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The Guest List
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
214 posts | 242 read | 6 reading | 84 to read
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 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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Avamelchin
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Such a great read! Could not put it down, especially towards the end.

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cajunsyd
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BooksNBowls
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All have a secret. All have a motive. Only one is a murderer.

I pretty much devoured this in one sitting. It‘s fast-paced with the POV changes, but I didn‘t have any trouble remembering who‘s who. I don‘t think I liked any of the characters, except maybe Olivia, but that was probably the point. I can‘t wait for Lucy‘s new release this year!

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Jody3
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I had about a million predictions which kept changing as I was reading as to how everything was going to play out in the end. For the most part, all of my predictions were completely wrong. I was able to guess one major twist pretty early on but other than that, I was completely shocked by all of the twists and turns! So, so good! The only thing that bothered me was how conveniently the characters were connected to the groom.

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DGRachel
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This was a fun thriller - a wedding on a remote island. A storm that cuts everyone off from the mainland. A guest list full of people with dark secrets. It‘s literally a recipe for murder. I don‘t think there was a single character I liked, but that was completely okay. I had my suspicions about how it would end, but I have to admit while I guessed he who, I missed all the whys. A great first book from @katiekat311 #NYWD22 list!

monalyisha Sounds like fun! 🎉 1w
Booksarelifeaddict I read this awhile back it wasn‘t bad I did enjoy it but I felt like it was too many characters point of view @monalyisha 1w
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OriginalCyn620
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#two4tuesday

1. Probably a fast-moving plot, but as long as it‘s done well and keeps my interest, I‘m good!
2. The tagged book was the first that came to mind. It was my first Foley and she can really weave a story!

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 1w
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michellelav
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I really enjoyed this #newyearwhodis pick! The story is set around a wedding, which I am a sucker for. 😁 Jules and her semi-famous husband get married on a remote, secluded island.. What could possibly go wrong? 😅 I was intrigued the whole way through. I do wish a few of the storylines would have been tied up, I felt like we were left hanging a bit but still great! What a great list 😍 📚 @thegreensofa @monalyisha

monalyisha When I‘m at the Library, this book cover stops me dead every time I see it. Mostly because it‘s foreboding AND my maiden name is Foley. 😅 But still. Hooray for another win! 🎉 2w
michellelav @monalyisha it's pretty good depending on what type of genre you read! 😁 2w
thegreensofa I‘m so happy you enjoyed it too. I could imagine the whole thing taking place, it‘s written so visually. Just like being at the wedding in the background, and wondering what the hell was going on!! 👀 2w
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DHill
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First book of 2022 and it was so good. Ended a little abruptly but the story was full of “aha” moments that kept things interesting.

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DHill
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Ready, set, go. Heading into the new year with a thriller.

tracey38 I think January is good for some mystery/thrillers. I am especially looking into reading ones set in the cold, lol. 3w
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Lilmissinmsp
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“A wedding day is a neat little parcel of time in which I can create something whole and perfect to be cherished for a lifetime, a pearl from a broken necklace.”
The various narrator POVs and the time shifts made this book an engrossing read that I found extremely hard to put down.

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mtippett
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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5/10
I personally don‘t enjoy slow burn books, especially ones that last about 75% of the books entirety. I can appreciate the plot and characters, but was mostly disappointed with the ending as it seemed more outlandish. It has that shock factor at the end, but I feel like by the time I got to it I was just ready to be done with the book and couldn‘t fully appreciate it.

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Angitron
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Mehso-so

This was okay. I enjoyed the setting, and the characters were well-drawn. It just felt overly long for what it was, and while the characters were vivid, I didn‘t feel particularly attached to any of them.

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Roxy26
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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I love books where the location is almost a character in itself, and it lent this book a truly atmospheric suspense. I loved how all the seemingly unrelated aspects of the book were in fact related, in shocking and surprising ways. The ending chapters were a rollercoaster of surprises, and I raced through them. 5* thriller

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Magpiegem
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I try so hard to resist buying more books when I take things to the charity shop. And I fail. Every. Single. Time. 📚 📚

Roxy26 I‘m the same every time I walk past a second hand book store 🤦‍♀️Currently reading this and I love it! 2mo
Magpiegem @Roxy26 oh good! It wasn‘t one I had been looking out for, I just thought it looked interesting so I couldn‘t resist. So glad to hear it is being enjoyed by others!! Xx 2mo
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dainarmb
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I am #currentlyreading this thriller set in a country I want to visit (Ireland!) to fulfill a Stronger Spine 2021 Reading Challenge prompt.

ShyBookOwl I loved this one! 2mo
dainarmb @ShyBookOwl it has me so invested and so upset for many of the characters, so far! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @dainarmb Get used to that feeling 😅 2mo
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sleepy.ash87
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Mehso-so

3/5 -- Foley kept me guessing about who the killer was until the end. I liked how everything ultimately unraveled. I enjoyed some of the characters and the audio production was good. I liked that it was set in the Aran Islands. It was slow for me, though. I admire Foley's ability to create anticipation for the reader but it was overdone. I'm a little disappointed!

Ottergirl I liked the story too, and the way you weren‘t quite sure but found the rest of the characters had unresolved stories at the end. That‘s what I found disappointing….. I‘d guessed that Aifoe was Loner‘s sister and that Freddie was his friend, but not that Jonno‘s whiskey business was a dud or that Hannah‘s sister‘s ex was Will. Lots of twists for some people I think but little resolution 2mo
sleepy.ash87 @Ottergirl I hadn't any idea about Aifoe being Loner's sister until the end! I did suspect Jonno's business wasn't real and guessed that Will was Hannah's sister's ex once I heard her story of what happened with the photos... They all had reasons to hate Will. I wish Jonno hadn't been blamed for the killing, though! I also wish more had been resolved around Hannah and Charlie's marriage. 2mo
Ottergirl @sleepy.ash87 I think i agree about blaming Jonno being a bit of a cop out…. And some of the characters were a bit unnecessary- the bride‘s mother didn‘t seem to have a role in the story after the dinner the night before. All in all it felt a bit like a school essay type ending. She‘s good at building a great story though. I‘ve read The Hunting Party and thought it was a good read too. 2mo
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sleepy.ash87
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Morning walk with my book. Chilly and peaceful today. 🍁🍂

peanutnine Beautiful ❤️ 3mo
sleepy.ash87 @peanutnine We love the pines 🌲🌲 3mo
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sleepy.ash87
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I finished this Symphyotrichum walteri (Walter's Aster), a September wildflower of North Carolina, while continuing to listen to The Guest List. This novel has been interesting enough, I guess? It has been a little slow... I still like that it is set in the Aran Islands. I'm going to stick with it and see how I feel in the end...

DrexEdit This is beautiful! 💜 3mo
sleepy.ash87 @DrexEdit Thank you! ❇️ The little blue petals were so pretty next to all the colors of Fall! 3mo
Eggs Exquisitely beautiful 👏🏻🌸 3mo
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sleepy.ash87 @Eggs Thank you so much! 🌼🌿 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Stunning!!! 3mo
sleepy.ash87 @ShelleyBooksie Thank you! 🎨 3mo
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sleepy.ash87
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I started The Guest List.. I wasn't excited about this read at first because it felt like an odd follow after Hamnet, but I was won over upon hearing the descriptions of Inis an Amplora, a fictional location inspired by the Aran Islands. I spent a week in Inishmaan while in college, and the book has very well described the landscape and it's ghostly feel. As included in the book, the boat ride to the islands is *very* choppy. We were all sick!

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OneCent76
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I didn't really like this book. I listened to it & that might have been part of the problem. But there seemed to be too much fluff that just didn't need to be there. I kept hoping I'd like it but it didn't happen. I only finished it to say I did.

OneCent76 I like that I got a stack add after that review haha :) 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you to my bestie, Sher, for this very generous and sweet box of goodies!! Love the earrings and the shirt and this candle smells heavenly!! 🎃 🕯 love the little towels 👻 and the books look so good!! Thank you so very much! Love you 😘

LeahBergen Lovely! 🥰 3mo
Crazeedi You deserve all the best!! @Eggs is so generous! Happy almost birthday, I'll be late sending q 3mo
Eggs So happy you like your Bday gifts!!!🎁 🧡💋❤️ you‘re so special to me. I wish I could be there to celebrate you🎉 🍷🌺 (edited) 3mo
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Eggs @crazeedi ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi thank you Diane! 😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I wish you could be too!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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anniebannanie
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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The entire book I was just like please speed it up. Sorry :(

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Macnjen
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Quick audiobook about a wedding on a remote island and the guests that attend. I didn‘t expect the twist at the end, but I feel like it did just kind of end. I loved the accents from the narrators.

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Ericalambbrown
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Yeah. He knows. 😂 If you‘ve read the tagged book you get why this is funny.

Found a super funny reel on IG where he talks about how he‘s so old he no longer remembers the first rule of Fight Club. 🤣

#ifyouknowyouknow #hometownhero #springfieldmo

GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 3mo
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SerenaCrawford
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I enjoyed this book—I honestly sat down and couldn‘t stop reading. I loved the style of writing and the overall story. Just a taste of Ireland 🇮🇪 was nice.

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beeweird
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Me when I got to the twist. 👀

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stonedbookworm
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Never would‘ve guessed how it all turned out! The more you read, the more you see how intertwined these characters lives truly are. How much harm has been done and by one common denominator. Justice was served truly. #lucyfoley #crime #murdermystery #thriller #mystery #5star #bookreview #theguestlist #paperback

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is in the same vein as The Hunting Party. The body is discovered early on, but we don‘t know who died and who the murderer was. Told from different perspectives, alternating between present day & the day before the extravagant wedding, backstories, and dark secrets are revealed as the story unfolds… and many with a motive! Overall a fun book to get lost in.

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BookBosomed1
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Set on a remote island in Ireland during a few days for the much anticipated wedding of Jules and Will, this book tries to keep the reader guessing who died and who did it. Perhaps most disappointing is the superfluous dialogue steeped in toxic masculinity. This book is like “vegan bacon.” Don‘t get it if you‘re looking for something savory and satisfying because all you‘re getting is a steamed carrot with some paprika. 🛑: toxic masculinity

SerenaCrawford Love the notes!!! For a book club? 4mo
BookBosomed1 @SerenaCrawford I actually just write down notes, quotes, and reviews in a journal so that I‘ll remember what I read. :) 4mo
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stonedbookworm
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Grabbed #TheGuestList at my local bookstore and am in love with it. already 46 pages in 🥰
#newbook #lucyfoley #murdermystery

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cosmicgoddess
The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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A great mystery, everything is connected in the end and I LOVE books that do that. Felt a lot like the movie clue!

stonedbookworm when I started reading it gave me Clue vibes too! 😆 5mo
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DivineDiana
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The wedding setting is a remote island off the coast of Ireland. The Bride, Jules, is a successful magazine publisher, and the Groom, Will, is a TV star on a Survival type show. They are a striking couple. Jules receives a note under her door, saying Will is not to be trusted. Who wrote the note? Can Jules trust Will?
A fast and fun read. All you have to do is try and figure out who gets killed! Enjoy the ride
#bookclubpick

Suet624 Perfect photo for the location. 5mo
DivineDiana @Suet624 Thank you. I felt that the location was one of the characters! 5mo
Suet624 definitely! And seeing your photo brought that all back. 5mo
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candc320
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Wowzers, this was a ride!! I loved the multiple perspectives and the insane twists towards the end! I will say that it all seemed to fall into place rather easily, but I still loved to see all the pieces drop. I listened to this in like a day and a half, which is really fast for me…audiobooks usually can‘t keep my attention that long in one sitting 😆. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Amandakay
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sci.Cricketts
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Wow. This one kept me on my toes! Love when huge twists and turns happen in a book.

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DivineDiana
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One of my IRL Book Clubs (and it seems Reese Witherspoon‘s Book Club too) chose this as part of our Summer reading. Actually, 3 books were selected. It‘s almost Labor Day, and I am just starting the first! 🤷🏼‍♀️

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SomedayAlmost
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5 stars. The twist at the end surprises! This atmospheric mystery written in multiple points of view lives up to the hype. Mysterious, menacing setting of a remote Irish island adds a unique flavor. The audiobook is peppered with good performances & lovely accents. #5stars #audiobook #mystery #Irishsetting #goodlisten

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Are those fawns in your yard?! 🦌 5mo
SomedayAlmost I am visiting family & they are visiting the neighbors. 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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This had me engaged all the way to the end. Maybe too many coincidences cascading towards the end, but a good read during my recovery from Lyme. Felt okay yesterday but today, not so good🤷🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Sorry you have that . I wish you a good recovery. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen thank you for your well wishes 💖 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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And it's double sided ❤💜💙 !!! (2/2)

Yuki_Onna Woohaa!!! 😍 6mo
TrishB Looks great 👍🏻 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @TrishB Thanks! I love it... and am surprised by how many shelves it's cleared! 6mo
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tpixie @RaeLovesToRead I love it. Where did you get it? 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @tpixie I looked for "book trolley" on Amazon and this came up... its one of the Kingrack ones ? 5mo
tpixie @RaeLovesToRead thanks!! 5mo
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Skeebies05
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Another fun easy read. I want to be on that gorgeous Island. A+ on atmosphere.

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Bookwormjillk
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Multi tasking this morning- roasting vegetables for #FoodAndLit while listening to a book for #20in4 readathon.

robinb Yum and such gorgeous color! ❤️ 6mo
Butterfinger Looks delicious!! 6mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent Those tomatoes are making my mouth water! 6mo
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Skeebies05
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My close friend lent this one to me. I know there was a ton of hype last year around this one. I'm excited to see if I like it too.

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Jovy
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A solid murder mystery with short chapters that kept me hooked! The audio was superb.

DivineDiana Next Book Club read! 6mo
Jovy @DivineDiana Lots of discussion points, enjoy!! 6mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 6mo
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NikkiM5
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The Guest List was awesome. This year I added mysteries to my favorite genre list (like I needed another 😌) The tagged did not disappoint. I was wrong 😬 but I hope the more mysteries I read, the better I will get. No spoilers, but I enjoyed all of the characters, they were all very well written. I will check out Foley‘s The Hunting Party soon. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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BookishBlonde12
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 This was the first Lucy Foley book that I have read…and I was not disappointed! It was the perfect pool side book.

#mystery #thriller #fiction #murder #Murdermystery #suspense

LiteraryinLawrence If you liked this I recommend another book by Foley that I liked even better! 6mo
BookishBlonde12 @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks for the recommendation! ☺️ 6mo
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BookishBlonde12
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On vacation time… 🏝 📚 ☀️ #mystery #thriller #fiction

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I liked this—it kept me guessing all the way through. I did think the number of coincidences strained credulity. Also, it seems unlikely that the bad guy could be THAT level of bad and keep it under wraps, but that‘s just me being picky. An absorbing story!

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libbiesmith
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As an Agatha Christie fiend, I really enjoyed this book. The plot fit together like a puzzle at the end. I definitely recommend this book, it was a page turner for me!

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Anya09
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Another book down! This book was perfect due to the dreary weather/hurricane watch we are getting in FL right now. Finished in two days and I really enjoyed it.

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