By Ellery Lloyd
From the author of People Like Her, a smart and sinister murder mystery set in the secretive world of exclusive celebrity clubs, where the A-list members and the staff who serve them all have something to hide.
The A-List is Dying to Join
Envisioned as a luxurious home-away from-home for Very Important People, The Home Group is a collection of celebrity members clubs dotted across the globe, from London to Lisbon, Malibu to Manhattan, where the rich and famous can party hard and then crash out in its five-star suites, far from the prying eyes of fans and the media.
The most spectacular and exclusive of all is Island Home–a sprawling, closely-guarded complex of faux-rustic guest cabins, spas, bars and restaurants just off the English coast. To mark its opening, Home’s mercurial CEO Ned Groom and his team have planned a glamorous three-day launch party, easily the most coveted A-list invite of the year.
But behind the scenes, tensions are at breaking point. Years behind schedule and vastly over budget, the project has stretched a long-serving and long-suffering team to their limits. There’s Ned’s trusted PA, who has over decades maneuvered her way from coat-check girl to Home’s inner circle; Ned’s younger brother, who has sacrificed his marriage and morals to be Ned’s right-hand man; the Head of Membership keeping the world’s most spoiled and jaded individuals entertained using any means necessary; the Head of Housekeeping, who plays silent witness to the guests’ very worst excesses. All of them have something to hide – and that’s before the beautiful people with their own ugly secrets even set foot on the island.
As tempers fray and behaviour worsens, as things get more sinister by the hour and the body count piles up, some of Island Home’s members begin to wish they’d never RSVP’d at all.
Because at this club, if your name’s on the list, you’re not getting out . . .
If you want to read a book that will make you glad that you are not in the top wealthiest of the country? Well… this will do it. I have never once been so content with my life than I was after finishing this book.
Told in multiple POV’s I thought I would be reading an action-packed thriller, however, it was more of a slow-build mystery told mostly by the POV’s inner dialogues. While normally this would not be appealing to me… I could not help but feel captured by this story and completely sucked in to finding out what the heck was actually going on.
Secrets upon secrets, betrayal after betrayal, you definitely will not find a lack of action .. it just is more behind the scenes, stab in the back. Ned, Adam, Annie, Jess, Nikki, Laura… who would survive this fateful weekend and who would ultimately meet their demise. Was it deserved? Will the killer be caught? The plot twists were insane keeping me guessing almost until the very end.
This was a brilliantly written story, and was my first from this author but most certainly not the last!
About The Author
Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym for London-based husband-and-wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos.
Collette is a journalist and editor, the former content director of Elle (UK) and editorial director at Soho House. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.
Paul is the author of two previous novels, Welcome to the Working Week and Every Day is Like Sunday. He is the program director for English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.