Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Invitation by A. M. Castle
Thirteen guests. One killer. No escape.
On an island on the coast of Cornwall, cut off from the mainland by the tides for most of the day, thirteen old friends meet at Tregowan Castle for a weekend of revelry.
By the next evening only twelve are still alive.
Amongst them is a killer – but who? As a storm traps them on the island and past betrayals and grievances are revealed, nerves fray and friendships begin to fracture.
But with no escape and no way of calling for help it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. And when everyone is keeping secrets, anybody could be the next victim…
Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley’s The Guest List and Agatha Christie.
I am a massive fan of Agatha Christi and I have a copy of Lucy Foley’s The Guest List sitting on my kindle (which I’m dying to read) and so I jumped at the opportunity when the lovely team at HQ Stories asked me if I’d like to take part in the blog tour for The Invitation. A remote castle, a gathering of friends, a storm on the horizon and more skeletons in the closet than you can count on those book grabbing digits – what’s not to love!?
It was incredibly enjoyable. Are any of the characters likeable? Not Really (except some of the younger ones) but that is what makes them so engaging. The story is told from multiple view points. A tricky device to use and it can be off putting for some readers but I felt that it added a great sense of atmosphere, chaos and confusion to proceedings – which suited the storyline perfectly. Alice (author A M Castle) has constructed a clever plot that keeps you guessing as to who both the killer and the victim(s) are. Each and every one of these characters seems to have some dark secret and they are all being slowly revealed. Someone is manipulating the events taking place at Tregowan Castle and any one of them could be the killer. This story really brings out the worst in all of our narrators and I could imagine someone gleefully bumping them each and every one of the off at some point along the way. And did I work out who did it? I had a fleeting thought but Alice made me doubt my deductions with numerous subtle red herrings.
A super piece of escapism that you could literally devour in a day. Grab a cuppa, open it up and fall right in.
Thank you so much to the lovely people at HQ Stories for inviting me to review this title and for providing a copy via Netgalley.
About the author
Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. She writes psychological thrillers for HQDigital as A.M. Castle and the London Murder Mystery cozy crime series as Alice Castle.
See Alice’s website at: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com