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ARC Book Review | Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Lisa Jewell 
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published On: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: digital
Pages: 368


The author of the “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs returns with another taut and white-knuckled thriller following a group of people whose lives shockingly intersect when a young woman disappears. 

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.

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).

My thoughts

(Spoiler free)

Lisa Jewell’s latest book had me guessing until the end! Last fall I enjoyed reading her creepy The Family Upstairs, so it only seemed fitting that I read Invisible Girl this year. I’d be okay if it became an annual fall tradition! 

“Invisibility was my favorite state of existence.”

Lisa Jewell, Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl is full of deliciously unreliable characters masquerading as people who have their lives together. Jewell doesn’t shy away from the seedy, dark underbelly of toxic masculinity, but she also had me questioning everything, unsure if things were as they seemed. They very rarely are.

While this is more of a psychological mystery than a thriller, I still couldn’t stop turning pages. I read the second half in a few hours, unable to set it down. It’s hard to review without giving any spoilers away, but I LOVED that almost every character was unreliable. Sometimes when authors try to fill a story with unreliable characters, it doesn’t work. But for me it worked in Invisible Girl.

Jewell always manages to create characters and settings that readers can step right into. It doesn’t take long to settle into the story. She also teases the reader with just the right amount of information to keep us reading. How does she do that?? 

There were a few minor things at the very end that felt like they tied up too conveniently, but it didn’t distract from the story. Another good one from Lisa Jewell, easily placing her in the must-read-author category for me. 

Thank you to the publisher Atria Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy.

(All quotes are taken from the advance copy and are subject to change in final print.)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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About the Author

Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found YouThe Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. Her debut novel, Ralph’s Party, was an instant Sunday Times (London) bestseller, and more recently her books have become #1 bestsellers in Canada and the UK. In total, her novels have sold over 2 million copies across the English speaking world. Her work has also been translated into sixteen languages. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.

A Song For A Book

On Bookstagram I created a hashtag for when I include a song that reminds me of the book I’m sharing, #ASongForABook, I thought I’d make it a regular feature on my reviews, too.

Radiohead’s “How to Disappear Completely” is the perfect song choice for Invisible Girl. The lyrics work and the eerie sound reflects the mysterious mood the book sets.

That there
That’s not me
I go
Where I please

I walk through walls
I float down the Liffey
I’m not here
This isn’t happening
I’m not here
I’m not here

Have you read Invisible Girl? Did you add it to your tbr? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

5 thoughts on “ARC Book Review | Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell”

  1. I can’t wait to read this. I really enjoyed the Family Upstairs even though a lot of it was really uncomfortable, I really liked how it was written and I’m eager to read more of her writing.

    1. There’s definitely some uncomfortable things in this one, too, but it’s more psychological than haunting. I hope you enjoy it! I would love to hear what you thought. 🙂

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