Ally Condie | THE UNWEDDING Spoilers

The Book: 

The Unwedding by Ally Condie
Published June 4, 2024 by Grand Central Publishing
Date read: May 31, 2024

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The Unwedding spoilers can be found below, but they’re hidden under a spoiler tag so you’re safe to keep scrolling if you’d just like to read my review.

The Characters: 

Ellery

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Ellery Wainwright is alone at the edge of the world.

She and her husband, Luke, were supposed to spend their twentieth wedding anniversary together at the luxurious Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur, California. Where better to celebrate a marriage, a family, and a life together than at one of the most stunning places on earth?

But now, she’s traveling solo.

To add insult to injury, there’s a wedding at Broken Point scheduled during her stay. Ellery remembers how it felt to be on the cusp of everything new and wonderful, with a loved and certain future glimmering just ahead. Now, she isn’t certain of anything except for her love for her kids and her growing realization that this place, though beautiful, is unsettling.

When Ellery discovers the body of the groom floating in the pool in the rain, she realizes that she is not the only one whose future is no longer guaranteed. Before the police can reach Broken Point, a mudslide takes out the road to the resort, leaving the guests trapped. When another guest dies, it’s clear something horrible is brewing.

Everyone at Broken Point has a secret. And everyone has a shadow. Including Ellery.

The Unwedding Spoilers

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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read The Unwedding, I suggest you turn back now.

The Reveal:

Ellery got a note from Olivia asking to meet her at the altar, than followed arrows to a clearing where Olivia was alive. Olivia had gathered everyone she suspected of killing Ben.

Grace and Gary were the art thieves. Gary was the artist of “Parts”, and he wanted to steal a certain mask because his wife had been the model.

Olivia knew about the bus accident Ellery had been in, and that she moved a student with a back injury who later died.

Catherine, Olivia’s mother, had caused Ben’s death. They were arguing and he tripped backwards and hit his head on a sculpture.

Jason showed up with a gun and shot Ellery. Maddox and Grace arrived just after and saved the day.

The Ending:

Jason had killed Matt. Jason had messed something up with Ben’s clients and Ben was upset, so Jason drugged Ben and sent the “I can’t do it” text from his phone. He was planning to kill Ben that night, but needed to be seen at the party to establish his alibi. Then Ben stumbled out and fought with Catherine. Jason moved Ben’s body so that he’d be found sooner. Matt must have helped Jason, so Jason killed Matt to cover it up.

Nina had been Jason’s godmother and came back into his life after his mother died. She followed him to the resort.

Abby had sent the cake. Grace was the shadow celebrity (she made a popular nature app). Olivia was pregnant, and Andy was the senator’s son.



I hope these The Unwedding spoilers were helpful.

The Review: 

I LOVE a wedding thriller, so I dropped everything to listen to this book when Hachette Audio gave me the ALC. When you look at Goodreads, THE UNWEDDING is listed first as a mystery and then as a thriller–it’s solidly more mystery than thriller, but I still enjoyed it. The “trapped at an isolated resort after a big storm” setting is one of my favorites! I enjoyed following these amateur detectives as they worked to unravel the mystery before the police could get there. I can’t say the reveal blew me away, but it was still a fun mystery with a great setting.

The narrator Christine Lakin really made this one for me! Her performance gave this read an air of suspense that I think would have been missing in the physical read.

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