Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell, 4 Stars

Lisa Jewell has somehow become a super prolific writer. And I don’t say that out of disbelief, because I love her books. I say it because I kind of feel like I’ve been there since the beginning. Which is so funny to say since she has no idea who I am nor should she care.

Isn’t it funny how we as perfectly average human beings feel such a connection to celebrities and writers? I think no matter what, fiction or nonfiction, they do put so much out there for us that we can’t help but identify with them and feel like we somehow know them.

Jewell’s books are a cross between Jodi Picoult, and Ruth Ware with the slightest dash of Emily Giffin. I love them all. And Invisible Girl is just as good as the others.

From the Publisher:

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 Review:

Do you ever wonder who your neighbors really are? In Invisible Girl, we meet The Fours. Owen Pick lives across the street from him with his aunt, which already makes him super weird. Because he’s in his mid-thirties. Think a slightly creepier than Steve Carell 40-year-old virgin who lives with his elderly aunt. Weird, right?

But then Owen, a father of two across the street? Also kind of weird. He’s a therapist but is constantly leaving his house at all hours of the day and night to job in skin tight black clothing. Weird.

Then at the intersection of all that, we have Saffrye, a teenage girl who has pretty much lost everything. She’s an orphan who lives with her uncle who is very cool, but still a single dude trying to parent his niece.

Great, characters right? Jewell really sets a fantastic foundation for the story that ensues. There’s betrayal, accusations and a mystery at the center that kept me turning pages. I think this one was read pretty much in one sitting. Jewell definitely does not disappoint.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Atria books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out October 13, 2020. Get your copy:

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