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I Invited Her In

Written by: Adele Parks
Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy, and revenge from Sunday Times best-seller Adele Parks.

©2019 Adele Parks (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Absolutely Fabulous

Adele Parks writes a awesome book once more! So much of this book I could relate to and she had me giggling out loud quite a few times. Joanne Froggat makes this audible book, I absolutely love her reading to me, I get so engrossed that my cleaning day goes by in a flash. Great writer, reader and story, thank you

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Good listen but predictable.

it was a good story but every twist and turn was predicted. There was no shock not one. If this was a physical book I would have given up half way through to skip to the end to see if my prediction was correct, which it would have been and disappointment would insue. This reader used great influction with her voice.

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Couldn't finish

It's only down to Joanne Froggatt's narration that I got through as much of this as I did. I could not find anything in the female characters that I liked. I found Melanie gullible and wet and Abby just downright mean and vindictive. I actually gave up on it. Something I've only ever done twice in my life before! I hate to write such a bad review - I hardly ever do, on anything

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Exceptional performance & relatable characters

Wow. I was beyond amazed by Joanne Froggatt’s performance. I literally couldn’t wait to write this review 1 chapter in. She brought the characters into my home and made them so very real, each with their own voice, tone and pace. It was mesmerizing. The story itself was great. I read reviews before I purchased it that it was predictable and they’re right for about 90% of it. But I think you’re supposed to predict some elements, because it’s so real, and you’re meant to live in the details of the moment with the characters. Adele Parks wrote such real persons that my anger and frustration became real too, I had to put it down for a few days to cool off and I have never had that experience with a book before. For anyone looking for a groping story and well developed characters, this is for you! If you don’t want to be truly angered, I suggest you skip this. But the performance alone is worth the pain.

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Predictable but addicting!

It was a great story and even though I found it predictable for the most part I could not stop listening. The narrator did a great job and kept me hooked.

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Predictable

The narrator in this book kept you listening but unfortunately the story line was extremely predictable. It was a good book don't get me wrong but I didn't like the characters, the ending, the gullibility of Mel, ect.. not what I had thought.

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Main characters irritating throughout

Melanie has no backbone and is irritatingly weak minded, gullible and oblivious to reality. Abegail is deviant with no redeeming qualities. The storyline was predictable for the most part and not very believable. I didn’t like either women and either ones demise could bother me less. I felt bad for the male characters and rooted for Liam in the end.

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-02-08

Excellent story, highly recommend

This book is excellent, well thought out and it unravels at a steady pace, as it’s quite long (although, after the book there is an hour long interview with the author which is very interesting and enlightening). The story is hands down domestic noir with hints of mystery and thrill. You’ll figure out or be able to speculate what’s happening early on but this might be more of a strategic intention by the author. This works for the plot because the mysteries in this book aren’t to find the truth or who did what or what exactly occurred — its suspenseful because you’re on eggshells wondering when and how the characters will react. There were times where the characters were irritating and I couldn’t stand them, but I think it just speaks to good writing as the character development is vast and thorough so all their decisions and actions make sense. Lastly, the narrator does a phenomenal job of narrating and projecting poignant emotions and attitudes.

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  • R. Evans
  • 2019-02-12

Not suspenseful enough

I love Joanne Froggatt. I bought this book because of her. Domestic suspense is one of my guilty pleasure genres. I thought I would love this book. However, I was really disappointed. It was extremely predictable, no real twists or suspense. It did hold my attention because I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, which never really did. And I thought the attempt at character redemption at the end was lame, it didn’t fit in at all with what we were shown throughout the book.

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  • jessica
  • 2019-02-26

couldn't even finish

ughhh. this could have been such a twisted, psychological thriller but the story fell absolutely flat. it was terribly executed. i actually grew to dislike the main character, melanie. i had no love for her. there was no creativity in the writing and many scenes in the book were just useless and boring. the rain fell on this spark before it could do anything. i couldn't even bring myself to finish it. literally, i have maybe a few chapters left, but guessed the entire plot right in the beginning. and like i said, the story was just told in such a boring way. very disappointed. would not recommend.

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  • Ed Ward
  • 2019-02-23

meh

Let me save you some time without spoiling anything. Melony lets an old friend from school move in with her and her husband. She hasn't seen her in 17 years. Now, skip to chapter 30 or so.

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  • Christalpistol
  • 2019-04-17

Joanne Froggatt!!!!

Is the best narrator ever in my book. I saw this book in my recommendations and I almost overlooked it because the art they chose looked cheesy but as soon as I saw Joanne F was the narrator I didn’t even read the synopsis I bought it immediately as the last and only book she narrated was so darn good! I listened to it in two days, a record I think!

This book filled me with rage so much so I was shaking at times in fury. And thankfully no one was at home when I was yelling at the characters while cooking dinner! This book brings a whole new meaning to the adage ‘hell hath no fury...’

The narration is top notch, but the book itself is a slow burn and I actually think it could have been edited much shorter. For the first half I was wondering if they were ever going to get to the meat of the story, but when it does it’s a wild ride. I had to keep telling myself it’s just a book because I was entirely too embroiled in the story. The concept was new to me which was refreshing because so many thrillers these days go by a similar formula and insist an implausible twist is what readers want. This book is worth a credit for Joanne’s narration alone!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Connie
  • 2019-04-24

predictable story

each turn in the story was too predictable. I listened to the story because I love hearing Joanne froggatt.

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  • Robin Pifer
  • 2019-09-13

Kind of easy to figure out..

But, still a fun read. Save it for the beach or a long plane ride.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-09-04

Thriller?

I think I would have been happier with this book if I didn’t go into it expecting a thriller. If anything it reminded me of a soap opera and a rather unbelievable one at that. The narrator did a good job, I would listen to more things by her, but I think I’m going to have to pass on anything else by this author.

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  • SHINE
  • 2019-08-19

Couldn't Stop Listening!

This book was an incredible read! I finished it in two days! There were so many unexpected twists that kept the book exciting. The narration was impeccable. I can't wait to read more by Adele Parks and you won't be disappointed with this title.

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  • Betty
  • 2019-07-24

Satisfying story and superb narration

The story is interesting and gripping, and the end very satisfying. The narration is by the superb Joanne Froggatt.