Published June 2nd 2020 by William Morrow, HarperAudio
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Let me start by saying, the setting of this book is a character in itself. Not sure if I would attend a wedding on a remote island with a past, let alone spend a night, but the cliffs, the waves, the sea, the isolation all gave this story an atmospheric, thrilling feel. Jules and Will are a rising couple in the entertainment industry and they are getting married. Jules wants her wedding to be exclusive, so, contacts a wedding planner, who just happens to own the island. Everything is planned to the hilt, the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey, the freshly slaughtered dinner, spotty cell phone coverage and guests/attendants with secrets.
This is a book that had me listening every moment I possibly could. The short chapters had me zipping through this one and loving every minute of it. It is a locked room (remote island) mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The story is told with multiple POVs including many of the wedding party, the wedding planner and a guest (+one). When the resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes, you know things are going to happen. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days, the bridesmaid ruins her dress (and almost loses her life) and there is one mishap after another, until there is a murder. There were several twists that I never saw coming, and the final one was Wow, just Wow! Each of the characters were a bit off and had secrets, but I did not know what they were or what they were hiding. Most of the characters were unlikable, but I was still able to connect to several of them. The ending was amazing. If you have not read this book yet, you need to pick it up, it is well-written and plotted. One of my favourites this year.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by a cast of performers. Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens, and Rich Keeble gave life to the characters and story. I have not listened to any of these narrators before, but sure will again. Each character had their own voice and it gave it even a more creepy feel to think they were right there telling you the story. It was slightly confusing at the beginning until I got used to the multiple POVs, but once I got into the story, it moved right along. A wonderful audiobook, that I definitely recommend. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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?