Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Review: I Invited Her In by Adele ParksTitle: I Invited Her In
Author: Adele Parks
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: February 5, 2019

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: I INvited Her In

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks is a thriller that is quite a head trip. The book is an interesting look at families and friendship. It is a fairly enjoyable read, although the main character is not one that I find relatable.

It is always hard to review a thriller because so much can be given away about the plot. I Invited Her In starts off with what seems as a typical rekindling of a friendship. As the story progresses, however, it becomes quite clear that Abi and Mel ‘s relationship is not as it appears.

❀ Interesting Family Dynamics

One aspect that is really interesting to read about in the novel are the dynamics of Mel’s family. Parks created a believable and intriguing blended family that the reader can feel right at home with. As their houseguest stays for much longer than anticipated, the strain on the family is one that is identifiable to anyone who has been in a similar situation.

At first, I found Mel to be a fun and compelling character. However, when the plot starts to thicken, I found myself not able to connect with her at all. Her actions just don’t feel typical of the character that Parks developed in the beginning.

❀ Intriguing Concept

The concept of I Invited Her In is very intriguing. I found the theme of family that Parks explored to be very entertaining. However, the main character is quite hard to make a connection with due to her actions.

About Adele Parks

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Born in Teesside, England in 1969, Adele Parks studied English at the University of Leicester and has now sold over 3 million copies of her novels. In fact, every single book she has published has been a bestseller in the UK.

An ambassador for The Reading Agency and supporter of the National Literacy Trust, Adele is also a patron of the Guildford Book Festival - the city in which she now lives. Specialising in romantic fiction, many of Adele's books are currently being adapted into film scripts.

23 thoughts on “Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

  1. Dianna says:

    I saw this and at first thought I’d love it — thrillers are my favorite lately — but have seen some iffy reviews. Not sure if I’ll read it.

  2. SOphie says:

    I find it very hard to enjoy a story when I can’t relate to the main character… But I suppose a solid storyline and writing style can do wonders. I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part! Thrillers can be super hit and miss for me so I’m not sure I’ll be picking this one up, although you have certainly made me intrigued.
    Lovely review 🙂

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    This sounds interesting. It is odd that the MC is the odd one out, when you would think the one hardest to relate to would be the unwanted guest. That just makes it more interesting.

  4. Calvin says:

    Rather odd book, I think it could have been executed better. Nice concept for the story though. A for effort

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