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Synopsis: 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 live 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 to 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.
With evocative, vivid, and unputdownable prose and plenty of disturbing twists and turns, Jewell’s latest thriller is another “haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late, read.” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author).
Lisa Jewell is one of my go-to authors for exciting thrillers/mysteries, and she has never let me down. Her latest, Invisible Girl will undoubtedly will further cement her well-deserved reputation as wonderful writer of both character and plot-driven novels.
The story is told from the POVs of Cate, Owen, and Saffyre. Cate I thought was the weakest and found her to be much too easily manipulated. Owen and Saffyre however wonderfully complex characters and their chapters kept me riveted. As for the mystery, well, there are really two: what happened to Saffyre, and who has been sexually assaulting women and young girls in the area. I refuse to give any spoilers, but let me say that all is not as it seems. Just when I thought I had things figured out—BAM—another twist would come that turned everything upside down. Even the ending which at first seems to bring everything to a fitting conclusion, takes a sudden final twist in the last couple of pages.
I swear, at the end of every one of Jewell’s books I think to myself “THAT was her best book yet!” Well, Invisible Girl has done it again. This will definitely please her legions of fans, and most definitely attract new ones. I HIGHLY recommend it for readers who love complicated characters and twisty plots that keep you guessing.