Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for The Invitation by Rachel Abbott published by Bookouture. Happy publication day Rachel.
The Invitation by Rachel Abbott
Release Date: 16th of April 2020
Print Length: 374 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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That’s the thing about old friends… they never let you forget.
The first time Jemma and Matt were invited to Polskirrin – the imposing ocean-view home belonging to Matt’s childhood friend Lucas Jarrett – it was for an intimate wedding that ended in tragedy. Jemma will never forget the sight of the girl’s pale body floating listlessly towards the rocky shore.
Now, exactly one year later, Jemma and her husband have reluctantly returned at Lucas’s request to honor the anniversary of an event they would do anything to forget.
But what Lucas has in store for his guests is nothing like a candlelight vigil. Someone who was there that night remembers more than they’ll admit to, and Lucas has devised a little game to make them tell the truth.
Jemma believes she and Matt know nothing about what happened to that woman… but what if she’s wrong? Before you play a deadly game, make sure you can pay the price…
**Also published as The Murder Game**
Wow Wow Wow! This is one deviously wicked read that still has my head spinning! Where do I even begin with this outstanding piece of work? Whatever I next say will not do this book justice, but here it goes. The Invitation is one invite that you must accept and read in 2020 if you dare…
Rachel immediately drew me into this web of lies, secrets and deceit and I could not tear myself away and devoured this book it in one sitting. I could not flip the pages on my kindle fast enough and if I had of been reading the paperback, there would have been a number of paper cuts. I actually had to force myself to slow down and take a breath so I would not miss anything.
I am not going to rehash the plot in this review as the blurb does its job here and I don’t want to accidentally give something away in my excitement, but I will say which I didn’t realise, is that it is the second instalment in the Stephanie King series. There is no doubt that this can be read as a standalone and Rachel does give the reader a bit of background into Stephanie and Gus. I will be going back and reading And So It Begins so I can get a bit more insight into Stephanie’s character.
The characters are a diverse bunch in this story and have been written so well and Rachel has you second-guessing each of them right to the very end. Though not all likable, they were very believable in the roles they were given to play. I enjoyed Stephanie’s character and look forward to getting to know more about her and her relationship with Gus in future books.
If there ever was an author that is the perfect match to the psychological thriller genre, Rachel is it! The way she is able to get into the readers head and mess with it is nothing short of amazing. The tension and suspense that is also built up throughout had me on the edge of my seat and if that wasn’t enough there are twists and turns aplenty to keep you on your toes!
Ok, so now I must confess and say that this is the first book I have read from Rachel. I know right, I couldn’t believe it either after I read this book. I am so glad and excited that I have now been exposed to her work and I am now the proud owner of her back catalogue, which I can’t wait to get stuck in and read. I also can’t wait to read what she comes up with next and will be eagerly awaiting it.
The Invitation is a fast-paced chilling read that will have you hooked right from page one until its thrilling conclusion. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Invitation which I can’t recommend highly enough and is one of my best books for 2020!
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Rachel Abbott for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Invitation which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Rachel
Rachel Abbott was born just outside Manchester, England, and spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company. After her company was sold in 2000, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition of buying and restoring a property in Italy. She now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time.
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