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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“Hell has no fury like a woman scorned,” and Jackie Ullerich shows how a scorned woman will react in her entertaining thriller, Invitation to Death. Three couples are given invitations to spend their allotted week at a Kona condo. Kim, a vulnerable woman, hopes the getaway will strengthen her marriage to Barry. Unfortunately, Barry drowns shortly after arriving. Tragedy occurs when the second couple celebrates their wedding anniversary at the condo. Ted and Susan are the third couple that vacations in Kona. Susan hopes her mild mannered husband will be willing to go along with her whims, but Ted’s infatuation with another woman rearranges her plans. Detective Chang doesn’t believe in coincidences since the couples stayed at the same place, and he investigates, discovering Kim is a connection in the cases.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold,” and it certainly was in Invitation to Death. The story was a fascinating thriller that had a lot of suspenseful scenes and clever twists. Kim was irritating with her inability to make decisions on her own, but all the characters were fully developed with complex personas. Each was given a spotlight to air their opinions, which was interesting. I liked Jackie Ullerich’s meticulous writing style combined with wit and uniqueness. She cleverly connected the characters in an absorbing plot that was never dull. The villain’s hidden agenda is one of the things that keeps the story flowing and stirs a reader’s curiosity. I enjoyed reading Invitation to Death by Jackie Ullerich and highly recommend it.