From Goodreads: “A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the 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 favours, 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?“
This was another fantastic thriller from Lucy Foley. I really enjoyed The Hunting Party when I took part in an Instagram readalong last year.
To be honest with you I wasn’t sure that I was going to read this book as I thought it was too similar to The Hunting Party. However when I started seeing raves reviews for it and then it was available to read via The Pigeonhole I thought I’d give it a go.
Just like in the author’s previous book, the setting is a remote location in wild weather, and there are a whole host of characters with secrets to hide, and of course motives to be the murderer, or indeed the corpse.
The book is told from the point of view of Aoife the wedding planner, Jules the bride, Johnno the best-man, Olivia, Jules half-sister and bridesmaid and Hannah the MC’s wife. As I followed their stories, described on the day before and the wedding day, it was very clear that this was going to be a thriller full of twists, turns, surprises, murder and of course red herrings.
I had absolutely no idea who the body was because there were so many people to choose from. In fact I think I didn’t even bother trying to guess, as the story was too good to be distracted by who’d been murdered.
There were actually a few characters that I liked, Olivia, Hannah and Aoife. There were also the unlikeable characters too, Jules and Will, the bride and groom being two of them.
Once again I didn’t guess the murderer or the motive, it was a great twist which confirmed that this book was even better than The Hunting Party.
I definitely recommend this one to thriller lovers, especially if you enjoy thrillers set in remote locations.