- Title I Invited Her In
- Author Adele Parks
- Year 2018
- Genres Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
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... 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.
This psychological thriller tells the story of a very dysfunctional family dealing with a lot of history that was considered buried. The trouble is, the two big twists are both so obvious right from the start, that for most of the first half of the book, you’re just waiting for it to happen. I’ll admit that I didn’t see just how far it was going to go, nor how the ending would pan out, but for the most part, you’re not really left guessing.
I was also a bit uncomfortable with the switch between narrators - just one, our main protagonist Melanie, is written in the first person, and the rest in the third. Which felt weird. However, it’s a serviceable story with a good structure, and I did think the ending worked well.
Rating: 2 / 5