Author: Amanda Jayatissa
Publisher: Berkley Books
Released: August 9, 2022
Received: Own (BOTM)
You’re Invited is one of several BOTM books I grabbed last month, and I have to say that I’m pretty happy with my selection. Written by Amanda Jayatissa, this novel is a winding thriller with many surprise twists and turns.
It’s hard to believe, but Kaavi is getting married. Amaya is having even more trouble accepting that her once-BFF is marrying her ex-boyfriend. And that she somehow felt it was right to invite Amaya to the wedding.
Well, Amaya isn’t going to pass up this opportunity. She needs to see how much Sri Lanka has changed since she left. How much Kaavi has changed. But she’s probably not prepared for everything else about unfolding.
“No one seems to understand that real loss never eases; we just become more adept at carrying a weight that settles deeper in our chests, smiling through it, pretending like we are totally fine whenever someone mentions them.”
Okay, so I went into You’re Invited, having no real idea of what to expect. An ex attending a wedding is strange enough, but she’s also the bride’s ex-best friend? That’s a whole different twist altogether, and given the genre, it felt like it’s somehow going to lead to violence.
In truth, You’re Invited took its time in unfolding the truth. Switching between Amaya and Kaavi’s perspectives, readers will slowly get to see their sides of the story. Yet it takes quite a while for all the puzzle pieces to fall into place.
In other words, Amanda Jayatissa did an excellent job obfuscating the truth. Unlike many thrillers of this nature, I didn’t feel like I had been lied to hide the truth. Instead, the big reveal is hidden behind several smaller reveals. This made it easy to get distracted by all the subplots.
Overall, I would have to say that I enjoyed You’re Invited. I don’t think it’s my favorite thriller, but it is still exceptionally well written, and I have to give credit where credit is due.
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