You know when you hear that a book will keep you up all night? I guessed from maybe 2 pages in that this was going to be the case. You’ll pick this book up because the cover alone tells you that the boat is going to rock fairly quickly into it and you want to have a front row seat when that starts to happen.
Since I began reviewing, I’ve read books that I may never have picked up in a shop. This has been a really great thing but I forgot how much I love books like this. I’d have bought I Invited Her In for myself and, I’m ashamed to say, it is my first book by this author.
When I read the list of the other 17 UK bestsellers she’s written (since 2000 by the way – that’s a book a year!), I recognised more than a few. So, I’ll be hunting some of those down.
If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be that it is very convincing, sensitive, really well plotted out and utterly engrossing.
It made me cry and feel a whole range of emotions because it is a really unsettling story. You explore what it’s like to want what you can’t have and the jealously, and often times revenge, that can bring.
I want to go into so much more detail but I’d better not, right? You’ll totally want to read this one yourself. Just imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do and then trust me when I tell you that this is worse.
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. 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 partner 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.
Oh, as an aside for anyone who may get audible books, you might be interested to know that I Invited Her In will be read by English actress Joanne Froggatt who played lady’s maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.
I Invited Her In is available from Sept 20th from www.amazon.co.uk
Jennie Scanlan, Mother of Dragons (well actually, 1 teen, 1 tween and a Ronaldo wannabe), rugby coach and eternal dreamer. Jennie loves nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of her books and her Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T she is not shy of an opinion or a or letting you know what passions stir her body and mind.
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