The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller
*One of The Times and Sunday Times Crime Books of the Year*
*Goodreads Choice Awards winner for Crime & Mystery 2020*
*Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year*
*A Reese's Book Club pick for 2020*
*Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award*
‘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
‘Secrets and lies at every turn’ Sarah Pinborough
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 . . .
‘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
‘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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If, like us, you were a fan of Lucy Foley’s first whodunnit, The Hunting Party—a keep-you-guessing tale of murder at a New Year’s Eve party—you’re bound to love this. This time, it’s a glitzy wedding on a remote Irish island that provides the scene for an unexplained death. Foley uses multiple characters’ viewpoints to spin a clever mystery, which gets more and more intriguing as the drinks flow, secrets are spilled and the narrators become increasingly unreliable. In a story that examines entitlement and bullying, plenty of the twists arrive via short, sharp chapters—you’ll find yourself staying up all night to reach the end.
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Had Me Hooked
Set on a remote Irish island a great setting for a murder mystery . Although the murder is not committed until the final chapters it builds and sets the scene for the finale . A great story with any number of who’s going to get killed and who did it characters. Highly recommended .
British. Now mid-thirties. English lit at Durham then UCL. Fiction editor until publication of The Book of Lost and Found (2015). This is her fifth novel.
Thirty-something gal who runs a successful online lifestyle magazine weds hunky blond reality TV star (think Bear Grylls meets Naked and Afraid except he's not naked, although thousands of women wish he were) on a remote, windswept, fictional island named Inis an Amplóra, or Cormorant Island, which is off the coast of Connemara. It's an amalgam of real Connemara islands apparently. Aoife, a wedding planner, and hubby Freddie, a chef, are the only permanent residents of the old castle/monastery/whatever, which they're seeking to establish as a function venue, or possibly not. Much of the rest of the island is a peat bog containing numerous well preserved corpses that suffered a grizzly fate back in the day. Which day, no one knows exactly, but not recent. Parental advisory: there may be ghosts. Guests at the wedding include the groom's "boys will be boys" old mates from the English public school he attended and of which his old man (also a wedding guest) is still headmaster; the bride's one time bestie (male), now a schoolteacher; bestie's spouse, a one time party girl turned full time mother, who has always been "suss" about hubby's relationship with bride-to-be; flighty mother-of-the-bride; her 19 year-old daughter by a second marriage which makes her half sister of bride-to-be and the sole bridesmaid (did I mention she's a cutter?); and father-of-the-bride and his fifth and latest wife. Supporting cast includes sundry also-rans, some very windy weather, the aforementioned bog, and numerous grudges. Suspects abound after someone gets stabbed to death the evening of the wedding while the reception is in progress.
Multiple alternating first person (bride, groom, best man, bridesmaid, wedding planner, possibly others) plus a third person omniscient overview when none of those will do.
All the main players have good points and bad points, but there's not a lot of nuance about them.
Crisp, clear, well paced, although teeters on the brink of chick lit at times. Builds tension to a certain extent. Twists and turns felt a tad cliched as the nature and extent of the ill feeling between the various characters is progressively revealed.
Amid a sea of mediocre to okay mystery novels, here's another one.