Thursday, April 30, 2020

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version I purchased.


Beginning:  Now
The Wedding Night.

The lights go out.

In an instant, everything is in darkness.  The band stop their playing.  Inside the tent the wedding guests squeal and clutch at one another.  The light from the candles on the tables only adds to the confusion, sends shadows racing up the canvas walls.  It's impossible to see where anyone is or hear what anyone is saying: above the guests' voices the wind rises in a frenzy.

Page 56:  When I think about everything that happened in the last year my mind goes hot, and blank, and I can't think about it properly or sort it all out in my head.

My thoughts:  After reading Lucy Foley's novel, The Hunting Party I am eager to start another one of her fast-paced page turners.

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 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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  1. This seems to be just the book to read to get out of my romance rut...
    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I have been eyeing this book! I also think I have to read The Hunting Party. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. That's the second BB I've read today that ahs creeped me out! LOL I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  4. Looks like one I need to pick up!!! Happy weekend, stay safe!

  5. Novels written in the present tense have such an immediate feel. I also like that the darkness forces the guests to rely on their other senses.

  6. I always read a mystery or thriller after a classic or heavy read. I think that this will be a great follow-up for the classic I'm reading this period :)
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  7. This sounds like a great story. Enjoy your current read!