Gatherings Gone Wrong, So Wrong

If you’re invited to one of these gatherings, um, don’t go.  Bad things happen at these things. Stay home, read about it.

The Last Guest by Tess Little
A glamorous birthday dinner in Los Angeles ends with the famous host dead and every guest under suspicion in this dark, cinematic suspense debut reminiscent of an Agatha Christie page-turner crossed with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the joining of two people. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead.


The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
A suspenseful novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own — and her best “summer” friend, who is trying to uncover the truth… before fingers point her way.


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meets to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps. On New Year’s Day, one of them is dead, and another of them did it.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
our famous siblings throw an epic end-of-summer party that goes dangerously out of control as secrets and loves that shaped this family’s generations come to light, changing their lives forever. The alcohol will flow, the music will play… and by morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames.

The Dinner by Herman Koch
Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, terrible things need to be said. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act, an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. But when the storm hits, no one is getting away. Within the snowed-in paradise, something or someone is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts, a gorgeous lodge nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, determined to do one thing: begin her own dance company. But when an avalanche strikes, Maeve finds herself trapped with six other guests. Then the first guest meets an unspeakable death. Followed by another.