Book Review: I Invited Her In, by Adele Parks

Publication date: September 20th, 2018

Published by: HQ

Pages: 384 

ISBN: 9780778369219



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…

This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is a thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.


I don’t even know how to start this review. I was really disappointed by Adele Parks as I read only good reviews for her new book, I Invited Her In. Definitely, I didn’t share the same views about this book as the others. 

I don’t want to say it is a horrible book, but I had a hard time reading it. It felt like ages until I read the last page. I struggle a lot to finish it. 

Unreliable characters and the main character, Melanie, is quite annoying. I felt there was too much about the story; somehow, it didn’t feel real.

Maybe I will give it another change in a couple of years, but now, unfortunately, my rating is only two stars. In the meantime, I will search for another book written by Adele and read it. I am sure I won’t have the same thoughts about all her books. 

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