Today’s theme is Recipe For A Great Thriller. Be sure to check out the posts on Karma Brown & Simone St. James too!
One of the things I love most about romance readers is that so many of them are really eclectic readers. Yeah, we like a good romance, or a good romance subplot, but what we really love is good books!
So I feel it makes good sense to let you know about Lucy Foley! (In case you haven’t heard about her yet.)
I’d read one of her earlier novels a few years ago, but honestly, her last two releases are truly next level.
I have to say that sometimes thrillers aren’t my thing. Sometimes they stress me out. Sometimes they’re annoying. But when you find a good one, it’s a feast.
And these are good ones!
Lucy Foley’s THE HUNTING PARTY and THE GUEST LIST are both brilliant psychological thrillers, with an emphasis on psychology.
Foley has a phenomenal ability to dig in on psychology and let the characters drive the storytelling. The casts are sprawling and complex, and therefore we are continually fascinated by their secrets and choices. By the end of the book we know a lot of things we might wish we didn’t about them, but we’re hooked, and even if we haven’t figured out all the details, once they tell us they make perfect sense and pull it all together.
Simply terrific reads.
Find the books:
THE GUEST LIST
A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling 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?
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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