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The Invitation

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Thirteen guests. One killer. No escape.

On an island on the coast of Cornwall, cut off from the mainland by the tides for most of the day, thirteen old friends meet at Tregowan Castle for a weekend of revelry.

By the next evening only twelve are still alive.

Amongst them is a killer – but who? As a storm traps them on the island and past betrayals and grievances are revealed,
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2021 by HQDigital
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Louise Wilson
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
On an island on the coast of Cornwall, cut off from the mainland by the tides for most of the day, thirteen old friends meet at Tregowan Castle for a weekend of revelry. By the next evening only twelve are alive. Amongst them is a killer - but who? A storm traps them on the island and past betrayals and grievances are revealed, nerves are fray and friendships begin to fracture. There's no escape and no way of calling for help.

This whodunit remined me of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were Non
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love discovering new authors and I am a particular fan of the “whodunnit?” stories. Here, Castle really sets the atmosphere with thirteen guests reuniting for Halloween on a remote island, blocked in by terrible weather.

The narrative is a bit confusing to follow at first because of the number of characters we follow. Castle switches perspective at every chapter and it took me a while to remember the different identities and connections. As a result, it did take me a bit of time to get into the
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

Tregowan Castle is the cold and forbidding yet vast and regal home of an old and wealthy family. Their newest member, Rachel, marries into it and brings with it her increased wealthy status, as well as her old university friends and their new families. Thirteen individuals, from all walks of life, will spend an unforgettable Halloween weekend cut off from the rest of civilisation on this island castle, with some of their number never making it off of there alive.

Charlotte Holden
Why do I always go for these kind of thrillers!!!! The classic trope, friends that don’t really get on all go on a holiday together to somewhere isolated and unreachable by the outside world. There’s an Alpha female whose only job is to be bitchy and pretty, a plain Jane (literally), an alcoholic, mother hen and some men that seem to get away unscathed despite being awful characters. Throw in some secrets, infidelity and a murder and that’s basically this thriller along with all the other ones w ...more
Vikki Patis
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Invitation is the perfect example of a locked room mystery. The diverse cast of characters, some you'll just love to hate, and the secrets connecting them all, really drive the story forward and keep the reader guessing. An exciting read, fast-paced and packed full of suspense. ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure who told this person they could write, but they were wrong. This book is laughably bad. The plot itself is okay, there's something to it, but oh my gosh. I can't believe it. The characters are all awful. All of them. None of them are likeable. By the time you find out who the victim is, who cares? Nobody. I'm glad they're dead. And none of them are well-written. The dialogue is so unbelievable, people use the word 'behooves' which I've never heard anyone say in real life.

The exposi
Frosta Wings It
3.5 stars

I'll start with the positives; Castle's ambiance and atmosphere were phenomenal. She really made the island and Castle come to life; her description was straightforward to visualize. The storm was terrific. I felt the claustrophobic and dooming mood that being isolated when a tragedy happens will indeed evoke.

The plot was enough to grab my attention – I love me an isolated setting and a locked room mystery. I will ALWAYS pick up a book that promises to deliver my favourite trope ever. T
Kath Middleton
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is, in effect, a locked room mystery. Four university friends and their families get together around 20 years later on an island cut off twice a day by the tides. One of the four has married the owner of the castle on the island. There’s a huge storm, cutting them off for more than the usual tide times. Then there’s a murder. The characters in this book were very well drawn to the extent that on occasions I could tell who was speaking even if it hadn’t been indicated. I played amateur detec ...more
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A contemporary twist on the locked room thriller made popular by Agatha Christie, The Invitation grips and enthrals from the moment you pick it up. Thirteen friends meet at a castle and whisk themselves away for a fun weekend on a remote island off the Cornish coast. But it certainly isn't going to be any fun for them. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for things to take a turn for the worse. Thirteen friends arrive but only twelve will leave. Who is the killer in their midst? The premise ha ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for the arc of The Invitation by A.M Castle.

4 stars- It is set in Cornwall, England which isn't far from where I live and this is a locked room mystery book.. i love these types of books. This is set on a island within a castle with 13 guest whom are locked up due to the weather as it is a huge storm! And they have no signal on their phones to no internet connection. Landline phone isn't working and the boat has been sabotaged.. so there isn't any way in which to ge
Amanda Clinton
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this book as I love a locked room mystery, and it's set in Cornwall, where I grew up. I assume the island is a fictionalised version of St Michael's Mount.

The story was actually really good, I liked how all the characters had secrets and I didn't guess all of them either. I also didn't guess who the murderer was and I love it when I'm surprised by that. None of the characters were particularly likeable so it was difficult to root for any of them but they did feel real and the
May 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book has a great premise but imo it definitely falls flat. It promises you this spooky island vibes, 13 at dinner situation and many more and then just faild to deliver.

The characters are all one dimentional - a mean girl, a drunk, a plain jane, a mother hen, a manwhore, an angsty teen, and few others you don't need to bother about.
You know who's gonna get killed after like few pages and yet you have to wait forever for them to die (it literally happens after 50% of the book). It's very tir
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To compare a book to the master Agatha Christie is the highest praise that I could give and I would say that this book certainly has that vibe about it. I love a classic who dunnit and one set in an old castle, cut off by the turbulent tides, filled with thirteen guests all with secrets to hide, is irresistible.

A Halloween party has been organised by enigmatic wealthy Rachel, to introduce her old university friends to her new much older husband and his family. Rachel is already a thirty somethin
Karen Barber
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Invitation had the ingredients for a genuine puzzle. Thirteen friends summoned to a remote Cornish island to celebrate the recent wedding of one of their number. Trapped by the weather, they are increasingly unsettled and once one of the party is murdered things get intense.
Rachel has, for the whole time they’ve known her, been the star around which they orbit. Larger than life she is always keen to make an impression...and the chapters from her view at the start make it clear that this trip
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tropy and Trashy read that does not pretend to be better than that - so all with all a lot of fun tbh
Alex Hall
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars if I could
Jason Reed
May 14, 2021 rated it it was ok

I think it's unfair to the reader to classify this book/author on the same page as Agatha Christie. This book is not even close.

The story is pedestrian. There is no sense of suspense. None of the characters are likable. And the ending was terrible. The best part of the book was finishing it.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is just my kind of book.
I was interested by the characters, the location and the mystery.
It's impossible to put down. I had an inkling who might have done it but this changed as I read on and I needed to get to the end quickly!
Give us another book soon AM Castle, please.
Jun 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
The Invitation

I feel bad saying this but I really hated this book.

To begin with...It was much too wordy...the sentences were sometimes so long that I lost track of what was being said...and I struggled with the style of writing in general. It was much too descriptive in some places and lacking in others.

Then..the characters were all vile. There wasn't a single redeeming quality amongst them.

They were also old fashioned stereo types which I was cringing and rolling my eyes at.

The women were pass
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
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It’s the wedding of the century! Socialite and all-round media star, Rachel Cadogan, has married her beau, the young at heart Lord of the Manor, Ross Tregowan. To celebrate their nuptials and introduce Ross to Rachel’s oldest friends, the new Lady of the Manor invites Gita, Jane and Vicky (plus their children and spouses) to a lavish, no expense spared weekend at her brand new abode, Tregowan castle. The castle, situated on the Cornish co
Daniella Clear
If you enjoyed The Guest List by Lucy Foley you will enjoy The Invitation by A.M. Castle. Both had similar vibes - a murder in a remote isolated place and the murderer is amongst the group of people. But whodunnit?? While I can admit that The Invitation was very well written as well as very suspenseful in places, it just wasn't for me. I found it to be rather dull and predictable.

Rachel invites a group of her friends to Tregowan Castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall for a weekend of rev
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was ok

Yet another in the “reunion” genre, which I think is more relevant than the “invitation to an isolated place” genre, which has most people’s attention, most famously exemplified in AC’s Ten Little Whatevers, in venues ranging from the Catalinas to Cambridge. But here, it doesn’t quite work, as Amadeus said to Salieri. The author has talents as writer of comedy of manners, but clearly needed the mystery genre to make the manners gel. The plotting is bungled. Questions rain down. Why didn’t he? W
Jackie Taylor
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to both #NetGalley and HQ Digital for providing me an advance copy of A.M. Castle’s mystery novel, The Invitation, in exchange for an honest review.

#TheInvitation is a locked-room mystery novel about thirteen old friends who are invited to stay Halloween weekend at a castle perched atop a mountain on an island in the middle of the Atlantic. While the book blurb makes it sound as if it is an updated rip-off of Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, it is not.

The story is told fro
S.J. Higbee
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This one is told from the viewpoint of most of the adults who end up at the fateful Halloween party. It is a classic locked-room mystery, where everyone is trapped in the castle on a small island (think of a fictionalised version of St Michael’s Mount) that is only easily accessible when the tide is low and the weather is fine. Which isn’t the case right now, as (wouldn’t you know it?) there is a massive storm raging, add to the general sense of panic and unease.

Castle does a really good job of
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
'Secrets, secrets and even more secrets!'

This proved to be a decent 'whodunnit' murder mystery adventure very much in the mould of Agatha Christie.

Set on a small island, just off the coast of Cornwall, after a 20 year gap 4 female friends and their families come together for a very special Halloween weekend. Little do they know that the black storm clouds are building fast and things are about to take a serious turn for the worse - in fact, it could well prove fatal for one or more of the gather
Lena H.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Are you a fan of Daphne DuMaurier? Agatha Christie? Do you like creepy, gothic novels full of characters with deep, dark secrets? What if we throw in a puppet master who knows everyone's dirt and isn't afraid to drop hints into all the wrong ears?

Thirteen guests were invited to the Halloween party at the isolated castle, each provided with an elaborate costume and a murder weapon. Each of the 13 guests has at least one motive for murder. But who was the killer? The truth seems obvious but as th
Grace J Reviewerlady
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
From an author I've followed for quite some time, this is a novel which totally surprised me!

Thirteen friends meet up at Tregowan Castle in Cornwall, a monument on an island accessible by causeway at the mercy of the tides. This is a gathering for a weekend of fun, laughter and indulgence so when their number is abruptly reduced to twelve, shock and horror reverberates among those remaining. With a storm trapping them on the island, tempers begin to fray and past events are brought to the surfac
Lost Vegas
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 5star
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none” so the recent trend on takes of this setting have been great for me and I’ve truly enjoyed reading them.

This however was my favorite. Obviously we have the island, unreachable but for a few periods of low tide a day. The guests, all old friends from university and their partner’s and children.

Rachel, the host is wealthy and has always been well to do, she’s inviting them to her new castle that she has become an owner of through her r
E Dod
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my first novel by A.M. Castle and I did enjoy this read. I did find it quite hard to get my teeth into as there were many characters but once I got into this novel I liked it.

Slightly reminiscent of Lucy Foley's novel, which I loved, this starts with 13 guests going away for a weekend to Cornwall. Rachel who is newly married, invites her friends to stay in a very big castle and there appears to be a killer amongst them. By the next day there are only 12 people left alive. The main questi
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thirteen guests.. One killer.. No escape while they are trap on a island on the coast of Cornwall, cut off from the mainland by the tides for most of the day.

What can I say.. i hated everyone and absolutely love the book.
The story is very nicely putted together, is told from the perspective of multiple characters that is written in the first person. Usually it's annoying and difficult to keep track of multiple characters but in this novel it's working magic, it's giving you the Agatha Christie's
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