Tempted by…Herding Cats: The Guest List by Lucy Foley


On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends.
Past grudges.

Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.

Thirteen guests.
One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

Today on Tempted by… I am featuring The Guest List by Lucy Foley, which I was given the final nudge in to buying by this review, written by Kerry on her blog, Herding Cats, which has the honour of being one of the best named blogs I follow.

I have to be honest, I probably would have bought this book anyway, as I loved Lucy Foley’s last book, The Hunting Party, when I read it last year (you can read my review of The Hunting Party here.) But Kerry’s review definitely nudged me to go over and order the book there and then, and I am sure would encourage anyone who hasn’t read any of Lucy Foley’s other books to pick it up.

The premise of the book sells itself, doesn’t it? It contains all my favourite things in a novel. An Irish setting. A wedding (always ripe for tension and drama), murder, secrets, stranded guests cut off from escape. How can it not be brilliant? Kerry’s review confirms that Lucy manages to draw all these promising threads together to weave a story that captured Kerry’s imagination and kept her frantically turning pages from beginning to end. Bloggers who read huge numbers of books are adept at spotting books that don’t quite work and separating the wheat from the chaff, and we can become very picky, so any book that someone like Kerry describes as ‘fantastic and compulsive’ is always going to be one that I need to give my attention to. I like the fact she is describing it as a quick read with short chapters that pull you through the narrative, you just know it is going to be one of those books that keep you up late as you read just one more chapter! The best kind of insomnia!

Kerry’s blog is a real treasure trove of book reviews and other enticing content for readers of all ages and tastes. She is one of those rare talents who reviews all genres of book, including children’s books and young adult books, with equal care and passion  and she is an enthusiastic and generous member of the blogging community who I always reading and sharing. You can feel her energy coming off the page, it sometimes leaves me a bit breathless how much she gets done with all she has going on, and definitely envious – I wish I was that productive! If you haven’t visited Kerry’s blog before, you can find it here.

And, if you fancy getting hold of your own copy of The Guest List, having read Kerry’s review, it is available now in hardback, Kindle and audio versions, and will be published in paperback in September, and you can buy a copy here.

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