On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity. 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.
As 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?
I got this book as a Christmas present from my husband and wow… Just wow… This has to be one of the most clever books I have read in a while. The style reminded me of Agatha Christie without being an obvious copycat, and I just loved it.
At the beginning, when I saw it was written from so many different points of view, I felt a bit apprehensive. But after I started reading, that stopped bothering me. The writing is flawless and the transitions between the different characters is smooth and works just perfect. I love how we get little snippets of information by the different points of view, allowing us to create a general picture about the characters’ personalities and about what’s going on there. The fact that, apparently, everybody has secrets only adds to the enjoyment and the excitement of reading this book.
Knowing from the beginning that someone has died and withholding the identity of the deceased person until the very end is a stroke of genius. And the device the author uses to tell us without telling us who is the murdered person is mind-blowing. Actually, I didn’t realise what she was doing until the end, and then I was like “oh boy!”
Such a clever book that I cannot stop recommending to everybody.
For all of that, I give this book… 5 TEA CUPS!