, comes to the surface and threatens the lifestyle that she has come to embrace.

To further complicate things, Jason’s partner, William, brings home a new wife. Keisha is young, vibrant and not what William’s friends are used to. His first wife, Eleanor was much-loved and Keisha cannot compare. William’s constant demands for Keisha to become something she isn’t pushes her towards Marcie, her only friend. The two have more in common than they know.

I’ve not read Pinborough before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first, it seemed very glitzy and glam for me. A bit too superficial but then the story picked up and I got into the characters and what was going on. There’s even a little bit of black magic tossed in to spice things up.

I found the story to be very entertaining and not as predictable as I expected it to be. I’d read this author again.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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