Hot on tthe heels of her bestseller, The Hunting Party, comes Lucy Foley's second crime novel. Set on a remote and suitably creepy island off the Irish coast, guests are gathered for a high-profile wedding but, as a storm builds outside, someone is murdered. Lucy Foley is great at pacy plots and assembling a cast of spiky characters who all have good reason to end up as either victim or killer.
The body is, again, discovered early on, and Foley’s narrative again flits between alternative points of view: Jules, the perfectionist bride trying not to think about the mysterious note she received; the celebrity groom and his old school friends who went to the sort of horrific boarding school where “only the strong survived”; the wedding planner who thinks, “terrible things happen, I learned that while I was still a child”. Everyone appears to have a motive and a dark tragic secret in their past, and the mounting sense of doom is piled on pretty thick.