Today is my spot on the blog tour for I Invited Her In by Adele Parks.
About the Book
I invited her in… and she took everything.
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 university.
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 husband 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.
Oh. My. Goodness. This book.
It’s not often that I read adult books, but I love Adele’s work and this book sounded amazing. It did not disappoint.
Mel and Abi were close at uni, but they drifted apart after Mel had a baby; Liam was the result of a one night stand and was born whilst they were still studying, changing Mel’s life forever. Mel is now happily married to Ben, and has two other children. She hasn’t heard from Abi in years, until an email arrives: Abi is getting divorced and will be coming to the area. So, of course, Mel invites her to stay. How could she not?
Abi is quite a character. She’s glamorous and outgoing, she is angry about her husband cheating (seems reasonable) and she is out for revenge. She and Mel are almost opposites, but the connection between them is instant and they pick up almost where they left off. Mel’s personality changes a lot when Abi is around. She drinks more, goes out more, stays up late chatting, and seems to be trying to recover her youth. Ben wants Abi to go, he wants his house and his wife back. This causes tension in the house and Ben and Mel start to argue more. Then out of nowhere Liam (Mel’s son) starts to ask awkward questions about his biological father.
There is a lot of tension in this book, and the characters all seem to be holding onto some deep secrets. This makes for great reading. this story is gripping and it unravels slowly, told in alternate chapters from the perspectives of Abi and Mel. It has great themes of betrayal, friendship and revenge. There were amazing twists: every time I thought I knew where this book was going, it proved me wrong. If you like a story with a jaw-dropping twist, this is the book for you.