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This post shares The Guest List book club questions for easy and thoughtful discussion of this bestselling atmospheric thriller from Reese's book club.

The Guest List by New York Times bestselling author Lucy Foley (who also wrote The Hunting Party) is a murder mystery about a death at a wedding, and it will remind you of all your favorite Agatha Christie books, with modern drama and twists straight from a Dateline episode and/or Big Little Lies.

Read on for a quick summary/review followed by The Guest List book club questions for discussion.

The Guest List Summary / Review


The start of The Guest List is a moody scene: a wedding on a remote, secluded island off the coast of Ireland, where the powerful and ambitious magazine founder Jules is marrying her golden boy, reality television star Will.

But it’s all about the moment, a wedding. All about the day. It’s not really about the marriage at all, in spite of what everyone says.

As the guests arise, tensions rise. The groomsmen get drunk. The bridesmaid ruins her dress. And, you just know something bigger is about to happen.

When the party of the year has officially started, the ominous storm that threatened finally erupts, both literally and figuratively.

But no matter what happens, life is only a series of days. You can’t control more than a single day.

The power goes out, and a body is discovered. What follows is a classic "whodunit."

The story is told from the perspective of five characters and alternates between present and past in ultimately unveiling the killer:

  • Jules - The bride, who has meticulously planned every detail of her perfect wedding day.
  • Hannah - The plus-one, who is married to Charlie (the longtime best friend of Jules) and is concerned about how close the friendship really is.
  • Johnno - The best man, who is an old school friend of Will’s, holding some tensions about the past.
  • Eoife - The wedding planner who on the island and has offered the couple a hefty discount to hold their wedding here.
  • Olivia - The bridesmaid, who is the troubled teenage sister of Jules and is hiding the truth about a very dark event.

Like a good Agatha Christie novel, each one of the characters has a secret and a motive. But, only one is the murderer.

Likewise, exactly what happened, to whom, and by whom unfolds like the layers of an onion over the course of the novel.

All of this mystery really heightens the intrigue of the story. While the story itself is a slow burn, you will quickly turn the pages of this one until the dark and disturbing ending.

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The Guest List Book Club Questions


Below are unique discussion questions I wrote specifically for The Guest List and your book club gathering:

Were you able to guess who the victim was?

Were you able to guess who the murderer was?

Did your guesses as to who the victim and/or murderer change at all while reading the book?

Discuss the importance of the Irish coastal setting of The Guest List.

Discuss the importance of the story occurring at a wedding.

How would you describe the mood of The Guest List?

Did your opinions on any of the characters change throughout the course of The Guest List?

Did the multiple points of view work for you?

Did the dual timelines of past and present work for you?

Did The Guest List remind you of any other books?

Would you describe The Guest List as a mystery, a thriller, or both?

Did The Guest List feel more like a slow burn or page-turner to you?

Discuss the good and bad characteristics of each character.

Did the secrets revealed make you feel any strong emotions?

Were there clues to the secrets revealed throughout the book?

Should the characters have picked up on any clues about the secrets revealed?

Did the secrets make the characters feel more multi-dimensional to you?

Did any characters feel one-dimensional to you?

Assuming you liked "the murderer" the least, which character did you like the best?

Why do you think this book was named The Guest List?

How do you think you would have reacted at the wedding as each of the characters in The Guest List?

Would any other title work better?

Did you find the ending to be satisfying?

Did anything crazy ever happen at a wedding you attended (hopefully not a murder!)?

Do you think secrets lie beneath the picturesque surface of all weddings?

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