I Invited Her In Adele Parks
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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts today for I Invited Her In by Adele Parks.

I Invited Her In Adele Parks

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (20 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000828461X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008284619


Available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

A gripping story of friendship and betrayal from international best-selling author Adele Parks.

‘I invited her in… and she took everything.’

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies.

Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…

This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.


I snapped at the chance to win a copy of I Invited Her In as Adele Parks is my guilty pleasure read.

The characters are shocking, the storylines are scandalous so I tend to finish her books within a day or two. I Invited Her In did not disappoint.

Melanie, a mother of three children; Liam 17, Imogen 8 and Lily 6.  During university she became pregnant with Liam and left as a single mum. Now as a family of five with husband Ben, the story begins as they are getting ready for school and work, when Melanie receives an email from a friend from university.

Abigail Curtiz sent an email to her friend, as she has recently split up from her husband in America and needs a place to stay. Melanie, intrigued by Abigail, agreed on her stay without thinking about her family and the repercussions of a guest staying long term.

Melanie enjoys Abi’s exciting lifestyle and lack of responsibility, becomes obsessed with her, until she finds a shocking video.

I Invited Her In is full of deception and betrayal, I couldn’t put it down!

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Adele ParksI was born in Teesside, NE England. I enjoyed a traditional 1970’s/80’s childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I’ve worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel – Playing Away – was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and am pretty flattered when I’m described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn’t like that?!) Three million copies of my UK editions have been sold and I’m translated into 26 different languages. I’ve published seventeen novels in seventeen years, and I’m lucky that they’ve all hit the bestseller lists. I have written 16 contemporary novels and two historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, set during and after WW1. All my novels examines issues that are important to us all. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. Whatever period I set my novels I’m known for examining the thorny issues of the lives people lead with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

I write numerous articles and short stories for national magazines and newspapers and often appear on radio and TV talking about my work and related matters. You know, basically a talking head. This works well for me as I’m very chatty and fairly opinionated. I think it’s true to say once I get going, it’s quite hard to shut me up.

I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I’m a proud Ambassador of The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, a scheme that encourages emerging adult readers who are becoming passionate about books. In 2008 I wrote a Quick Read, Happy Families as part of the celebrations of World Book Day, which went on to win Quick Read Learners’ Favourite Award, as voted for by the public.

I am a judge for the Costa Book Awards and The British Book Awards which is a great privilege and an amazing experience. During my career I’ve lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Guildford, Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat. I guess, that’s it, so far…

Connect with Adele Parks


Twitter @adeleparks



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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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