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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 sort ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by MIRA
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
5 stars! I LOVED this book!

Mel and Abi were best friends in university until Mel dropped out due to an unplanned pregnancy, ending their inseparable friendship and all communication between the girls. Seventeen years later, Abi, now a well-known TV personality, shows up on Mel’s doorstep seeking friendship and support after leaving her wealthy and powerful husband. Mel invites Abi to stay in her family home as long as she needs.

This is a tale of love, loyalty, family, revenge, secrets and lies.
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Kendall
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm well... where do I start with I Invited Her In?

With having read MANY thrillers.... it takes a lot to impress this girl right here :). I have read some amazing thrillers this genre but unfortunately this one fell super flat for me.

The premise sounded promising with inviting a long lost girlfriend into your home and her taking everything. But, I was hoping that the author would take a fun spin with this on that tagline. In my opinion, these stories have to have twists, edginess, and keeping
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Nicola Gipson
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Invited Her In ...And She Took Everything ...

Mel Harrison hasn’t seen her old University pal Abi in years. So when she gets in touch by email out of the blue. Mel decides to invite Abi for a visit .. she is excited to catch up with her and relive their old uni days.

Mel had to drop out of uni in her second year due to an unplanned pregnancy while Abi has gone on to be a successful tv presenter in the US.

Mel is now married to Ben.Ben is kind and understanding he met Mel as a single mum to Liam
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Selena
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of I Invited Her In by Adele Parks from NetGalley for my honest review.

Mel and Abi are best friends that share everything. Mel ends up getting pregnant from a one night stand and then everything changes. Mel drops out of school and then Mel and Abi drift apart, living very different lives.

Seventeen years later. Mel is married to Ben and has a wonderful son (Liam) and two beautiful girls (Abi and Imogen). Abi is married to Rob and they have everything they can dream of,
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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British novelist Adele Parks, is the author of almost twenty titles. Her latest is a domestic thriller, titled I Invited Her In. It is a tale of the difficulties of female friendship, envy, revenge and explosive secrets. This was a tantalising read, that I devoured in a short space of time, despite the fact that the book was almost 500 pages!

It is hard to visualise the worst possible thing a friend could do. There are a few options that come to mind, but the
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Helen Power
I invited her in... and she took everything...
Synopsis
Melanie hasn’t heard from her college best friend, Abigail, in over twenty years. But when Abigail calls her up to ask for a place to stay as she divorces her cheating husband, Melanie is thrilled.  She invites her in with open arms, which--as you can probably tell from the book’s title and its assigned genre of “domestic suspense”--isn’t a good thing...

Plot
I was surprised by how slow this book started. I’m used to psychological and domestic
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Tasha and Megan Mahoney
This book was a hard one to review because there were some things, the plot for example, that were brilliant. The story was well conceived and could have been great.

The stumbling block for me was the way the story was told. It could have been shorter because it felt like a lot of the writing was 'fleshing out' rather than relevant content. 

This was one book that for me had a fabulous synopsis and story plan but the actual execution missed the mark for me.

If you are going to do a trope in the sus
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Suddenly I have a better idea. Or, is it a worse one?

I could invite Abi to come and see me here in Wolvney. That way she'd meet the kids and Ben. I've never had the urge for her to meet my family before, quite the opposite, but now she's made this move, and under these circumstances, it seems the right thing to do.

She probably won't accept anyway. I can't imagine her coming all this way out of London. Not that it's far, but there are certain types that think anywhere out of zone three
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Lou
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a twisted, domestic noir all about friendship and betrayal, jealousy and revenge and wanting what you can't have. Unfortunately, it wasn't a book I cared much for, and I wasn't engaged enough to bother what happened to any of the characters. That said, I always try to read to end of each book, and this honestly wasn't bad enough to DNF it, so I continued despite not enjoying it. It's well written, i'll give it that, but the story was one i've read a gazillion times over using well worn ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


E-mailing a long-lost friend about getting together seemed like the right thing to do, and Abi knew Mel wouldn’t resist her plea about needing her.

Abi e-mailed Mel with her story of how her husband had cheated on her and how she wanted to re-connect.

When Abi arrived, it seemed she had more on her agenda than getting re-connected with Mel. I actually sensed the true evilness of her plan. She definitely was an excellent actress.

Abbi kept up her plan since it was working and didn’t seem to want to
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
This was an okay read. The plot isn't bad. But I really disliked the flat, pathetic, cliche characters. Also the tension on the psychological side unfortunately falls short to impress.

There are a few things in the book that made me roll my eyes, and one is the single mum reflection by Mel. First of all: come on Adele Parks. It's year 2018 and no one blames single mums, and excludes them from playgroups. I have raised one son here in the UK and always had single mums in playgroups and never seen
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Adele Shea
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!!!! What a book!!!! This is definitely a must read.

Abi calls upon her university friend Mel for help after finding her husband in bed with another woman. She packs up and flies from her home in LA to Mel's home in England.
Mel has the most happiest of families. That is until Abi steps into their home and blows the lives apart.
Mandy White
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Loved loved loved Joanne Froggatt as the narrator. The story... meh... I found it predictable and a bit long. Heard such good things about it but I was disappointed
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Sometimes, Abi thought that Mel didn’t deserve everything she had, everything she took for granted.

I loved The Stranger In My Home and couldn't wait to read this. The book was a bit of a rollercoaster. It's an interesting and enjoyable read without dull or boring moments. I can't remember reading a thriller with that many turns and lies. As a reader you sit and stare at the pages and wonder what to believe. Adele Parks managed the navigation through this turbulence very well.

Ms. Parks is a maste
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
This was an okay read. The plot isn't bad. But I really disliked the flat, cliche characters. Also the tension on the psychological side unfortunately falls short to impress.

There are a few things in the book that made me roll my eyes, and one is the single mum reflection by Mel. First of all: come on Adele Parks. It's year 2018 and no one blames single mums, and excludes them from playgroups. I have raised one son here in the UK and always had single mums in playgroups and never seen any discri
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was a good read. I was hooked and it just kept getting better with each chapter. I was shaking my head, I was yelling, I was just in awe. I hope that if you are like me and loved reading books wtih all the feels you will pick up a copy of this!
Cheryl M-M
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will start off by saying that unfortunately the greatest opposition and critics of women are often other women. Instead of supporting each other and strengthening a sense of sisterhood we tend to target each other instead.

Not that women can’t have spectacular friendships, the kind that last for decades, but perhaps there are women you shouldn’t invite into your home. Shouldn’t invite them to saunter half-naked in front of your husband and nearly adult son. Perhaps Mel is so blinded by the need
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
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3.5 Stars

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
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Dee
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
It is blatantly obvious what is going on within the first few chapters of this book, but it goes on and on and on with tedious padding in an attempt to drag out the non-existent tension. Terrible story, terrible characters, terribly written. Avoid.
Dennis
3 stars, right down the middle. Mini review time!

I Invited Her In just sounds like a dark psychological thriller, right?! The name alone enticed me into picking it up for February, but I feel as though my palate for these domestic thrillers has officially died by the end of 2018. I'm mentally exhausted reading books that are all focused on similar attributes, with minor deviations in the plot. Mel is a single parent, but also has a loving boyfriend Ben, and her kids are her greatest joy. Rando
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
‘I INVITED HER IN… and she took everything…..’

I Invited Her In is the latest novel from best selling author Adele Parks.

Published on 20th September by HQ Stories, it is described as ‘a gripping story of friendship and betrayal’

Mel is happily married to Ben, working in a high-street clothes shop and living in suburbia. With two little girls and a teenage son, life for Mel is good. Having left college before she completed her degree, due to an unplanned pregnancy, Mel had experienced tough years
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Laura Rash
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ripper of a page turner! This was engrossing from the first chapter until the very end with a unique story that changed so often it had me rereading to be sure I read what I did. This was a first for this author for me but I’m definitely backtracking to see what else she has.
Sara Eames
2.5 stars


I usually enjoy Adele Parks, but could not get on with this book. This was more of a domestic drama than a psychological thriller. Also, -n my opinion, the book contained the following problems:

CHARACTERS:the majority of the characters annoyed me one way or another - Mel was so wet she should have drowned in a puddle of her own making; Abigail was a pantomime villain; Rob was of no significance until it was suddenly decided he'd better play a bigger part in the drama; Liam was an idiot
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Lydia Bailey
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I’ve loved & devoured all of Adele Park’s books so far & this was no exception. I’d read a couple of reviews saying this one has a slow start but if you’re familiar with her writing you know it’s a setting of a scene & you can just feel the tension simmering under the surface. I was waiting with baited breath for lives to start unravelling & unravel they certainly did! Whilst the first twist is fairly easy to predict what follows after that certainly isn’t. I found it ‘unput ...more
Sarah
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was a very good read. I really enjoyed the multiple twists in the story even though I’d already figured most of them out by the time they were revealed. The book started off really well and I was hooked but then it got a little boring in the middle and I became less interested in reading the book but it picked up eventually and I became hooked again. It was a really well thought out story and I really enjoyed it. I did think the book went on way too long. It didn’t hold my inte ...more
TracieB♠️
To be honest and probably in the minority here, but i found this book really tough to get into, i put it on hold and read a couple of other books and then came back to it, i sadly just wasn't gripped, i didn't really like either Mel or Abi and not only did i guess the 2 twists i just found it all to to be just too predictable.

But saying that i have heard good things about Parks books so i am still keen to read something else, i hate leaving negative reviews but sometimes not all books do it for
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Kathryn
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Abi and Melanie met at University and were roommates nearly twenty years past. Then Melanie dropped out of school, when she became pregnant. They lost touch living different lives and different goals. Abi became a famous television personality in the U.S.. Melanie went on to find love, grow a family and works a job to help with expenses. Abi reaches out when her marriage and as a result her career fall apart. Can she spend a little down time with Melani
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Kat Dietrich
3.5 stars

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin-MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:
Two girls, best friends in university. They lost touch. It’s been 17 years.

Abigail marries Rob, her university heart-throb, and goes on to be a television star in the U.S., with her director husband. Dream job, dream home, dream t
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Cassie-Traveling Sister-
I Invited Her In....And She Took Everything.. “Sometimes, Abi thought that Mel didn’t deserve everything she took for granted.” Wow what a description for a book! I knew when I read that, this was going to be my type of book. Mel Harrison hasn’t seen her longtime friend from her university days Abi, since Mel had left after getting pregnant from a one night stand and had to leave to raise her baby. Mel decides to invite Abi after receiving an email explaining she’s going through a divorce after ...more
Glynis
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adele Parks.....She invited Her In

I am happy to admit. I have never read an Adele Parks novel before, always believing they are just chicklit or romance. Neither of which are really my cup of tea so I thought I would just give her a try.

Well THANK YOU Netgalley and the publisher. I was bowled over, a fantastic storyline so much so I was reading far into the wee hours. with a very large glass of wine. A superb read and it won’t now be my first and last Adele Parks.
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Adele Parks was born in Teesside, NE England. She studied English Language and Literature, at Leicester University. She published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified Adele as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch.’ Indeed Playing Away was the debut bestseller of 2000.
Prolific, Adele has published nine novels in nine years, including Game Over, Tell Me
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