The occasion is the wedding of Julia (Jules) Keegan & Will Slater. She heads and runs a magazine and he’s a reality television star. They’ve invited friends and family to their celebration, a remote island off the coast of Ireland that’s barely inhabited. The cell service is spotty and there’s intermittent electrical outages but everything else about the festivities is lavish. But not everything is harmonious among the guests, the bride and the groom. Told from the perspectives of five of the participants, tension grows over the weekend until someone turns up dead.
I’m a fan of stories told from multiple points of view, especially on audio where multiple narrators are used. This one is ideal to listen to as it heightens the pleasure, especially since all performances were done so well. It’s a deliberately slow burn as each character reveals just a little bit more about her or himself throughout. My opinions of them shifted back and forth with every new morsel of information until even I felt I knew the players intimately. While I deduced the probable scenario, I was never certain of who would meet their demise at the end.
This was a cleverly designed plot with superb character development in an über creepy setting. There were times I didn’t like any of them and formed rash conclusions because I thought I knew the direction. It’s the one time where the journey is the thing because the storytelling enthralls you. There are startling twists and revelations but not the kind that throw you out of the story, more like the missing pieces you didn’t know were misplaced. I enjoyed everything about this book and think it’s best served up in the audio format. One of my friends described it as a mashup of Agatha Christie and Big Little Lies and I couldn’t agree more!
- Release Date: May 5, 2020
- Narrators: Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens & Rich Keeble
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 22 minutes
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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(Thank you to Libro.fm and HarperAudio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)