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The Guest List: A Novel

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Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble, Aoife Mcmahon, Olivia Dowd

10 Hours 22 Minutes

HarperAudio

June 2020

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A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

“I loved this book. It gave me the same waves of happiness I get from curling up with a classic Christie...The alternating points of view keep you guessing, and guessing wrong.” — Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

'Evok[es] the great Agatha Christie classics…Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters’ pasts. They are all clues.” -- New York Times Book Review

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

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  • Nicole Dunton

    About: A celebrity wedding on a remote island in Ireland. Everybody wants to be there. Or do they? Things start out normally. Everybody is preparing for the wedding. Everybody is happy and getting along. Everything is perfect. Until the secrets start coming to the surface. Plot: This book was really intense! It was told from multiple points of view in the past and present times. I felt like it kind of read like Big Little Lies did. I found out that it's also a Reece Witherspoon Book Club read! It was definitely full of a lot of unexpected surprises. My advice is to pay attention to the small backstories that don't seem to really make sense. Characters: I really related to Olivia the most. Hannah too. They were very introverted people trying to fit in with an extroverted group of people. Will seems to be a decent groom. He has a bit of a playboy image but appears to be harmless. His best man, Johnno seems to be going through something that he's constantly self-medicating to forget. The bride, Jules, is overly selfish and beyond judgmental. She also seemed to have an anger problem. Narration: This book was narrated by a cast of six people. One for every point of view it seems. I think it was a brilliant idea. It brought the characters even more to life and made their personalities more distinct and alive. They all did a wonderful job! Suggestions: Without giving too much away, I was very disappointed with the ending. There were a lot of ends that should have been tied a little better. Things that should have been explained. Recommend: Yes!!!!

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  • Llaypo

    Outstanding story telling. Spellbinding

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  • Anonymous

    Very entertaining! Similar but equally impressive as her other book "The hunting party".

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  • Jeanie G.

    The story itself was nothing too exciting, and the conclusion was especially disappointing, but the narration was wonderful and I definitely enjoyed it way more as an audiobook than I would have if I was reading it on the page.

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  • Andrew G.

    Decent overall book. Nothing Amazing or Great, just a good read/listen. Slow burning “who done it” type story, with some solid twist. ***Spoilers From here down*** The side story for Hannah was honestly not necessary in my opinion. Especially considering nothing was really done with it. It felt to me like the author just kinda didn’t know what to do with an extra character. That seemed like a very drastic stretch to connect her and her sister to the groom. Still good book, just felt like that side of Hannah’s character wasn’t needed. She didn’t need any more backstory than just being Charlie’s wife and being the only semi sane person at the event

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  • Tracy B.

    Good story and narration. Certainly worth the credit:)

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  • Dahlia F.

    This was my first audiobook “read” and I’m hooked. I loved Agatha Christie mysteries as a girl - I’ve read them all in fact - and this book brought back all the excitement of a who-done-it with the added allure of seduction and romance. But my absolute favorite part was the brilliantly sophisticated narration. I was sucked right in from page one. Not to spoil it, of course, but I was hoping for something more satisfying at the end. I thought perhaps my disappointment was that the plot lines had to wrap up in such a perfect bow. Either way, I want to audio-read all of this authors books now. I’m a fan.

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  • Suzanne M.

    Fun. Lots of twists. A WHO done it to who several times over. A must read/listen

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  • Anonymous

    Good use of multiple narrators.

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  • Anonymous

    Pointless, brainless, devoid of style or insight. Narration overdramatized.

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