Release date: February 5, 2019
Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.
This is worse.
When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.
But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.
After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?
I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy, and revenge from Sunday Times best-seller Adele Parks.
I think at some point or another we can all relate to wanting to get revenge on someone for a perceived wrong and at its core this book is about revenge with a side of manipulation and obsession which are things I LOVE in a thriller. This was a page turner and a slow unraveling of a methodical plan that will have life altering consequences in the end.
Family dynamics fascinate me and when Mel answers an email from her old friend, Abi inviting her to stay with her and her family for awhile she never could’ve dreamed just what she was allowing in her home. This one decision sets off a chain of events that impacts the relationships in the family, especially with her husband, Ben and her oldest son, Liam. All of the characters are well drawn and this is an exploration of human behavior during incredibly tense and odd times.
The situations that occur throughout, while interesting, are also pretty out there. You pretty much have to let the plausibility of the plot fly out the window with this one and just sit back and let it entertain you, it’s a wild ride. I did find it to be predictable but honestly I was so wrapped up in the drama I didn’t even care that I saw most of the twists coming well ahead of time. The author did catch me off guard in the very end which was nice after guessing the earlier events. I hate to use this again since I said it just yesterday in another review, but it’s fitting, this had a very Lifetime movie feel and would actually be a great movie.
I Invited Her In in three words: Obsessive, Manipulative and Dramatic.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.