The Guest List - Lucy Foley

The Guest List

By Lucy Foley

  • Release Date: 2020-02-20
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 889 Ratings


The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller

*Waterstones Thriller of the Month*
*A Reese's Book Club pick for 2020*
*The Times Best Crime Fiction of the Year pick*
*Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award*

A gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

‘Lucy Foley is really very clever’ Anthony Horowitz
‘Thrilling’ The Times
‘A classic whodunnit’ Kate Mosse
‘Sharp and atmospheric and addictive’ Louise Candlish
‘A furiously twisty thriller’ Clare Mackintosh

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
Old friends.
Past grudges.
Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.
Thirteen guests.
One body.
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 . . .


‘Both a classic whodunnit and a very contemporary psychological thriller that left me guessing right to the end – a wonderful read’ Kate Mosse

‘Great fun. Lucy Foley is really very clever’ Anthony Horowitz

‘A very modern Agatha Christie for the new roaring 20s . . . secrets and lies at every turn’ Sarah Pinborough

‘Evoking the great Agatha Christie classics “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” . . . Foley builds her suspense slowly and creepily’ New York Times

‘Terrific’ Stylist

‘Whip smart page-turner with skilful characterisation . . . a compelling read’ Jane Shemilt

‘Foley’s second take on the “closed room” murder mystery confirms her status as this generation’s Agatha Christie’ Sunday Express

‘Sharp and atmospheric and addictive – I tore through it!’ Louise Candlish

‘Thoroughly addictive’ Sarah Hughes, I paper

‘I didn’t think Lucy Foley could top The Hunting Party, but she did! I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness l get from curling up with a classic Christie’ Alex Michaelides

‘Nail-biting . . . A fabulous closed room thriller. Lucy Foley is the Agatha Christie for our times’ Kate Hamer

‘It grabs you from the off and keeps you guessing until the very end. A genuine treat of a read’ Heat

‘This is a stunningly brilliant book: writing to die for, compelling characters, and a plot driven by a deep-seated sense of unease. I savoured every secret, every twist and turn’ Dinah Jefferies

I loved The Guest List and gobbled it up in a few sittings . . . A cracking story brilliantly told’ Ryan Tubridy

‘Compelling, entertaining and highly enjoyable, Lucy knocks this one out of the park’ Liz Nugent


  • not bad

    By Hanita gn
    despite it wasn't the puzzle but I enjoyed it, actually I could guess part of the story that the author plans to be guessable and I totally enjoyed the whole story.
  • Cliched

    By Peter.n
    Clunky writing
  • The Guest List

    By BabsZermatt
    A clever construct Clumsily put together Not pleasant to read Nor skilfully written Perhaps better as TV series ?
  • Great ending and characters but suffers from a few minor problems

    By OnlyUlti
    Overall, this is a gripping story with interesting characters. Dark and taboo themes are handled eloquently in the author’s writing. However, there are a few grammatical errors as well as some pacing issues that can put a lot of readers off. There was plenty a time I almost stopped reading because of the back and forth. Despite this, the ending is satisfying with several unexpected twists and turns.
  • Was okay

    By ab bookie
    It has taken me several weeks to finish this book because the slow build up actually enraged me. But the ending was good
  • A fantastic whodunnit in the vain of Agatha Christie

    By kccks
    Pros - This book is a great whodunnit like Christie this book is so unpredictable and has great storytelling in the form of the guests different perspectives. Also I think all the characters have depth all are interesting and none of them feel like throwaway characters all have their own stories and motives Cons - The only con is I think the first half is really slow I think it would benefited more by revealing some secrets a bit earlier on because I was really bored with it up unitl about the halfway mark but everything after that and the amazing ending mostly makes up for the slow beginning
  • Guest list

    By Andrea Longhair
    Thrilling, gripping story. Scene nicely written. Some of the turns are a bit predictable, but in all it is a very good thriller. I read the 2nd half in one go.
  • Who cares whodunit?

    By Sarah_Antonia
    There are some characters I couldn’t like. The characters all sounded too similar to be believable as independent characters, in their use of language, descriptions and slow delivery. There are far too many coincidences. I did not really care who did what but the time we finally got there.
  • Good but could have been better

    By Bird-from-hell
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book, a murder mysterious has never appealed to me but with a 21st century spin on things it was a little more relatable. My only gripe was that there were too many 2-D characters and it was hard to care about them, with them narrating the story I hoped to get into their heads but their motives became far fetched and convenient as the story unfolded.
  • Fantastic book!

    By 67snips
    Loved this book, chose it as something different to my normal type of read, thought the characters, plots and structure of the story were excellent.