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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.
Rachel Abbott never disappoints and this is no exception. I love her characterisation and the players in this story are indeed diverse and intense and you will be dragged into, and feel the tension surrounding the characters. The plot zig zags at a fast pace and had me guessing to the end. I wasn't quite sure how the sub plots would play out but Rachel as always weaved the stories beautifully. Had me totally engrossed and I read it in a day and a half. I've now read every book from this author and I can happily recommend each and every one of them.
I rarely leave a review however I would not want anyone else to waste their time or money reading this dreadful book. The characters had no depth and there was barely any back story so you had no empathy for or interest in them. The plot was ludicrous and completely unbelievable and the author spent most of the time asking questions ..."why is he doing that."? "what does she mean?"etc. A good author builds the story and lets the reader form the questions themselves instead of spelling the whole thing out in this lazy way.
I have read all of Rachel Abbott's books but sadly they are just getting worse and worse and I will not be reading any more. Lazy, unbelievable and a complete waste of time .
I’d urge prospective readers to look at the lower starred reviews. I’ve not read any books by this author and having read this, I’ve missed nowt. I won’t be bothering with any more. The storyline was so, so plodding and slow; the characters flimsy, particularly the police- Stephanie and Gus. I can’t believe that the series is built around Stephanie King. She’s about as police minded as a baby in a pram. Also, the idea behind the plot stretches credibility to the very limit. The main question throughout is, ‘who did what to who and why’. Well.....I’m still not sure despite the author’s use of an epilogue to clarify- which it doesn’t. Hogwash. Not Recommended.
In my opinion, this is not Rachel Abbott's best work and I have thoroughly enjoyed every other book she has written. From the beginning, I found the whole thing very uncomfortable. Maybe she meant the reader to feel uncomfortable. Difficult to have any empathy with any of the characters and the ending, even though I had partly worked it out , was terribly contrived and hugely complicated.
I am actually revising my original review. I made on of the most fundamental and stupid mistakes I have ever made. What makes it worse much as to a Rachael ABbott book I did itveith. One of the best author's of all time. I actually based the book on Stephanie King and not what the book was actually about. Lucas, Alex, and everyone else who was invited to the wedding of lucas Although him and his fiancee had slipped off the day beyond actually got married. During the weekend of the wedding lucas,s sister was found dead Leading up to her death it was obvious the people where hiding something to do with her. Like Alex as everyone talking around the dinner table and lucas of anyone though his sister's name up certain people were trying to change the subject. Alex who had taken his wife with him she had not met Lucas or anyone there not even Lucas’s 'sister so when one of the other friends asked in what’s happened in a certain situation with him and Lucas’s sister. He would just say nothing of changed the subject..later when Alex and his wife were.alone! She would ask him about things would not answer and go.for a walk you could feel tension building up it became very atmospheric.you just knew it was not just Alex not wanting to talk about about her. One year later everyone was invited back wanted to to return..Alex wife for one when she told Alex she didn’t want to go, he said they had too because it's what Lucas wants Lucas gets what he wants does he, was her cynical comment. It was a really good powerful BOOK with a lot of secrets and lies, with twists and turns that could lead you anywhere. I know each time I had a suspect I was changing my mind to someone else. I was almost sure until another twist. I then would focus on someone else, telling myself yes this time I was, right this time without a doubt, then Ms Abbott would throw another curve ball. Which then twist and turn to whoever next. No I thought it could not be him honestly when I say full of twists and turns I meant it With all the dark secrets. The atmosphere, twist and turns made it a compulsive powerful dark read. Worthy of the shocking climax it reaches. It's a must read. Thank you to Rachel Abbot. For answering my comment further more for being so understanding for such a stupid error I had made. God only knows where my head goes off to sometimrs. However my deepest apologies.I make no excuses what's so ever. My mistake I own it. I did wonder at one point of it was something to possibly threw me of my game was anything yo.do with reaction from .treatments. I do know it's played absolute havoc with my memory No not blaming that it's not a excuse I missed it my error.
Like all Rachel's books, this is compelling reading. As with the previous Stephanie King novel, this is a psychological thriller and perhaps not as grounded in reality as her Tom Douglas novels. A group of people find themselves back at the same venue and with the same host as they had visited one year before when a tragedy occurred. The events of the previous year result in the peril they find themselves in. I had a good idea of what had happened before the denouement but, unlike another reviewer, did not feel the ending was especially contrived. The book was highly enjoyable to read and I really wanted to read on to see if I was right. If you like reading Lucy Foley's Hunting Party, you will like this as there is a similar feel of built up suspense and lurking threat.
This is my eighth Rachel Abbot novel, so I imagine that I'm starting at least to be counted as a fan. I think the novels vary in quality, but all I have found worth reading. Until I met this book, 'And So It Begins' was decidely my favourite. The 'Murder Game' rises above them all. It is Agatha Christie at her very best, in the twenty first century. Don't expect realism and plausibility, but suspend disbelief and surely you will be enraptured with this wonderful psychological thriller. We start at Polskirrin, a near-stately home, where a collection of well-heeled characters gather to celebrate the wedding of Lucas Jarrett and his wife-to-be, Nina. The small select group of guests comprise Lucas' friends: Andrew and his wife, Chandra, Matt and his wife Jemma, the twins Nicholas and Isabel and Lucas' younger sister, the enigmatic Alex. Jump forward precisely one year and the title comes powerfully to light. Events, full of twists, turns and undercurrents move on apace until even the police are drawn in, albeit in a somewhat muted role. The final twist and denoument is very cleverly accomplished. I love the central idea behind the plot, and here I find the characters more original and vitally alive than in Tom and Becky series of novels. As we go into December, this is without doubt my thriller of the year.
Not her best work at all. I have read all her previous book and though of the highly. This one was just a hard pill to swallow. Story too predictible, too unlikely, too flat. Stephanie King is not a character you feel drawn into or grow fond of. Flat, borring, not special or memorable in anyway. Actually, she barely even turn up in the book.
I much prefer the Tom Douglas series, where you actually know and like the main character and the stories are much more complex and thrilling.
This book feels like simply written just to be written, published and paid for. Feels not thought through, nurtured and not close to the author's heart as her other creations. Just another cheque to cash in. That's it.