Invite Me In by Emma Curtis

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 . . .

When we first meet the narrator Eliza, she alludes to the fact that her husband Martin is abusive and cruel to her behind closed doors. Martin, who was paralysed in an accident several years before, is now a wealthy businessman and is highly regarded by everyone around him. Eliza is obviously very unhappy in her marriage but she says that he has a hold over her that prevents her from leaving. When we eventually encounter Martin, we see immediately that he is indeed gaslighting his wife and is an immensely nasty character.

When Dan Jones comes into her life, Eliza is immediately drawn to him. He is charismatic, charming, and friendly but, the more she grows to like him, the more her brother-in-law Peter warns her to stay away. He is convinced Dan has an agenda and is using Eliza. As the novel progresses, we question how much we can trust Eliza’s narrative and exactly who she, Martin, and Dan, are.

Invite Me In is a domestic thriller that focuses on the damage gaslighting and psychological abuse can cause, in this case, within a marriage. I always enjoy Curtis’ books and this is another impressive thriller in which we can’t trust anyone. No matter how innocent they seem.

Transworld, 2 Sept, 2021

About the author

Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and now lives in London with her husband. After raising two children and working various jobs, her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write her acclaimed psychological suspense thrillers One Little Mistake, When I Find You, The Night You Left, Keep Her Quiet and Invite Me In. Find her on Twitter: @emmacurtisbooks

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