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?
I love a book with multiple points of view especially when there is a murder to solve. This book had twist after twist! You know someone is dead, but you don’t know who until the end. Through the different points of views we learn more about Jules, Will and their friends. I’ll just say that my wedding party was lame in comparison to this wedding party, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Will’s character seems perfect. Too perfect. His smile, his looks, his life. However, Will and a member of the wedding party have been keeping a secret since they were teenagers. A secret so awful that if it got out lives would be altered. Everyone in this book had a secret to keep, but some had deadly consequences.
I felt for Jules most of all. She received a note telling her not to marry Will, her step-sister is acting strange, and her dad showed up with his new wife. What a cluster! This is supposed to be her dream wedding to the perfect guy, but it’s far from perfect.
I’ve seen this book classified as a thriller. I wouldn’t call it that. Yes, there was a murder, but this was more suspenseful than anything. This book reminded me of the game Clue. This person did it with this weapon in this room.
I will say that I really liked the way the author brought everything together in the end. That bumped up my rating.
Thank you Book of the Month, William Morrow Books, and Lucy Foley for the advanced readers copy. You too can help solve the murder June 2, 2020.
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.