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"I absolutely loved Invisible Girl—Lisa Jewell has a way of combining furiously twisty, utterly gripping plots with wonderfully rich characterisation—she has such compassion for her characters and we feel we know them utterly. To anyone who claims crime fiction is plot at the expense of character, I prescribe Lisa Jewell. A triumph!" (LUCY FOLEY, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List )
“Lisa Jewell's latest edge-of-your-seat thriller stands out... [she] highlights how our views of the world and of others can often render us blind to what is truly going on around us... brilliant... deft ... surprising." (USA Today)
"I'm obsessed." (Crime by the Book)
“A dark, carefully plotted domestic thriller filled with complex, lonely, and (mostly!) sympathetic characters. It takes on toxic masculinity and incel culture in a way that adds to but never overwhelms the central mystery of the novel, and ends with a satisfying conclusion and then one final, disturbing twist.” (Buzzfeed)
“This weekend I finished Lisa Jewell’s gripping Invisible Girl and it was such a joy not to be able to put a book down. Her best yet." (JOJO MOYES, New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars )
"Full of twists you won't see coming." (PopSugar)
“I loved it. Every damn word.” (AJ FINN, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window )
"In classic Jewell fashion, it's unputdownable." (E! Online)
“Compelling and surprisingly moving—Lisa Jewell never lets you down.” (CLARE MACKINTOSH, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go )
“A masterclass in character... A wonderful slow-burn gripper—I loved it.” (LOUISE CANDLISH, author of Our House )
“Another masterpiece from a novelist whose grip on human nature in its flawed entirety never slips. Invisible Girl is gripping, disturbing and acutely observant; Jewell is an extremely special writer." (ALEX MARWOOD, author of The Wicked Girls )
"We won't judge if you read with one eye open." (TheSkimm)
“Jewell showcases the many ways that sexism can creep in and infect everyday moments . . . dark, sharp, and thought-provoking.” (BUST Magazine)
“A breathtakingly brilliant novel by an author at the absolute top of her game.” (JENNY COLGAN, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner )
“Lisa Jewell is the kind of writer you read twice—once as a breathless reader to see how the story unfolds, and then again to see how she makes it look so easy.” (ERIN KELLY, author of He Said, She Said )
“I am always reminded of Ruth Rendell at her very best when I read Lisa Jewell. Not only is her plotting masterful, Lisa has the rare ability to make you care—passionately—about all her characters, whether they are important or minor, instantly appealing or apparently monstrous. Invisible Girl is quite brilliant in every way.” (JANE CASEY, author of The Burning )
“She isn’t afraid of plunging an icy blade into her readers’ hearts whilst examining the cruel realities of the world.” (ADELE PARKS, author of I Invited Her In )
“A masterclass in how to write with pace and tension.” (HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange )
“Dark, gripping, emotionally intense. My heart hurt from being squeezed so tight.” (TAMAR COHEN, author of The Mistress’s Revenge )
About the Author
- ASIN : B08428V3CH
- Publisher : Atria Books (October 13, 2020)
- Publication date : October 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4231 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,233 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book begins near midnight on Valentines Day. April Fools would have been much more appropriate, considering the end product.
She decides to begin following Roan Fours and learns some interesting things about him and his family. Then there is Owen Pick, an awkward man who is a 30 something virgin who is accused of some despicable crimes. All of these people are interwoven and I had theories about the connections and I wasn't even close. This book was hard to put down and is a must-read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
As always, I can't wait for Lisa's next novel.
Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, and dad Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours family have a bad feeling about their neighbor Owen. He’s a bit creepy and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night.
Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox spent three years as a patient of Roan Fours. Feeling abandoned when their therapy ends, she searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him, following him in the shadows and learning more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.
My Thoughts: Invisible Girl introduces the characters in alternating sections, beginning with a young girl who likes to hide out and watch people. She is called Saffyre Maddox and she has been in therapy with another character, Roan Fours, whom she likes to follow and watch, along with his family. What is going on behind her actions, and what happens to her one night when she suddenly goes missing?
Meanwhile, we learn more about Cate, Roan’s wife, along with her teenage children, Josh and Georgia. Their lives seem normal enough, but Cate worries a lot about them and her husband Roan, who has given her reasons to mistrust him at times.
Saffyre’s story unfolds slowly, until we begin to fill in the missing pieces of what happened to her. Even as she emerges from her “invisibility,” other puzzling tidbits come to light about other characters: like Owen and his true story; about a man who hurt Saffyre years before; and about Roan’s secrets. In the end, there was a stunning reveal. 5 stars from me.
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I had to force myself to slow down and really savour this. The story, based around a sad, lonely and possibly quite creepy guy called Owen, grows with a slow, steady pace as tense as a stretched wire.
I found myself walking around worrying about Owen with his crooked haircut and unfortunate expression. Jewell touches on motherhood, incels, abuse, and fear but the tone is never preachy. Jewell has an absolute gift for making her characters spring off the page at you.
All of her books have this. She is so clever you feel a connection with some characters even though you are getting quite worried they might be evil. This is what enables her to explore complicated issues in a thoughtful way as she so humanises her characters. Every one of her novels has this lovely sympathy for her characters, despite their flaws. Jewell always find their humanity so your response to them is always multi-layered.
If you haven’t read Lisa Jewell I STRONGLY suggest you start now. This is SUCH a good book it hurt to read it, wrenched as I was with envy at her talent. But, like watching an athlete at the height of their powers there is something joyful about putting yourself in the hands of a master craftswoman like Jewell. She really does seem to just get better and better. Can’t wait for the next one.
sorry but it was. There are no other words for it. It was not gripping, it did not twist, it was not unexpected it was plain boring. I always have to finish a book but I wish I hadn’t. It was predictable, nothing ground breaking and I am disappointed that I have read another book which is basically another books regurgitated. Come on Jewell this is unacceptable! I skim read a lot of it because frankly it was full of waffle, so I finished it in a day. I was expectant that there would be something dark, hopeful but it was a waste of paper that the words were written on. There is no plot, it isn’t developed quick enough. A girl goes missing but is hiding. A poor man has been accused just because he’s ‘odd’. A father cheated on his wife (again) and has some weird fetish. That’s it! Why was the father as a character not explored in more detail?!! Normally I pass on books to friends but this is one going straight to the charity shop. Please do not waste your money on this rubbish. I highly recommend, The Whispering Man, The Silent Patient or No one Home. These are far, far better and not from an author or who spits out any old nonsense. I will not be reading anymore Jewell books; it’s a waste of money and time. If I could give half a star I would!