Today I am excited to be sharing my review of Invite Me In by Emma Curtis with you all.
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 have read both The Night You Left (review here), and Keep Her Quiet (review here) by Emma Curtis, and I loved them, so when her new release Invite Me In was available to request on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. After reading, I can say that it wasn’t what I had expected, but I did enjoy it.
From the very beginning of the story, it is clear that Eliza is in an unhappy and definitely unhealthy relationship. Her husband, Martin, is controlling, manipulative, and abusive, and I immediately felt sorry for Eliza. She has to deal with things that no-one should have to go through. The mental abuse (and occasional physical abuse) she is subjected to is something I can’t even imagine dealing with, but unfortunately is a reality for many.
Eliza is also having difficulty with her Au Pair, who seems to hate her for no reason at all, and is doing her best to make Eliza’s life hell. Given her situation, it’s no wonder that Eliza is struggling, and when Dan, who is seemingly lovely and caring, shows up, you can’t really blame Eliza for being interested. But Dan’s arrival is about to change everything.
It’s clear that Eliza is hiding a lot of secrets, which are hinted at throughout the story, and I was desperate to find out what they were. One particular secret comes out in a very eventful manner, that I wasn’t expecting, and causes a huge amount of damage for Eliza to try and fix.
There are some interesting characters in this story, but I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of them in particular. I did feel very strongly about Martin though, my dislike for him was so real. Regardless of what he had been through, it was no excuse to be the person he was, or to treat Eliza the way he did.
This is more of a slow burn than an action packed thriller, however, the ending is explosive. Climaxing in a tense, and exciting showdown. Although I had figured out the situation before it was revealed, I never expected such a brutal ending. This was a fantastic way to tie up the story.
There were points in the story where I would have liked for the pace to pick up a bit more, but overall, I did really enjoy this book, and would definitely recommend it if you enjoy slow burn thrillers. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Emma Curtis has in store for us in the future.
A huge thank you to NetGalley, and Transworld, for my copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give Invite Me In a 3.5 star rating!
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