Book Review - Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell



One of the good things about this strange year is that I have had more opportunity to read. I’ve also expanded the genres I’m reading to include Mysteries and Thrillers - a genre I’ve typically stayed away from. After seeing the hype for this book over the past few months, I decided it was time to read it. Thanks to my local library for having an audiobook copy available soon after I requested it.

The story is told in the multiple perspectives of three protagonists. Owen Pick is a man in his thirties, a virgin living in his aunt’s home for the past fifteen years. He has recently been suspended from his teaching job after being accused of sexual misconduct which he adamantly denies. He lives across the street from Cate Fours and her family - Roan her child psychologist husband, and her two children Georgia and Josh. Saffyre Maddox is a seventeen year old former patient of Roan’s who has suffered a trauma at the age of ten. When she suddenly disappears, the police fear she has been abducted and believe that Owen is behind this.  But is he?

There is a lot going on in this book which kept me engaged and wanting to read more. I enjoyed the author’s style of releasing information to the reader in a non-linear time frame. Piecing the puzzle together in this manner allowed speculation as to what has actually occurred, only to be disproved later. I felt the characters to be well-developed and complex. The book discusses the societal implications of misogyny.  I was introduced to the term incel, a community I did not know existed. Because of its importance in parenting, I appreciated that childhood trauma is a theme throughout the book and further that it addresses the impact of unresolved trauma on the child throughout their lives.

I listened to the audiobook version which was performed by Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly and Connor Swindells. I am a believer that books such as this deserve an ensemble cast and I applaud the publisher on the decision to do so. The actors’ voices are age-appropriate for the characters, articulate and easy to understand. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x speed, and found the speed perfect for easy listening.

I highly recommend this book to those that love a good thriller or mystery. I look forward to reading more from this author.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

28 comments:

  1. I'm hit or miss with Jewel's books. But I'll have to check this one out.

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  2. Ooo this book sounds amazing and the audio book also sounds like a must listen!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  3. This sounds like a great book and I'm intrigued to read it. Great review.

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  4. I love a thriller but haven't read one in ages! This sounds really great - I love that it's split between 3 perspectives x

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  5. Mystery and thriller have never been my genres either 🙆🏼‍♀️ luckily I discovered Helen Fields and her DI Callanach series and so I decided to give the genres a fair try. This book here sounds very interesting and it reminded me of The Silent house by Mel Pattison and Strangers by C.L.Taylor. Great review!

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  6. This sounds like a really great read! I love how it's told from 3 different perspectives too, I feel like that always makes it more interesting :)

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  7. Ooh I love a thriller. Thank you for a lovely spoiler free book - sounds like it is a must read. Great post!


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  8. This sounds good! I really like thrillers so it was interesting to read you normally avoid them. I love books from a multi person perspective, I feel like it really adds something to the story. I haven't read this before but I have enjoyed one or two others I've read by her x

    Sophie
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    1. Thanks Sophie! I’ve become quite a fan of thrillers over the past several months!

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  9. Sounds like a great book. I'm glad you liked the audiobook as well. I drive a lot so they are great for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Ooo I love a good thriller so this sounds right up my street!

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    1. That's great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic read, Jodie! I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to for the past year, but I'm definitely tempted to pick this one up. It sounds like it's full of exciting twists and turns!

    Have you read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield? The protagonist is a young woman writing the biography of an eccentric, dying novelist/diva with a dark past. It wasn't so much a thriller, but definitely a thrilling mystery. I think you'd enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the book recommendation Bianca!

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  12. I've heard great things about this book.

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  13. This sounds like an intriguing read, though I am not sure how I feel about the three POVs, I generally feel it gets too much. Maybe the audiobook would work since they have a cast for it (instead of one person doing all the voices). Great review! Happy you enjoyed it and learned something. ~

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  14. I love it when audiobook publishers go with an ensemble cast!

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