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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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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.

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.

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 disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published October 13, 2020 by Atria Books

ISBN: 9781982137335

 

6 reviews for Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

  1. Chandra

    “There’re no such things as happy endings; we all know that.”

    I started this read a couple days ago and was instantly hooked and zoomed through the first 23% like it was NOTHING. I was intrigued and tingled with anticipation to see what Jewell had for us this time. One of the things I love best about her writing is how intricate she is with her characters and know to expect a slow build up of layers that culminate into a full circle of thrillery goodness… predictable or not. She does the same thing here and we get introduced to several different POVs which we eventually learn how they intersect.

    Here’s the thing. After that first 23%, I needed it to just get somewhere. I understood there was a foundation being built but I started to get a little weary eyed. If you’re looking for a super twisty thriller that’s going to POW, BANG, WTF you, then this isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for a soft build of a thriller that DOES still surprise you, come on in – the water is warm and waiting for you.

    I did think a couple plot points got a little bit muddled but it’s the characters that shine and make this book brilliant. The different character arcs… the vulnerability in the flawed humanity that we can all relate to. This is where this author shines in all her work. And I appreciated the ending that gratified an inkling I had tapping at the back of my brain.

    It’s no secret that Lisa Jewell is one of my all time favorite authors. This is my 6th book by her and only 1 of 2 that I’ve rated less than 4 stars. The *problem* with reading more than a few books by an author is that they’ll probably run the spectrum of AMAZING to GREAT and so while the great books are still amazing, they might not live up to other books you’ve read. Am I making sense? Babble much? 🤣 Then She Was Gone and Watching You still rank in my top but really, all of her books are intricate and brilliant in their own right.
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  2. Tali Leonard

    “Invisible Girl” is my second Lisa Jewell
    novel and I love it just as much as the first one, “The Family Upstairs.”

    The Invisible Girl revolves around the Fours family: Cate, her husband Roan, her son Josh and her daughter Georgiana. One day, Georgina comes home and tells her parents that the odd neighbor who lives across the street was following her. Owen, the neighbor, is a thirty-year old virgin and former professor who lost his job after being accused of misconduct at work.

    Then we have Roan’s past patient, Saffyre Maddox. She has a huge secret. Someone abused her 10 yeesrs ago and left emotional scars. Saffyre is discharged from therapy but does not agree with this clinical decision. As a result, she starts to stalk her therapist and discovers his double life…

    The story begins when Saffyre disappears at night on Valentines. Everyone is immediately suspicious of Owen who just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the neighborhood.

    This story was a great example of how people can jump to conclusions before really knowing the background of another person.

    Owen and Saffyre were my favorite characters because they were the most complex. Personally, I was not a fan of the characters as people. Although I felt empathy for Owen, Saffyre’s chapters were the hardest for me to read. All of the characters judged him fairly quickly because he was odd and quirky. The book had several primary and secondary characters but I felt that they all developed well and all tied up neatly at the end.

    This thriller moved at a steadier pace rather than lightning fast. Lisa Jewell was able to maintain the readers attention while fully developing these characters. I felt that this was a very well written and thought provoking book. Aside from not judging people, the book also touched on secrets. How well do you know someone? What is it like to have someone form an opinion about you without really knowing you? This book had me turning pages until the very end.

    As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  3. Brittany Chelle (verified owner)

    I absolutely LOVED Lisa’s Jewell ” Then She Was Gone “. That book still impacts me to this day. I had not read any other book , besides that book , from this particular author , and when this book was announced that it was going to be published. It quickly became one , of my most anticipated books , of the year ! .
    Unfortunately, I am a little disappointed I totally recommend that you do not have high expectations, especially if you read ” Then She Was Gone “. I think in my own personal perspective I would like her earlier books better . The narration starts off being fast , and intriguing. Then it starts getting slower, and slower. So safe to say to me it felt like a slow paced slow burn type , of psychological thriller. I will say she developed good characters in this book . I just didn’t really connect with any of them. I guess after re thinking it the only issue I had was the pacing it was way to
    slow for the typical psychological thriller I usually read . I eventually started to skim through just to get it done . The only reason I was able to somewhat be intrigued with the book , because she did added a suspenseful feel throughout the book. I felt little connection with this book , not as impacted as ” Then She Was Gone ” . I think if she were to break things down better through out the book it would have been much better. I still would recommend this book at least once . You won’t know if you won’t like it until you read it . Maybe it’s more , so a book to pick out in your next library haul !
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    ☆ ☆ ☆- I liked it enough to recommend at least once

  4. Kaylie

    *Content Warning: mentions sexual assault, and self-harm*

    Author Lisa Jewell has done it again; creating a dark, suspenseful thriller with stunning prose that keeps the reader up way past their bedtime. Invisible Girl follows introvert seventeen year old Saffyre, mother of two Cate, and lonely thirty-three year old Owen and how they are all impacted by a series of sex crimes that are happening in their neighbourhood. Jewell weaves this story through their voices and leads the reader to think one thing is happening and then takes the story in a different direction; the tell of a great storyteller. The reader will always be guessing what is going to happen next. Each of these characters have their own plot that weaves in and out of the main plot and all of these characters end up connected in likely ways.

    Jewell incorporates a lot of different themes in Invisible Girl, all of which intertwine and bounce off of one another adding an extra layer to her overall plot. Jewell’s main themes are infidelity, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, self-harm, family dysfunction, and general trauma. These can be trigging for the reader so it is important for the reader to go into this book knowing that these themes are brought up throughout the story. Overall, Invisible Girl is a dark story and Jewell isn’t afraid to dive into those unsettling themes to create an enthralling and engaging story.

    Jewell is a magnificent author who knows how to keep readers on their toes from the very beginning to the very end. Things that the reader wouldn’t even think of being related end up having a connection, which shows that Jewell tied up all loose ends so that the reader can be satisfied with Invisible Girl in the end. Her prose is absolutely lovely for such a dark and twisted story making the entire novel a juxtaposition that works flawlessly. I cannot wait to see what Jewell creates next, she is a master storyteller and I want to experience all the stunning art she puts in the world.

    As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  5. KC

    Lisa Jewel is an auto buy author for me with my favorite being Watching You followed by The Family Upstairs and Then She was Gone.

    Invisible Girl did a great job of keeping me engaged and turning the pages. I just love how Lisa Jewell writes.
    I would classify this one as a dark mystery or domestic drama, so don’t expect a thriller. This is more of a slow burn then I would usually go for, but she still was able to keep me entertained. Her characters tend to be on the odd side, but I think she does a great job of having you sympathize with characters even though you may not like them. This book has a great flow to it with it’s short chapters and alternating POVS. I do wish that she called this one Watching You 2 or Watching You Again. It was so similar to the concept that I think she could have done something really cool by tying the two stories together. But overall I was satisfied, and anxiously awaiting her next book!

    I would recommend this to Lisa Jewell fans, and fans of slow burn mysteries and quirky characters.

  6. Amy

    Invisible Girl is fast paced with short chapters and alternating points of view, which is definitely a plus!There are just enough twists and secrets to keep you entertained and guessing throughout the whole book. I’m looking forward to reading more Lisa Jewell!

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