Today iI’m pleased to be joining the blog tour for Invite Me In. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book via Netgalley.
To those who think they know her, Eliza Curran has it all: two healthy children, a stunning home and a wealthy, adoring husband. No one would guess the reality of her life: trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling man, she longs for a way out.
When she takes on a new tenant, her life changes unexpectedly. Dan Jones is charming and perceptive, and quickly becomes a close friend to the whole family.
But Dan’s arrival threatens to tip Eliza’s fragile world out of balance. And when someone has as many secrets as Eliza does, the smallest slip could destroy everything . . .
I’ve read a few of Emma Curtis’ books now, but Invite Me In is a little more of a slow burn than the others. It turns out that Curtis can do this type of writing well too, as she sows seeds of doubt, gives us red herrings and places massive elephants in the room. I wanted to know what everyone’s stories were and I wanted to keep reading until I got to the bottom of it.
Our central character is Eliza and I will admit to feeling quite a bit of sympathy for her as there are elements of her situation that are quite close to home for me. But like every good narrator, she’s not as reliable as she might be. She’s an alcoholic, she doesn’t always remember things and she’s vulnerable. I wanted to believe her all the way through but I was never completely sure that I could.
About two thirds of the way through, it becomes clear that there will be no more slow burn and suddenly the whole plot explodes into life. I loved seeing how everything unravelled and I was holding on to my seat for dear life. There were so many revelations and twists and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out.
Invite Me In is available from Amazon.
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