Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl

Large Print - 2020 | Large print edition
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"Owen Pick's life is falling apart. In his thirties, a virgin, and living in his aunt's spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel (involuntary celibate) forums, where he meets the charismatic, mysterious, and sinister Bryn. 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 Maddox disappears-and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432883331
143288333X
Characteristics: 511 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone returns with an intricate thriller about a young woman’s disappearance and a group of strangers whose lives intersect in its wake.


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LLSM
Nov 15, 2020

I struggled to get through this one. Normally I can't put her books down, but this one was a slog. Just didn't care about most of the characters.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 09, 2020

A British thriller with an interesting take on toxic masculinity.

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Katie_Dublin
Nov 08, 2020

Decent, but after reading this and The Family Upstairs, it is quite clear Lisa Jewell is overrated.

debwalker Nov 01, 2020

From the super creepy incel world.....

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brangwinn
Oct 20, 2020

How little we know about our neighbors and how easy it is to label them is the at the center of this novel. When Saffyre disappears, the most likely suspect is the weird guy who lives on the street where the action takes place. 17-year old Saffyre, who is the first-person narrator, is a loner. Her parents have died. She lives with her uncle, who has two jobs to make ends meet. She’s been in counseling with another character in the book, Roan, because of self-harming, but the sessions although helping didn’t get to the origin of her pain. There’s a lot of twists and turns as the story progresses. It’s a character driven mystery, involving the family of the counselor, Owen the weirdo across the street and a mystery person who has been attacking women. As the story moves from Saffyre’s first person point of view to Cate, the wife of Roan and mother of two teens to Owen’s point of view, much is revealed as the reader is presented with the clues needed, along with misdirection. I found the ending very satisfying, with vindication for the people who deserve it.

JCLPiepieB Oct 13, 2020

Slow burn. Originally I was not a fan of this book (in fact I almost put it down) but the climax and the conclusion made it all worthwhile. The story is dark, but stay with it if you can stand it.

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darladoodles
Oct 12, 2020

This is why I love reading Lisa Jewell. The domestic suspense is off the charts with this one. So many fascinating characters working through the baggage that has brought them to where they are today. Cate Fours. Saffyre Maddox. Owen Pick. You have read the plot summary. You know enough. Now, go read about them and discover them the way I did. This is a page turner and you will not want to put it down until you know the answers to all the questions. . .except one, perhaps. Will there be a sequel?

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aliciamarie
Sep 27, 2020

Lisa Jewell has become my favorite author in recent years. I have read and loved all her thrillers. She just has a way of writing that I truly love and look forward to.

I was so excited to be able to read and review the eARC of her latest novel, "Invisible Girl". The premise sounded interesting and original. I was thrilled to start reading. My thrill soon faded. I hate to even say it, but this was a 3 star read for me.

I felt like there was something missing. The whole story seemed a bit odd and it made me feel displaced from beginning to end. So many weird and shady characters, it all felt haphazard. I kept reading, not because I genuinely wanted to know what happened to Saffyre, but to see how all this mess could possibly come together neatly.

This is told through alternating points of views, a narrative I usually like because it allows the reader to see the mystery from all perspectives. But the way this was done was so choppy it took away from the story. I had to think hard about where we last left the character. I had to stop and think how it related to the character who's chapter I had just read. It was exhausting.

This book is filled with the "dark" side of life. Sexual assault, self harm, infidelity, prejudice, misogyny, and mental illness. I applaud Jewell for bringing all these topics into a modern novel to shed light on hard subjects.

The ending seemed rushed and although I went back to read the end twice, it still feels like something was missing. It felt like from beginning to end the line was just straight and flat. No ups and downs, no thrilling revelations or twists. I just can't call this a thriller in any way, shape or form.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for allowing me an advanced ecopy to read and give my honest review. Despite my 3 stars for this read, I am excited to read what Lisa Jewell puts out next!

"Invisible Girl" is due to be released here in the U.S. on Oct 13, 2020 so pre-order now!

Happy Reading!

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MHanover10
Jun 07, 2020

Invisible Girl is another great book by Lisa Jewell. I thought I knew what was going on then Lisa would throw in a curve ball and make me change my mind. Lots of great twists. Lisa has become one author I look for her books because they are so good.

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