Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Page Count: 365
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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.
Young Saffyre Maddox spent three years under the care of renowned child psychologist Roan Fours. When Dr. Fours decides their sessions should end, Saffyre feels abandoned. She begins looking for ways to connect with him, from waiting outside his office to walking through his neighborhood late at night. She soon learns more than she ever wanted to about Roan and his deceptively perfect family life. On a chilly Valentine’s night, Saffyre will disappear, taking any secrets she has learned with her.
Owen Pick’s life is falling apart. In his thirties and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct—accusations he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel forums, where he meets a charismatic and mysterious figure.
Owen lives across the street from the Fours family. The Fours have a bad feeling about their neighbor; Owen is a bit creepy and suspect and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night. Could Owen be responsible? What happened to the beautiful missing Saffyre, and does her disappearance truly connect them all?
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell is a domestic thriller novel. The story in this one is told by changing the point of view between characters and is also one that is told in differing timelines with a before, after and now.
Saffyre Maddox is seventeen and has struggled for years with what happened to her when she was only ten years old. At twelve Saffyre began seeing therapist, Roan Fours, who she continued to see for the next few years until Roan thought Saffyre had made progress and didn’t need him anymore. However, Saffyre had never admitted her trauma and lived with her pain feeling as if she were invisible.
Owen Pick is someone who also feels invisible in life. At thirty three Owen lives in his aunt’s spare bedroom and has been suspended from his job. Owen lives near the Fours family who don’t trust the single man near them. When Saffyre goes missing all eyes become focused on Owen as the culprit but could he have been responsible?
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell is a thriller that started off at a slower pace and gradually increased the pacing and intensity as it pulled me in. This one again may sound confusing with the point of view changes and the different timelines but it read smoothly and was easy to become engrossed in the story. Of course having read this author before I expected wonderful writing and a few twists and turns and that was exactly what I found as I devoured the tale despite the slow start.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley
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