REVIEW – I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

I Invited Her In

Published February 5,  2019 by Mira Books


I had this novel on my list of upcoming books that I really wanted to read so when I won a copy through Goodreads, I was excited.

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do”

 “This is worse”

Those two lines had me quite intrigued!

Mel is a happily married mother of three. Before she met her husband Ben, it was just her and her son, Liam against the world. Then she married Ben and they had two children together.

One day Mel is scrolling through her email when a familiar name catches her eye stopping her in her tracks. The email’s subject line says “It’s been too long”.   The message is from her old University friend, Abigail Curtiz.  Mel remembers how supportive Abi had been when Mel got pregnant with Liam. But they haven’t seen each other in over 17 years.

After a moment’s hesitation, she opens the message….

Eventually, she will regret opening that email.

It turns out Abi is getting divorced and is coming home to London for a visit. She asks Mel if she would like to meet for a drink. Mel is unsure about meeting Abi. It’s been so long and they’ve led very different lives. But then she impulsively invites Abi to come to see her and meet her family. She’s pretty sure Abi won’t accept the invite.

“You could come for the day or stay for a weekend. Well, whatever works, stay as long as you like!”

Mel receives an almost immediate response from Abi telling her she’d LOVE to visit. Mel is surprised but also excited.

Abi arrives and the two old friends enjoy catching up. However. Abi takes Mel’s “stay as long as you like” to heart. Time passes and Abi doesn’t appear to be making plans to leave. Mel doesn’t want to push Abi into leaving. Her husband Ben, on the other hand, has different feelings about the entire situation.

Mel has always been fascinated by Abi’s life.  But is Abi’s life really so wonderful?

Then EVERYTHING changes after one of their Girl’s Night Out.

Most of the story is told from Mel and Abi’s point of view, but there are also chapters told from other characters perspectives. I figured out a few things early on, but I was still shocked as some things were revealed. The characters in this story triggered many emotions in me. Abi is one of those characters that many readers may love to hate.

I did feel like the novel could have been a bit shorter. There was a lot of detail and there were times I found myself skimming through the pages.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting domestic suspense novel about friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge.

I’d like to thank MIRA for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.


25 thoughts on “REVIEW – I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

  1. Ha! A lesson never to say “stay as long as you like” to anyone! So many books at the moment are overlong for their story – I often find myself skimming through pages too.


  2. The premise is interesting. I am not very social so I get nervous around visitors.I can’t imagine being stuck with someone who just don’t want to leave 😀 Fab review, Dee. This sounds interesting despite the somewhat slow/repetitive sections.

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    • I’m the same way. I’m one of those people who has a REALLY hard time if people just drop in. I like to know well ahead of time and almost want to know when the visit is going to end 😉
      This definitely was still a good read in many ways and I think lots of readers will enjoy it.
      I hope you have some good ones right now!
      Happy reading 🙂


  3. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who gets bogged down in too much detail. I also start skimming pages if it take multiple pages to set the scene. Too much detail takes away from the meat of the story!

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  4. Great review! Sometimes there are just too many details and descriptions… I like them, but not if they become distracting. Skimreading is never a good sign. 😉

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  5. Great review Dee. I enjoy a domestic thriller, but agree that sometimes the extra details detract instead of add to the story. It sounds like a good one. Never, ever tell someone they can stay as long as they like.

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  6. The premise sounds terrific and I love your review. I’ve been bogged down lately with books that just seem to drag so I completely understand what you mean. They are good, they just need some cutting here or there.

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