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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765349442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765349446
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,972,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This entertaining if routine thriller from newcomer Strieber pits a Fifth Avenue matron against a shattering conspiracy that blurs the line between friend and foe. Upper-crust New Yorker Kealy Ryerson, freshly coifed, nipped and tucked, receives an urgent call from her lawyer husband to grab the kids and run. Overnight, all she has known and loved has become sinister. As Ryerson's comfortable world crashes around her, she must find out who sabotaged her high-powered mate, falsified mob connections and froze her funds. In a dangerous encounter with her police chief ex-husband, who looks right past her, Kealy discovers that without the glitter and makeup that's her usual uniform, a middle-aged woman can simply disappear. Kealy's teenage children, torn from their insulated private schools, join their mother and hopscotch subways to find sanctuary on the wrong side of the tracks. A shaky friendship reaches across class lines as the family of her daughter's school chum joins forces with them to cheat death and pursue justice. A few of the characters defy stereotype, including mob boss Sal Bonacori and his wiseguy-wannabe son, as well as Ryerson herself, though she disappointingly reverts to type in the end.
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"An exciting, fast-paced novel that won't let you put it down." (Rendezvous)

"An Invisible Woman puts Anne Strieber in the class of writers like Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown." (Peter Straub)

"The story never stops moving and you don't want to get off the ride." (San Antonio Express-News)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue on July 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The premise of this book is great -- a well-to-do woman whose husband is killed and she doesn't know who to trust. She discovers she can hide in plain view, disguising herself by not wearing designer clothes and makeup. (Although I have to say, I think it's a bit of a stretch -- women may look different without makeup but they wouldn't be unrecognizable to their best friends and ex-husbands.) But here are my problems with the book. The tone and voice of the opening pages differ radically from the rest of the book. It's almost like the book started in one direction and then switched gears but the author never went back and rewrote it. The children are precocious, as are the daughter's friend's family (good-hearted but poor black people) who help them. The scenes are so overwritten they read like a joke. The ending wraps up quickly and not in a satisfying manner. I think it could have been a much better book than it is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you were to look up the definition of "New York socialite" in the dictionary, one gets the feeling you would find Kealy Ryerson's picture beside it. Born into a wealthy family, Kealy is married to James Ryerson, a wildly successful if improbably principled defense attorney; has two children enrolled in private schools; and a maid to clean up after her on a daily basis. On the cusp of middle age, she is able to afford the surgical touch-ups and carefully applied cosmetics that let her rage against the dimming, if not dying, of the light. Her life and accruements vanish from her in the space of a few short minutes. She receives a terse telephone call from her husband, telling her in no uncertain terms to gather up their children and leave the country. Minutes later, he is dead, and Kealy is on her own, and on the run, in ways she never could have imagined.

So begins AN INVISIBLE WOMAN, Anne Strieber's debut novel. This is an incredibly ambitious work, though Strieber's reach occasionally exceeds her grasp. There are a few problems here. The pacing of this work is intermittent. Quite a bit happens at the beginning, but then the reader is left stumbling in Kealy's wake for just a bit too long as she and her children find that their avenues of escape are cut off even as they are pursued by the same shadowy assassins who have killed not only her husband but also his private investigator and a New York District attorney with whom James Ryerson was improbably having lunch.

Daughter Allison, a bit too precocious for her own good, just happens to be school roomies with a streetwise black teenager named Lushawn Davis, who just happens to have a noble but shady uncle who plays a major role later on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Gargano VINE VOICE on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book and I'm still not quite sure whether it deserves a 3 or 4 star rating. I rushed through, turning pages because I wanted to see what happened. I liked the characters and I thought on a whole, the premise of the book was a great thrill ride.

Now, here is what I found wrong with it. I felt it ended too quickly without a good explanation of what and who was involved, and I just found the converstions, the situations, a little too "scripted". I know, it is a book, a novel, but do people really talk like these people talked? Maybe....who knows...it just felt forced in so many places.

Again, I am really on the fence but on the whole I liked the story, and I would pick up another book by this author.
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