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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks @adeleparks @harlequinbooks

I Invited Her In 
by Adele Parks

Thank you to MIRA for these advanced copies.

Publisher: MIRA
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
432 Pages
Genres: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

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. 

My Review:

With friends like these, who needs enemies!! I think we've all had that person at some point in our lives that we looked up to or who awed us and wish we could be like.  Whether younger, older, a peer... that person just has this extra special shine.  As you get older, you realize that what seems to perfect rarely is.

Mel and Abi have such a relationship and it's funny how the tables can turn, what manipulations will manifest and how twisted the mind can be to make you only see what you want and to justify the actions that are taken.

I honestly found this book to be highly predictable - absolutely nothing shocked me and yet I could NOT put this down either.  The writing is easy, it flows and even when I knew what was coming, I was still anticipating HOW it would all play out.  Mothers are FIERCE!  Friendships are glass that can easily crack. Bitches be CRAZY.

Honestly, this domestic drama - I didn't find this to be quite "thrillery" enough for the genre - is a bit insane and I absolutely adored all of it.  Need a quick page turner on how opposites attract in a friendship where obsession is not always one sided? Then absolutely pick this one up and get involved.


Jessica's Review:

More domestic thrillers for 2019! I'm a big fan of the domestic thriller genre because there are many directions the authors can go with them. I INVITED HER IN by Adele Parks examines the complicated past of the friendship between Abi and Mel. A college friendship that needed to stay buried along with the memories between them.

One day Mel receives an email from a college friend, Abi. Someone she hasn't heard from in years, and would have liked to have kept it that way. Abi is desperate for a place to stay as she gets some personal things figured out. Wouldn't you let an old friend stay for a couple of days? Mel quickly comes to regret this decision.

I think this is a great thriller for those that are new to the thriller genre. While I did figure this one out about midway through the book, that didn't take away from the book for me. I know that this is one that has a lot of readers divided (which always makes for great discussions), and I can understand why. This was a relatively quick read and I enjoyed it! I loved the writing and how Parks illustrated their complicated friendship for us - nothing felt too fake or over the top. I will definitely be going back to find more from Parks!

4/5 stars

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