“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…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Amanda Jayatissa’s knockout second novel, troubled loner Amaya is devastated when she learns that her estranged childhood friend and her ex-boyfriend are getting married. She’s just as shocked to receive an invitation to the couple’s lavish wedding weekend back in her native Sri Lanka, where the elaborate plans for the event of the season are upended when the bride goes missing. This is no open-and-shut mystery—Jayatissa weaves a twisty tale of dangerous friendships and long-buried secrets. You’re Invited is a perfect summer pageturner. It kept us second- and third-guessing every character right up to the stunning final scene.
Thriller Award winner Jayatissa follows her debut, My Sweet Girl, with a twisty thriller set among the wealthiest circles of Sri Lanka. Amaya Bloom, a near-friendless young Sri Lankan woman living in Los Angeles, torments herself by cutting her skin, having masochistic sex with a man she barely knows, and watching her beautiful, affluent ex-best friend, Kaavi Fonseka, rise to influencer status on Instagram. When Amaya receives an invitation to Kaavi's wedding, where she will marry Amaya's handsome, successful ex-boyfriend, Amaya is determined to stop it at any cost. Amaya flies to Sri Lanka with plans to obtain an untraceable gun. However, on the night before the ceremony, Kaavi vanishes, and interviews with the wedding guests unearth an abundance of motives and suspects, culminating in a harrowing, unforeseeable ending. While the perpetrators are powerfully drawn and the social and political tensions in Sri Lanka sensitively suggested, some readers may feel frustrated by Amaya's coy and often misleading hints about her past and her sudden shift late in the story to psychological health and benevolence. Ruth Ware fans will want to check this out. Agent: Melissa Danaczko, Stuart Krichevsky Literary. Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly stated the author had won an Edgar Award.
Great Start, Weak Ending
The first two thirds are really good, but then it goes off the rails.
A little slow in the first half, but once It gets good; It gets GOOD. Many characters with twists and turns and leaves you guessing. May be the worst best friend ever.