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Book club questions for The Club by Ellery Lloyd examines all the twists and reveals in this locked-room murder mystery. There will be spoilers so for more context about the story, check out my spoiler-free review first.
I liked this one! It was a good choice from Reese’s Book Club. Ridiculous in some parts but I also think that was the point in many aspects too.
I actually thought it ended quite well. Sometimes mysteries don’t fully wrap up all the narratives but I think this one did for the most part. Overall, a complete story that is worth a read on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Tell me your thoughts about the story below in the comments!
The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members’ clubs dotted across the globe, 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 of all is Island Home—a closely-guarded, ultraluxurious resort, just off the English coast—and its three-day launch party is easily the most coveted A-list invite of the decade.
But behind the scenes, tensions are at breaking point: the ambitious and expensive project has pushed the Home Group’s CEO and his long-suffering team to their absolute limits. 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 behavior worsens, as things get more sinister by the hour and the body count piles up, some of Island Home’s members will begin to wish they’d never made the guest list.
Because at this club, if your name’s on the list, you’re not getting out.
Book Club Questions for The Club
- The authors said that they were inspired to write the story after staying on Osea-Island, a privately-owned island catered to celebrities. What elements of Island Home and the Home Group do you think are based on real-life counterparts?
- There’s plenty of celebrities from the huge Hollywood star Jackson Crane (who is also an alcoholic and drug addict) to Freddie Hunter, a boy bander turned TV host who reveals secrets of his friends to the press. Do you think any of these characters and other famous ones in the novel were based on real-life celebrities? If so, who?
- We read the story from the perspectives of Jess, the newly hired head of housekeeping; Adam, the brother of Ned; Annie, membership curator and Nikki, Ned’s personal assistant. We also read coverage of the incident in a magazine article. Why were these perspectives chosen and what did reading their thoughts help add to the story? Do you like multi-perspective stories or do you prefer first-person type narratives?
- Were any of the characters likable in your opinion? Which characters did you actively dislike?
- Why was Ned granted so much power and how come no one ever stood up to him?
- In what ways did Adam help enable Ned’s corrupt ways?
- When you read mystery stories like this, do you try to solve the murder—or in this case murders—or do you wait for the reveals?
- We learn that Jackson Crane killed Jess’ parents in a horrific car accident. She believes that his wife Georgia was also there as well and she sets out to kill Jackson and have Georgia framed for his murder. Let’s talk about this action Jess takes. What were your thoughts when Jackson survived it?
- Another huge revelation is that Annie was actually the one in the car with Jackson and help covered up the murder. Did you see that reveal coming at all?
- What were some of the other more shocking aspects of the novel to you?
- Did you find Nikki’s story sympathetic? Let’s talk about the revelation that she is the one who killed Ned.
- What happens next for Nikki? Will she be able to develop a connection with her son, Kurt?
- Were you satisfied with the ending for Jess? Will justice finally be served for her family?
- Was this novel trying to make a larger point about society’s obsession with celebrities?
Hope you enjoyed book club questions for The Club! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
If you closely follow Reese’s Book Club you might have already read The Guest List by Lucy Foley but if you haven’t, definitely check it out! This story is also set on an island is a locked-room style mystery. I plan to read Lucy’s latest novel, The Paris Apartment, soon so check back for that. But for now, here’s the synopsis for The Guest List:
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?
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin is an interesting premise—an escape room turns into a game of revenge. This story is set in cutthroat Wall Street, which also makes this one standout as well. Here’s the synopsis:
In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.
Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.
Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?