We Arrive Uninvited

Fiction - Literary
226 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2023
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Emerson always believed that the women in her family were different, based on the eccentricities of Amelia, her grandmother. Yet, she could not forget the fateful evening when Amelia predicted her daughter’s imminent death. Five years have passed since her mother’s suicide, but Emerson hasn’t been able to process the grief. Worse, she keeps hearing her mother’s voice. Fearful of her mental health, Emerson finally decides to visit Amelia, who now resides in a facility. As she listens to Amelia’s stories, she realizes there is more to the women in this family than meets the eye. Will this newfound knowledge bring her some clarity, or will it shake the roots of her existence? Find out in We Arrive Uninvited, a novel by Jen Knox.

Jen Knox skilfully narrates Amelia's and Emerson’s lives in two simultaneous storylines in her debut novel. Albeit hailing from different times and family dynamics, their upbringing showed striking similarities. I loved Knox’s accurate portrayal of these parallels. Both girls suffered as their mothers, desperately trying to flee from their unique powers, abandoned their daughters. Each had a grandmother gently guiding them through life. Knox expertly detailed these complicated family relationships and showed how they could shape our whole lives. We root for Emerson as we watch her struggle with the trauma of her mother’s death, the insecurities about her sanity, the conflicts regarding her father’s girlfriend, and finally, the unacknowledged emotions for her best friend. The distinct otherworldly element of the story, manifested in the girls’ sacred connections to nature and ancient goddesses, entranced me. We Arrive Uninvited, a bewitching novel in all aspects, shows how fulfilling it can be to let go of all inhibitions and embrace one’s true self.