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?
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The reader slowly finds out that nearly all the main characters had some reason to want to kill Will. He had gotten Olivia (the bridesmaid) pregnant, ghosted her when she tried to tell him, and had given her a fake name. When Julia (bride) brought Will home to meet her family once they were engaged, Olivia recognized him but never told anyone. Julia overheard them talking about it the night of the wedding and was furious with Will.
Johno had come up with the idea for Will’s TV series, but Will cheated him off the show by telling the producers Johno was no longer interested and telling Johno the producers didn’t like him. Johno found out by talking to a producer at the wedding, whom Julia had invited without Will’s knowledge.
Hannah (the plus one) realized while talking to Will’s college friends that he had been the one to send out a sex tape of her sister, which lead to her sister killing herself.
Finally, in boarding school, Will and Johno had caused the death of a boy who idolized them. They tied him up on the beach during a hazing ritual as the tide was coming in. The boy was unable to get loose in time and drowned. Johno hadn’t realized about the tide. Will did it on purpose because the kid found out that Will had stolen some exams to cheat off of.
Aoife, the owner of the venue, was the sister of the boy who died. She had offered Julia and huge discount to have the wedding there so that she could kill Will.