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Invisible: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) Paperback – December 11, 2012
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“Carla Buckley once again reveals the frightening things we can’t see. Invisible made me question everything surrounding us in our homes and our neighborhoods. Do we really know what we’re touching? Do we even know our own families? This chilling book reminds us of what’s important in our lives.”—Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters
Top Customer Reviews
The prologue left me baffled as we jump ahead sixteen years but the author slowly revealed things and the pieces began to click into place.We meet Dana Carlson a demolition expert who is in the middle of taking down an abandoned building when she gets a phone call from Black Bear, Minnesota. The call is from Peyton; her sister's child, the one she has not seen since her birth sixteen years ago. She learns her sister is dying and after all these years she heads back to Black Bear and the secrets she has buried there. The tale that unfolds has several stories lines and each kept me entangled as Dana confronts her past and races to protect the people of Black Bear.
The tale is told from the POV's of Dana and that of sixteen year old Peyton. Dana is complicated in the beginning and her motives unclear, but as we slide back and catch glimpses of her past I came to respect and adore her. I will not give things away, but Dana is one tough cookie, who loves unconditionally with great sacrifice. Her only shortcoming in my opinion was that she put the needs of everyone else first and it cost her and her family. Peyton despite some rocky times has grown up secure in the fact that her parents love her, she is compassionate about fish, and at the beginning of each of her chapters she tells us about a species of fish. Read them because they hint to her thoughts and emotions. I liked Peyton, she is kind of a loner and I became emotionally attached to her. Peyton's emotions were raw and felt real. I thought Buckley did a great job of developing the characters.Read more ›
My summary...short...to the point...
Two sisters with a 16 year old secret have not seen each other in years. Tragedy brings one sister back home...and opens up a ton of secrets.
My thoughts after reading this book...
Hmmm...this was one of those lovely books...that begins with one old secret and just sort of meanders around to reveal quite a few old secrets. There is dysfunction and anger and sadness and it's always a great story when one of the main characters has been gone for a while and then comes home abruptly. This is the case with Dana. She hasn't seen her sister in years, she's been an absentee aunt, but a phone call from her niece Peyton brings her home. Her sister is ill...possibly dying...Dana has major issues with her own job...so she heads home to the town where she grew up. She is not really welcomed by her niece or her brother in law and once she begins digging into why so many people in the town are ill...she is even less welcome.
What I loved about this book...
I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. There were lots of emotional tirades and lots of secrets in this town. The plant that was making people ill was also the life of the town...almost everyone worked there. People had strong feelings about Dana and believed that she was a trouble maker. I also loved the writings about fish at the beginning of Peyton's chapters...she loved the ocean.
What I did not love...
There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about this book. I had a difficult time putting it down. It had great short chapters that sped by. I was caught up in it and literally read it in a day. Whew!
Final thoughts...Read more ›
Dana is a partner in a demolition company. She gets a call from her sister's teenage daughter, Peyton, while on a job site. Peyton bears the shocking news that Dana's sister needs a kidney donor and Peyton is not a match. Dana must return to a home that she has not seen for 16 years and face the people she left behind.
The story is told from both Dana and Peyton's perspective. I am not a huge fan of the chapter openings describing sea life. I felt like I could have 'gotten there' without the not so subtle push from the author. I will not give any spoilers, however I was also unsure how many of the 'reveals' were meant to be a surprise. At times, there was so much foreshadowing, I could easily tell what was coming. This may have been purposeful.
One of Carla Buckley's strengths in her other books I've read is the ability to allow the reader to empathize with a protagonist who makes a decision that would be morally abhorrent under normal circumstances.
I did not find Dana to be particularly empathetic in this story.
I would recommend either of Carla Buckley's other books over Invisible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters are so real, the plot unrecognizable throughout the whole book, the timing of sequences keep you reading late into the night and I enjoyed every chapter!Published 3 months ago by Dixie Darling
This book is a fast read and was enjoyable. The characters were well developed and the line of the story plays very well. It made us want to learn more about nano technology. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rita and Jack
I liked the way the chapters alternated between the two main characters and the marine life descriptions were fantastic.Published 8 months ago by glh
Read it for my book club...it was 'just ok'. Not bad, not good.....just OK.Published 10 months ago by pdmkiss
The book was hard to follow at first. One storyline was pointless and in the end, the author didn't tie up loose ends. Frustrating read.Published 11 months ago by Ana
I really liked this book and couldn't put it down wanting to know what was going to happen next. I really liked the characters but didn't really care for the ending. Read morePublished 12 months ago by joyce c
It showed how harmful grown ups can be to children when parents can not get along .Published 12 months ago by Merrynote
Nothing really wrong with invisible, but not really my kind of book I guess you could say. I gave it a 3 star, but that's just my opinion. Others may like it better.Published 22 months ago by Kathy latham