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The Invite

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The Invite by Sheryl Browne centers around Kaitlin and Greg who are newly engaged. 
Greg has planned a birthday party for Kaitlin and her friend Zoe is coming back from Portugal to attend. 
Zoe is shocked to find Kaitlin and Greg engaged and thinks they are moving way to quickly. 
Kaitlin and Zoe argue and Zoe storms off into the night. Zoe is now missing. 
Where is Zoe? Did something happen to her? Is she just cooling off from her argument with Kaitlin?
The remaining story involves Zoe's disappearance and who is or isn't possibly involved. It is told in multiple points of view at different times, which was confusing sometimes. There are also multiple sub plots going on.

I generally liked this book and the characters, even though I didn't often agree with their actions. I was invested in what happened to Zoe and enjoyed how the sub plots lead to more possible suspects in her disappearance.

Thank you to netgalley and Bookouture for the arc.
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Love, betrayal, heartbreak and secrets can make people a bit crazy. You’ll find a lot of this in The Invite. 

Kaitlin and Greg just got engaged and are planning their wedding. Well, Greg is doing very quick planning. Way too quick for Kaitlin’s best friend Zoe who’s just come back from Portugal heartbroken and humiliated by her so called boyfriend. She meets Greg for the first time and is floored to hear that they are engaged. An argument turns into Zoe disappearing and what happens next is a domino effect that keeps you reading till the very end. 

This is a very quick “popcorn read” that any suspense/thriller lover will enjoy. Kaitlin was a little bit of a “weak main character” for me but overall I liked the book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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The invites went out weeks ago, and tonight, at a lavish manor house surrounded by friends and family, Kaitlin couldn't be happier, But as the champagne corks pop, her  dream party becomes her worst nightmare. Staring at the stunning diamond solitaire on her finger, Kaitlin is finally getting the chance to introduce her best friend Zoe to her perfect fiance. She hasn't known Greg very long, but he looks after her, and he loves playing Dad to her young daughter. As guests arrive, why is Greg acting so shifty? And is that a flicker of recognition on Zoe's face? And why does she look terrified every time her phone rings? 

The pace is fast in this action packed read. It covers: lies, jealousy, deception and broken promises. The story is multi-layered and told from multiple perspectives. The suspense builds throughout, the twists kept coming. I changed my mind several times on who was behind the attacks. I was hooked from the beginning and I didn't put my kindle down until I had finished. This is another well written book with relatable characters.

I would like to thank #NetGalley #Bookouture and the author #SherylBrowne for my ARC of #TheInvite in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The Invite by Sheryl Browne is an explosive thriller with twists that you'll never see coming! The story revolves around Kaitlin, who is celebrating her engagement to her fiance Greg.  Greg and Kaitlin haven't known each other long, but she knows that he's the one for her.  She's looking forward to introducing him to her best friend Zoe, who hasn't met Greg before.  But the party of her dreams turns into a nightmare.  After meeting Greg, Zoe and Kaitlin argue, and Zoe leaves the party in a huff.  A few days later, Zoe is declared missing.  Where did Zoe go?  Did someone murder her?  And is Kaitlin next? 

Here is a chilling excerpt from the Prologue, which is from an as-yet-unnamed character's point of view:

"'Are we going to get Mummy now?’ Inquisitive as ever, Ruby had yet another question.
‘We are,’ he promised, taking a breath and heading on out. ‘She’s at home packing your clothes right now.’
‘And Cocklepoo?’ Ruby asked as they walked the short distance to where he’d parked his own car around the corner.
‘Absolutely.’ It was her favourite toy, he recalled. A cockapoo cuddle toy she wouldn’t go to bed without. He gave that pause for thought, then dismissed it. He would cross that bridge when he got there. Right now, his priority was getting this little girl, who he loved as if she were his own flesh and blood, somewhere she would be safe. He’d sworn he would protect her and her mother, and that was exactly what he intended to do. Kaitlin wasn’t the person he’d thought she was when he’d first met her, but he still loved her. He could forgive her for turning away from him, her neglect of her daughter. She’d been led astray, he could see that. Even if she didn’t know it yet, in time she would realise that he was simply trying to do what was best for her and Ruby."

Overall, The Invite is an unputdownable thriller that will appeal to fans of Samantha Hayes and Kiersten Modglin.  One highlight of this book are the nonstop twists.  There were several that I did not see coming.  If I had to complain about 1 thing, I would say that I personally did not find the reveal of the murderer to be satisfying.  Although it was completely unexpected and I was surprised, I would have liked someone with a bit more of a motive.  That's just a minor thing though, and I did enjoy the rest of the book.  If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of thrillers in general, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in February!
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So, straight up.  This one suffers from Stupid Main Character Syndrome.

It’s one of those brainless but entertaining popcorn reads – you know…the one where you’re shouting at the main character because they keep making boneheaded decisions.

The plot gets wildly complex, but it is fun.

This one is empty calories.  You’ll get a kick out it while reading it, but you’ll forget it soon after.

*ARC via Publisher
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A great read, with a whole host of unreliable and at times unlikeable characters!  Somewhat unpredictable which I liked!
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This is a good thriller. I did actually spot the villain early on but then discounted them and there were some excellent twists and turns along the way, although I felt the ending seemed rushed
A good yarn that will keep you turning the pages
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I've taken a book from Netgalley after a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have previously read Trust me by Sheryl Browne and I was impressed. The invite is a perfect Pyschological thriller. It had all the thrills and the chills. It had me guessing till the end. I kept suspecting the villain to be someone else and I was quite surprised by the grand reveal.

The best thing about the book is that it had a lot of dark characters and literally anyone could have been the bad guy. The ending especially was brilliant. I was supposed to buddy read this book, but I was too excited and I finished it in probably a day or two. The writing style increased the tension with each chapter. It had multiple POVs. The tone of the book was grim and dark.

The  story started off at a birthday party for Kaltain. Her fiance Greg arranged the whole thing. Her best friend Zoe was coming back from Portugal for this event. Zoe and Kaltain end up having an argument about Greg. Zoe storms out of the party and Greg rushes after her. That's the last anyone has seen of her. She goes missing after the party. Will she be found dead or alive? Read to find out more. 

If you are fan of thrillers, you must read this.
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I may be in the minority here, but I honestly found this book exhausting and disappointing. 

To begin with, the protagonist Kaitlin was a weepy damsel-in-distress, who had no other active role other than lamenting - initially it was about the fate of her missing best friend which was quickly replaced by the supposed betrayal of her fiancé.  While this was understandable to a point, after about 50% of the book, where thus went on repeat mode, it became pretty annoying. There were way too many POVs and too many dialogues that didn't add much to the story. I believe the book could have been shortened by about 10 chapters if much of the inane conversation and unnecessary details had been edited out. 

I couldn't continue the book after 52 chapters because it had taken off on a different tangent that totally confused me to the point that I became disinterested. 

Overall, I give up. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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It all  looks good good o the surface, and then when someone begins to ask uncomfortable questions, the good can look suspicious. That is what happens here, relationships that look ok may not be, care and concern for someone may have a more sinister motive. 
How do you trust your instincts if they have been wrong before? 
A friend questions good fortune then disappears, finding her, finding safety and the truth is Kaitlin's purpose.
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Kaitlin is a single mother with a small daughter, Ruby. After divorcing her abusive husband Sean, she is now settled in a steady relationship with Greg, who works as a forensic fire assessor.  Greg is kind, thoughtful and dotes on Ruby.  He has arranged a no expenses spared birthday party for Kaitlin and has proposed. Kaitlin’s friend Zoe is flying in from Portugal to attend. As soon as they meet it’s clear, for whatever reason, Zoe doesn’t like Greg and tries her best to discourage her best friend’s relationship with her new man. The two women argue,  Zoe runs out into the night – and disappears.
 As time goes on and Zoe has still not been found, Kaitlin begins to examine her life with Greg. An innocent phone call is all it takes to see her new safe world begin to spin out of control.
Secrets and lies are the foundation of this story.  It’s a gripping read where you’re not really sure who is telling the truth. I enjoyed the dynamics between Kaitlin and her parents, who were very supportive and clearly adored little Ruby. Zoe I wasn’t so sure about. Talk about how to wreck a birthday party! After her experience with ex-husband Sean (which still seemed to be on-going), Kaitlin found herself pitched into a nightmarish situation.  Once again, red herrings and lots of twists, turns and surprises make this an unputdownable read.
I would like to thank Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of The Invite in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was good! I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. I read another review that said they felt the author was a bit rushed while writing it which I agree with but still very glad I read it. I love other books by Sheryl Browne and despite this one not being my favorite, I’d still recommend it and look forward to reading whatever she comes out with next!
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A compelling drama with well written characters.  An emotionally charged read where you don't know who is to be trusted and not everyone is who they seem. Added depths from the insight into coercive control and jealousy.
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Wow another brilliant book from this author once again, held my attention from the first page until the last page and what a great ending it was.

I felt that I got to know all the characters, each with their own background story to tell and I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this book and well done Sheryl a definite 5+ star read from me which I can thoroughly recommend and I look forward to your next masterpiece.
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The Invite is a fast-paced, gripping psychological thriller. The pages are infused with multiple narrations that keep you on your toes—the story centres around Kaitlyn, who is currently thriving in her relationship with Greg. The ghosts of her abusive past relationship is at rest, and she's ready to give love and commitment a second chance by marrying Greg. Zoe is Kaitlyn's best friend returning from Portugal to attend her birthday party, which Greg has organised. However, Zoe finds something off with Greg and voices her opinion to Kaitlyn, which leads to a war of words between the best friends. What Kaitlyn did not know at the time was that it would be the last words she exchanges with Zoe as she suddenly disappears. 

Sherly Browne brings to life damaged and far from perfect characters that ignite feelings of compassion and sympathy. Human emotions are vastly explored, along with the extent to which people will have them validated. The inner struggles of Kaitlyn while juggling multiple roles of a fiance, mother and daughter are well written. When I thought I figured it out, there came unexpected twists, particularly with Greg and Daniel Shaw. A few clues along the way help you piece most of this complicated plot of a puzzle. 

Fans of psychological thrillers will devour this book. A 4 star read! Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me an ARC. This honest review is left voluntarily.
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I loved the premise of this book and had really high hopes but I was a bit disappointed. I loved the writing style and how complex the storyline was. To say its fast paced is an understatement and you absolutely are kept wondering just who is innocent and who is guilty. I think for me personally, I more or less hated the main character from the oust so that may have soured my view of the book and stopped me from caring what had happened as much as I may have had I related or empathised with the main protagonist. In all fairness though, in this day and age..... a woman who is a single parent and drops all her friends and family to rush into a marriage thats arranged completely by the new man and to be already pregnant to him is just not going to win points with today's women. We stand by our friends and care enough about our kids to not rush into things to protect them.... and we are more than capable of raising a baby without needing to immediately run off and get married to a basic stranger. Independent woman rant aside, there are also a lot of very shady characters in the book who are actually shady! Lol its not just paranoia if everyone really is after you and my biggest thing had to be the fact that this woman had surrounded herself with people who are all just mental! But yeah, the book was a decent enough read. As I said, it's very complex and has plenty twists and red herrings and will probably suit any thriller fans.
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I saw a post on Twitter about this book and rushed to NetGalley to request a copy. I have enjoyed all the Bookouture books I have had the pleasure of reading, so I had no doubt this book would be a great read. The Invite turned out to be a gripping, page-turner filled with twists you will not see coming. When reaching for this title, expect the unexpected. It is a fast-paced story about a woman who manages to attract all the wrong people into her world. When her best friend goes missing, she does not know who she can trust as she struggles to keep her young daughter safe. 
This book was my introduction to Sheryl Browne’s work. I am hooked. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of her books. She shares a twisty tale that draws you into a world full of damaged people and when you are convinced you know where she is going, she drops another surprise on you. I raced through this book and simply could not get to the end fast enough. 
After escaping an abusive marriage, Kaitlyn has finally turned her life around. She is happy and engaged to the perfect man. She cannot wait to introduce him to her best friend, Zoe. When Zoe arrives at Kaitlyn’s lavish birthday party, organised by Greg, Kaitlyn notices something a little off about Zoe’s reaction. 
When Zoe pulls Kaitlyn aside and tells her that she is making a mistake marrying Greg so quickly Kaitlyn is furious. How can Zoe judge a man she does not know? After a horrible argument between the two women, Zoe rushes off and Kaitlyn asks Greg to go after her.
But when Zoe appears to be missing and Greg is acting sketchy, even lying to the police, Kaitlyn is reminded of Zoe’s words and she starts to wonder if she can trust Greg. When Greg runs from the police, Kaitlyn fears for her and Ruby’s safety.

I was quickly drawn into this story and just loved all the damaged people and how everyone’s secrets were slowly revealed. Every time I thought I had it figured out, the author delivered a new surprise. This story sure kept me on my toes. 
The characters in this book will leave you amazed as the acts of jealousy lead to one shock after the other. Kaitlin has had her confidence rocked by an abusive husband, yet she found the strength to leave him. All Kaitlin wants is to be loved and for her daughter to have a safe happy childhood. This woman managed to gain my respect with her love and devotion to her child. She did everything she could to protect her little girl and keep her away from all the horrible things that were happening. Even when she doubted Greg, she managed to shield Ruby from her feelings. Ruby was simply the most adorable little girl. The author did a wonderful job showing this child’s innocence. I simply loved this character.
I found I doubted Zoe, she appeared just a little too wrapped up in her own issues for me to trust her intentions. She was another damaged character who was drawn to Kaitlin and maybe just a little too clingy.
As for Greg, the man was just too perfect and from the start, I had the feeling something was not right with him. However, I could never have predicted where his story was going. The author turned Greg’s story into one surprise after the next. I loved the slow reveal when it come to this guy.
No doubt, I was completely engrossed with this book and could not reach the end fast enough. The Invite easily sailed onto my loved list for 2022. 
Psychological thriller fans are in for a treat with this book. It is an engrossing, twisty tale that will keep you glued to the pages. If you haven’t yet, be sure to add this one to your TBR. You will kick yourself for missing out if you don’t.
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“You can’t hide from yourself.”

Kaitlin Chalmers finally has it all - a loving and gorgeous fiance, a huge engagement ring, a location wedding on the horizon and Ruby, her five-year-old daughter. Finally free of a controlling relationship, she’s grown and blossomed after meeting the man of her dreams. She feels worthy of love and respect and fiercely protective of her daughter. Why then does her bestie’s warning continue to consume her thoughts? She’s been down this road before and knows the warning signs. Why then did she have no say in the engagement ring nor in planning the wedding? Is Greg romantically impetuous or controlling? 

Greg Walker. Perfection personified or a man with a plan? Is he really too good to be true? How far will he go to protect what is his? 

Zoe, the best friend with a terrible track record of picking the wrong kind of man. Good thing being in foster care has given her the tools to fight for herself. When she discovers Kaitlin’s relationship is moving too quickly and considers that something might be ‘off,’ it triggers a rift between her, Kaitlin and Greg. Can she investigate before it’s too late?

Browne knows exactly how to pace a thriller and how to incorporate twists so that readers don’t see them coming! She’s examined the role our internal and external forces play in influencing us and highlights how the formative years often impact us in adulthood. Low self-esteem, she shows us, can be emotionally crippling as is the dangerous tendency to view ourselves through the eyes of others. 

I was gifted this advance copy by Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
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Thanks to Netgalley and publisher Bookouture for the advance read of this thrilling title in exchange for an honest review. 
This is another fantastic read from Sheryl Browne!  This was a fast read for me, loved how the story was told from different characters viewpoints building the suspense along the way. I really enjoyed it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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As always I put everything to one side when a new book by this author comes out as I can’t wait to read it and the invite was certainly no exception. This was a brilliant book that had me hooked from the very first page. It had a lot of mystery and intrigue and characters lives interwoven together to make this a brilliant domestic thriller which also sought to bring topics such as cohesive control and other sensitive issues  out into the open. 

This was a rollercoaster of a read with lots of twists and turns and every time I thought I had figured it out something else came along and put a spanner in the works. I was hooked from beginning to end and read this in almost one sitting. Definitely a five star read.
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