Hagen Carmichael's Review // I Invited Her In - Adele Parks
I Invited Her In // Adele Parks
Publication: February 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller; Women's Contemporary Fiction
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 bestsellerAdele Parks.
From the first few pages, I was invested in this story. I loved Mel and her relationship with Ben. Their life with two young daugthers and teenage son, Liam, seemed ideal, if a tiny bit boring.
We soon met Abi, Mel's old friend and glamorous houseguest, who was sure to make sure Mel's life would not be considered boring any longer. She flew into Mel's life like a tornado, uprooting their routines, making each night an excuse to imbibe in bottles of wine, and allowing Mel to feel some excitement.
Long buried secrets, tangled and intense relationships, and chaos inevitably ensues. Many twists keep the reader fully engaged, and the end of the novel is especially rewarding.
If you're able to listen to this novel through Audible, be sure to listen to author interview. Parks explains how she creates such vivid and well-developed characters who seem like people you could know. It's incredible insight into the writing process.