Okay, okay, okay, I was SO excited to read YOU’RE INVITED by Amanda Jayatissa. I loved her first book, My Sweet Girl. YOU’RE INVITED did not disappoint.
Set in Sri Lanka, Amanda weaves a tale mostly told by our unreliable narrator, Amaya. She is determined to not let the wedding between her ex-best friend, Kaavi, and her ex-boyfriend, Spencer happen.
The story is told from a couple of points-of-view mixed in with interviews after Kaavi disappears on the day of her wedding.
The plot revolves around marriages and weddings. Particularly those in Sri Lanka. We see Kaavi dealing with the pressure from her family and community to get married before she’s deemed “too old.” We get glimpses of how arranged marriages work, how extravagant (and costly) weddings are in Sri Lanka.
The STRESS of making all these working parts come together is excruciating for Kaavi. And here Amaya, who has her own secrets and life issues, comes in like a wrecking ball ready to destroy the entire event.
I loved how the story would give little hints and breadcrumbs of secrets or twists and in the end everything comes together.
YOU’RE INVITED was a popcorn thriller that made for a great weekend of reading for me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me an e-copy of YOU’RE INVITED to review.
I rate YOU’RE INVITED five out of five stars.