Book Reviews

Invisible Girl, by Lisa Jewell {Book Review}

I have always said that if I could have a super power, it would be to be invisible. What would you choose? Perhaps my superhero name would be Invisible Girl…and I’d share a name with the title of the book I am reviewing today, that has absolutely NOTHING to do with superheroes.

What is Invisible Girl about?

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.

My Review

The Characters and Storyline

Invisible Girl is told from 3 point of views, that of Owen, Saffyre and Cate.

Saffyre is the character I connected with most. She is a young girl who has gone through a lot of pain in her short life, and I really felt for her. Roan (Cate’s husband) was her psychologist, and through her POV, we do go into their sessions and her relationship with him in the past. I felt like her need to maintain a connection with Roan was a bit far fetched in terms of the things that she did. That being said, I can also understand her attachment to him.Invisible Girl

Owen….. such a polarising character, in that you’re not sure what to make of him. Did he, didn’t he….and also, he just puts his foot in it, over and over. You start wondering if it’s an act and there is actually dark side to him.

Cate I did not care for too much…her character was neither here nor there. She’s a mother, a wife….and her husband appears to be hiding something from her.

My thoughts

In the first third/half of the book, I felt like the wheels were turning really slowly as we waited for the paths of all these characters to collide in some way. I kept going back and reading the synopsis to figure out what the chapter had to do with the main plot. So it definitely got off to a slow start in that respect.

I enjoyed Lisa’s writing style and she is a good storyteller…a very easy read and one that you can read in one or two sittings. The way she weaves everybody’s paths to cross at some point, without us knowing at the time, is expertly done.

Some of the ending to me was a bit far fetched….but it gave me the ending I was hoping for subconsciously, so I am not sure if this is a critique or not. I know…I’m so confusing.

My rating

Invisible Girl has a Goodreads rating of 4.12 out of 5 stars. I’d rate it at a solid 3.75 stars out of 5. Whilst I enjoyed the storyline and the writing style, this was more of a family drama/mystery vs a thriller in my opinion. I went in expecting a thriller, so that’s the only reason I would not give it a full 4 stars, but it comes very close. There’s a juicy titbit that Lisa drops literally on the last page and whilst it’s surprising and not surprising, I did like how she delivered that little nugget.

Disclaimer: Invisible Girl was sent to me by Penguin Random House in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

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