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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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    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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    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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    Ramping up the suspense until the end

    If you are looking for a quick suspense whodunit, this will serve you just fine. Listened to it in one go and wasn't bored throughout. The characters are all interesting to listen to thanks to the great performances by the readers and the story keeps on revealing new secrets and twists until the end. Said ending also comes a bit abruptly and the story suffers a bit from unlikely coincidence syndrom in its central conflict - but if suspending your disbelieve on that doesn't bother you, you certainly will be entertained. One small gripe I have is that the overall playtime is padded with a large excerpt from another book, making the runtime look longer than it actually is.

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    Gave up before anyone died

    Why is everyone talking about Agatha Cristie? The Characters are awful, depressing and chliché. You want all of them to die, not just someone but it just wont happen. I figured that the most likeable character is probably the murder, so I gave up.

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    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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    Absolutely great

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    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!

    • Gesamt
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    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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    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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    classic murder-mystery

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