While Amaya Bloom is stalking Kaavi Fonseka's Instagram, she discovers that her former best friend has gotten engaged to her former boyfriend Spencer. The two women grew up together in Sri Lanka and remained best friends through college in the U.S. The Fonseka family, at the top of Sri Lankan society, has planned an over-the-top wedding, which is exactly what Kaavi wants as she has carefully cultivated her public persona to be the epitome of wealth, beauty and perfection. But Amaya, who is shocked that she has been invited to the multi-day festivities, is determined to stop the wedding. Amaya heads to Sri Lanka and is ready to face the Fonseka family, who she had thought she'd never see again.
Starting with the day of the wedding, You're Invited is told in flashbacks from three months before the big event to the days leading up to it. The story plays out from the perspectives of Amaya and Kaavi. Before Kaavi and Spencer tie the knot, we learn that the bride is missing, and everyone fears she has been harmed or worse. Amanda Jayatissa has skillfully created an interesting cast of characters who all seem to have something to hide. Some of their actions may make you uncomfortable. And with the exception of sweet, 5-year-old Nadia Fonseka, no one is especially likeable. As she did with her debut My Sweet Girl, Jayatissa has written another intelligent, dark, suspenseful, and twisty story. It will keep you guessing and will keep you very entertained.
Many thanks to Berkley Books for the opportunity to read this effective thriller in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: August 9, 2022.
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