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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, number one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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? 

©2020 Lucy Foley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Christel Thomas
  • 03/06/2020

I stand corrected

I originally gave this book a pretty rough review. As the weeks have gone by I kept thinking I should go back and give it another shot. There it was, just sitting in my library, beckoning... I so enjoyed The Hunting Party that I just HAD to try this one again and I am so glad that I did. As the book progresses it got a lot spookier, the tension grows, the atmosphere builds, it was wonderful. Once I got over my initial issues with it (somewhat shallow stereotypes, a lot of characters to keep up with, and annoying male frat boy antics) I fell in love with this creepy, claustrophobic story. Definitely worth a listen and a credit, I am very glad that I gave it another chance. The ending was brilliant, it was a total surprise and completely fleshed out. I so appreciate it when an ending is as through and well thought out as the rest of the book. This is somewhat rare in the mystery genre. Also the narration was phenomenal. I especially love love loved Hannah and Aoife. All of the performances were excellent. I related to Olivia. I especially liked the way that initially she seems quite shallow and lost but as things progress, her perspective becomes more relatable and more reliable. The Hunting Party is truly one of my all time favorite books, like literally top 3 of all time and this one is equally entertaining. Give it a shot and be patient, don’t be put off by how annoying some of these characters are in the beginning. As the plot progresses they become much more sympathetic, real, and interesting. As they become more exposed they become more human. Don’t give up too quickly, give it a chance to get good ☠️☠️☠️

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  • Paul
  • 10/06/2020

Superb

I hope my review precedes “Trash”. Sometimes I make the mistake of reading only the first few reviews and allow them to persuade me too much. I allowed “Trash” to do this with this book for me. But everyone has their own opinions. And this is mine. This book is awesome in many ways, and the ending so... different than what I expected that I will go back and reread many times. The narration- amazing The description of the Irish island and it’s wildness- amazing The characters- well, you have to read it. I LOVED Hannah, btw.

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  • AB
  • 02/06/2020

Trash. Don’t bother

I got this as a pre-order because there had been much ballyhoo about this book, including comparisons to Agatha Christie, and I like good mysteries. I had to stop listening since the characterizations are terrible and cliche (rather dated and sexist as well) and the writing is pedestrian at best. If you haven’t read PD James’ books with the female detective, do that instead—she’s an actual writer. This book is Dreck.

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  • Breanna
  • 05/06/2020

Entertaining

I was really excited for this book, Pre-ordered it. I felt like the narration was done perfectly. I finished this in a day, I couldn’t put it down. It was so enticing and it was full of drama. There isn’t one like-able character, but i can’t help but feel drawn in. As the story goes on, I feel like it wasn’t that much of a mystery or a thriller. I feel like the past and the present had a different tones, with the present claiming to be “scary” which i couldn’t understand. The story was good and well let’s just say, karma ? I also feel like it was fairly easy to follow, with all the arrows pointing directly to all the answers. With all that being said, it was good and entertaining. The best thing about this book, it paints a clear picture. I also feel that it has some trigger warning, it’s not explicit but dabbles in unwanted sexual acts, depression, suicide, post natal depression, cheating, toxic relationships, bullying, drugs.

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  • ellie
  • 29/06/2020

Not *quite* Agatha

This was a really good book- and the performance was spot on- but I was slightly mislead by some of the reviews . Maybe more precise would be to call it a modern twist on Christie - the setting is definitely evocative, and the characters are well written and well dramatized. This was no Victorian era mystery though. Although the sex didn’t get overly graphic, it was there, peppered throughout, and was explicit enough that parents should know- this is not remotely kid friendly. I’ve been looking for another good mystery to listen to with my 8th grade daughter - this is NOT the book. 😬 All in all a good book- I would recommend. But as for those Agatha Christie comparisons- not so much.

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  • Cyndie Gawain
  • 22/06/2020

Could not wait for it to be over

I love it when you download a book and just cannot wait to be able to listen again or do not want to stop and you know you should. This one I could not wait until it was over. Kept thinking it would get better but it did not. Made me hate young stupid men. I really do not like books where I cannot like any of the characters. Too many coincidences to be believable. Overall disappointed that it got such great reviews. Will take this offer off my list.

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  • Sally
  • 14/06/2020

Save your money!

It has been a while since I’ve listened to a book THIS bad! Characters were underdeveloped. Plot was choppy. I listened to the end to see if it would redeem itself and sadly it did not

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  • H. Jones
  • 11/06/2020

Entertaining, slightly shallow storyline

This book was entertaining, but slightly shallow in the character development and plot line. Nice nod to Christie, but don’t go in expecting a new And Then There Were None.

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  • Morgan Poole
  • 28/06/2020

Solid and Interesting

interesting and easy to stay engaged with. the characters were not overly complex, but the pace was quick. I could also add a trigger warning as there is a part that is very deatiled in describing self harm. Overall I really enjoyed it!

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  • Flo McLeod
  • 01/07/2020

Easy listen with some nice but slightly predictable twists

I enjoyed this book as a simple “who did it” book. The voices change in narrators was enjoyable, though the female narrators putting on the male public school boy voices was slightly irritating an stupid for me. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as “the hunting party” by Lucy Foley which was fantastic. This seemed to have a far more predictable and less complex story line.

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  • Emily Myers
  • 12/10/2020

Couldn't Put it Down

The voices are excellent and every character has a such an interesting and fleshed out personal story. One of the best mysteries I've gotten my hands on in a while. Very Harper's Island -esque in all the best ways.

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 15/11/2020

Agatha Christie's comeback

This novel is truly Agatha Christie's style, with a clearly delineated community, loads of people who might have a motive, the slow revelation of people's backgrounds, down to the improbability of so many people with a motive for revenge (and thus a connection) finding themselves in one place. What is not Christie, but the modern slant, is the telling of the story in several voices, which allows the reader to piece the puzzle together slowly. To be recommended!

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  • Sebastian
  • 02/11/2020

Mediocre chick lit with a predictable "twist"

This book is touted by the publisher's PR as "Thrilling", "really clever" or "a classic whodunnit". It is none of that. Instead, this is mediocre chick lit, full of stereotypes and cliches, riddled with massive plot holes, with some semblance of "suspense" kept up using some of the cheapest and oldest tricks out of the standard handbook on how (not) to write crime fiction. I'd say SPOILERS AHEAD, but I'm not sure there's anything to spoil here, really. About 5-10 minutes into the book, it's pretty clear who's going to die: the groom who is portrayed as being too smooth, too handsome, too perfect – obviously, he's the one with dark secrets, etc. It's also quite clear early on "whodunnit": the only person with a voice that actually seems innocuous and doesn't seem to have a motive. The rest of the book is some women in their thirties rambling about their very insignificant issues (which almost always include something about their sex life) plus a view into the head of a very unlikeable 30something dude full of irritating self pity about how much of a failure he is. The only remotely interesting character could have been the obligatory teenage half sister, but she is portrayed so stereotypically that it borders on parody: a young, fairy-like, ephemeral, definitely nubile beauty with an emo-goth self hatred, cutting herself with razor blades (of all cliches), yet the object of erotic desire for half the other cast of characters, thrown into some pseudo-deep, pseudo-meaningful conversations with strong suggestions of (homo-)erotic tension. Not to forget the stereotypical dude crew from the fancy private school (dark "secret" here, of course) and the caricatures of posh members of society. There is not a single realistic or remotely likeable character in the entire novel. In this book, all the women think about getting laid, or not getting laid enough, while all the guys think about getting laid and/or exerting power over other guys. Noone actually undergoes any development, although they all claim otherwise: at the end of the story, they're still the same pathetic bunch (minus the one guy who's dead, of course...), although they wordily claim to have been transformed by the entire experience. All of this is so flat, so cliche'd, so obvious and badly done, that it hurts. Only the excellent speakers save the audiobook from being a total fiasco. Each character is done by a different speaker, and they really give them all unique voices and manage to elevate them at least a bit beyond the paper cut caricatures that the author had turned them into.

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  • blah
  • 28/09/2020

Absolutely great

SPOILER ALERT: 1. The picked characters are amazingly portraited and the story only gains by the change of perspective. 2. During the whole story I have been trying to find a reason why the choice had fallen exactly on those, but it OF COURSE makes absolute sense once I've figured out who is who. 3. I guess Charles made it in the book only for Hannah to be on that wedding. 4. It was spectacularly read and I know I will be reading it and listen it many times. Thank you!

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  • VanEssa
  • 03/09/2020

What a great story it was!

I realy enjoyed it from the first page on. Liked the different characters and peace of the whol event, especialy when it came to the end. Wait for more like this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/09/2020

Delicious Whodunnit!

I devour all things mystery and suspense; I rarely dole out five stars because so many stories are predictable or mimic familiar plots. But this one was such a thrill! Some fun red herrings thrown in along the way to the final reveal. The male narrator's voice had a nasal accent, which I found off-putting, but it's likely he did it on purpose because some of those characters were simply that annoying. Nevertheless, go buy this book now! One of the best current whodunnits on the market. Cheers to Lucy Foley!

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  • Sabine S.
  • 29/07/2020

classic murder-mystery

An Agatha Christieestque murder bliss! well written with unexpected turns. I actually liked it better than ‚The Hunting Party‘.