Author: Adele Parks
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Release Date: 20 September 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
My Rating: ****
Today it is my great pleasure to join the blog tour for Adele Parks’s new novel ‘I Invited Her In’. My thanks to the publisher HQ Digital for the advance copy for review and for inviting me to join the tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies.
Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.
Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…
This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.
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This book is laid out with chapters devoted to the main characters within this story, primarily told from Mel and Abi’s points of views. There is the odd chapter thrown in from other characters in the book as well which help to round the story out and I enjoyed hearing how the other character’s were dealing with the various twists and turns this story presents and it helped me as the reader view the story from all angles.
Abi is your typical mother, going about the daily routines, getting the kids ready for school, cleaning the house, ironing her husbands shirts. I really liked Abi as a character, she was presented with a difficult choice very early on in life and she made the right decision for her and made the best life she could for her and her child. Mel feels like she missed out on her youth by getting pregnant so young and yearns for some excitement.
In walks Abi, sassy, exciting, vibrant, and everything Mel wishes, or thinks she wishes, she could be. Abi is one of those characters you love to hate. You know there’s something wrong with her and that her motives are not entirely pure, yet you don’t want her to stop being the way she is as it makes for such good reading! Abi enters Mel’s home and entirely takes over, she smokes in the house and encroaches on Mel and her husbands private space yet because Mel is so enthralled with catching up on the girly chats and gossip that she missed out on in her teen years she lets it happen. I can’t imagine I would be so accommodating to someone who so very clearly is taking the p*ss.
The situation between Abi, Mel and her family escalates fairly quickly. I must admit, I quite early on realised one of the big plot twists in this book, however, this did not stop me for one moment wanting to read on. Abi is such a manipulative character that I was desperate to see what games and tricks she had up her sleeve.
I feel that the phrase ‘the grass is not always greener on the other side’ applies here. If only Mel could have realised that she had a loving husband, great kids, and a lovely home, then maybe she wouldn’t have felt there was a gap that needed filling, and in turn maybe wouldn’t have let Abi insert herself into their lives so easily.
In a way i’m glad she did though, as it made for a gripping read. The author has a very easy to read style that makes you think ‘just one more chapter’. There were some very clever plot twists, and each event leads nicely into the next with each part distinctly meshing together to create the final story. This is the first book I have read by Adele Parks and I can see why she is a best seller. Highly recommend for psychological thriller fans.
About the Author
Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had seventeen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa and is a keen supporter of The National Literary Trust. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, son and cat.
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