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You're Invited (edició 2022)
de Amanda Jayatissa (Autor)
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You're Invited de Amanda Jayatissa
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Amaya is invited to Kaavi's wedding. But when she arrives everyone is surprised to see her which is a shock since the invitation said Kaavi and her family were excited to see her. But then Kaavis goes missing and is expected to be dead. But everything isn't what it seems to be! You're Invited is a suspenseful read! It switches between the wedding and the present and for the most part it's told from Amaya but then it adds in Kaavis. It's definitely a story with plenty of twists to keep you entertained! Great read!
Why would your former best friend that you hadn’t talked to for ten years invite you to her wedding to your ex-boyfriend?
Amaya was very confused since Kaavi’s family forbid her to contact them over some incident years ago.
Amaya also couldn’t believe Kaavi was marrying Spencer. She knew she had to stop the wedding.
Both Kaavi’s mother and father were furious when they saw her…did Kaavi have some plan Amaya and others did not know about or was she just rubbing it in?
There is an undertone with all the characters that seems to hint that everyone is hiding something. So who really did stop the wedding by attacking Kaavi?
We follow the police interviews of each guest and hear comments that could incriminate any of the characters. No one held any resentment or gossip back during the interviews.
The book dragged on a bit, and didn’t get “meaty” until 40%, but I kept reading and guessing.
Some twists and surprises.
Be aware there are some disturbing habits the characters have. 3/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Fast and fun mystery thriller that will keep you guessing!
I really enjoyed this well-plotted and twisty tale of a Sri Lankan wedding gone wrong. From the start, when Amaya decides to attend her former best friend's celebration, the narrative is such that the reader can't wait to read more to find out what exactly is going on. Told from several points of view in a bit of a time shift fashion, it also includes excepts from interviews done by the investigation team.
Amaya and Kaavi used to be as close as sisters but they stopped all contact years ago so Amaya is quite surprised to get an invite to the social event of the season in Sri Lanka where they grew up together. The kicker that gets her on the plane back home is that Kaavi is marrying Spencer, Amaya's old boyfriend from their college days. This can't happen and Amaya is determined to stop the wedding. Everything comes to a head during the days of preparation and, when Kaavi is missing on the big day, all the clues point to Amaya being responsible.
Half the time while reading I was not sure what was going on. So many secrets and lies and manipulations behind the scenes. I loved it! Amaya seemed a jealous, self-harming, psycho mess but she was certainly resolute. Kaavi, the indulged princess of her wealthy family, appeared to be set on the marriage, and her parents and sister were leading her through all the festivities with a dogged purpose. But when things started to go awry, everything exploded in a spectacular fashion. What a great ending. I hope you like it as much as I did.
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Books for this e-book ARC to read, review, and recommend.
In You’re Invited, by Amanda Jayatissa, Amaya feels strange about receiving her invitation to her ex-bestie Kaavi’s wedding. First, the former friends haven’t spoken in years, and second, Kaavi’s engaged to Amaya’s ex. But, after a personal invitation from Kaavi’s family and encouragement from her new bestie, Beth, Amaya decides to return to Sri Lanka for the massive wedding celebration, and find a way to stop the wedding.
The wedding is a massive, multi-day party, creating a luxe background for Amaya’s secret mission to stop the wedding, and not-so-secret mission to get her bestie back. The red flags start almost as soon as she arrives and Kaavi’s family knows nothing about the invitation they sent her.
Everyone in Kaavi’s life, everyone in Amaya’s life, basically everyone at the wedding, was keeping huge secrets. I liked this because there was no shortage of suspects and motives, and I also liked how some of the secrets intersected. Everyone had a secret, but is an everyday cheating secret or a little financial irregularity…. or is it murder?
"Absolutely addictive...it's like Agatha Christie meets Crazy Rich Asians. Amanda Jayatissa is an author you want to watch."--Brad Thor What could be worse than your ex-boyfriend marrying your childhood best friend? Getting accused of her murder... From the award-winning author of My Sweet Girl comes a dangerously addictive new thriller about a lavish Sri Lankan wedding celebration that not everyone will survive. When Amaya is invited to Kaavi's over-the-top wedding in Sri Lanka, she is surprised and a little hurt to hear from her former best friend after so many years of radio silence. But when Amaya learns that the groom is her very own ex-boyfriend, she is consumed by a single thought: She must stop the wedding from happening, no matter the cost. But as the week of wedding celebrations begin and rumors about Amaya's past begin to swirl, she can't help but feel like she also has a target on her back. When Kaavi goes missing and is presumed dead, all evidence points to Amaya. However, nothing is as it seems as Jayatissa expertly unravels that each wedding guest has their own dark secret and agenda, and Amaya may not be the only one with a plan to keep the bride from getting her happily ever after...
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Told through flashbacks from four months ago to wedding day and current "police" interviews, "You're Invited" is a tantalizing tale of friendship, family bonds, and of course how those bonds are tested. In a tale where no one is who they present themselves to be we are begged to question what exactly is reality.
I wouldn't say this read was super thrilling, however it did keep my attention. Amaya is obsessed with good omens, always checking the clock for signs, prone to self-harm (physical pain is much better than mental pain) and is a character we end up rooting for.
With the setting of Sri Lanka we get a sense of the culture which gives this novel another unique layer. I give this 4 stars. ( )