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Invisible Girl (Thorndike Press Large Print…

Invisible Girl (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) (edition 2020)

by Lisa Jewell (Author)

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Title:Invisible Girl (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Authors:Lisa Jewell (Author)
Info:Thorndike Press Large Print (2020), Edition: Large type / Large print, 511 pages
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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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The Fours family . . . child psychologist Roan, physiotherapist Cate, daughter Georgia, and son Josh . . . are temporarily settled in Hampstead while their land subsidence-damaged home in Kilburn is being repaired. They tend to avoid their across-the-street neighbor whom they find to be slightly creepy.

Meanwhile, allegations of sexual misconduct with students get Owen Pick suspended from his private school geography teacher position. Owen, naturally, vehemently denies the accusations but there are blanks in his memory . . . .

At the same time, Saffyre Maddox, who spent three years as one of Roan’s patients, feels abandoned when her therapy sessions come to an end and tries to remain connected to Roan by stealthily following him . . . allowing her to learn much more about the man than she’d ever wanted to know.

And then, amid a series of sexual attacks on women in the area, Saffyre vanishes.

Divided into three sections . . . Before, After, Now . . . and told alternately by Saffyre, Cate, and Owen, this narrative reveals family secrets as it focuses on behaviors related to prejudice and relationships. The characters are well-defined, but many are unlikable and/or repulsive. The story is dark; the tension palpable. Readers may not agree with all of the choices made by the characters, but they are in keeping with the parameters of the unfolding story that is less “thriller” and more “mystery.”

Surprising revelations take the narrative in unexpected directions, but with themes relating to domestic relationships, stalking, and abuse, the primary focus of the story is the mystery of what actually happened to Saffyre. With so many of the characters in essentially the same place, any of them could be the person responsible for the young woman’s disappearance.

Astute readers are sure to identify the true culprit before the reveal late in the telling of the tale, but the denouement is sure to satisfy.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jul 30, 2021 |
Whoever wrote the synopsis did NOT ❌ write it to make this book sound as good as it is. So don’t let it deter you from reading another fantastic book by ( )
  amandasgoodbooks | Jul 3, 2021 |
I've listened to several Lisa Jewell audiobooks while walking which I really enjoy. The storyline twists and turns and the characters are multidimensional. Invisible Girl features a teenager named Sapphire who goes missing. Owen Pick, a quiet man in his 30s who has just been let go from his job due to inappropriate sexual misconduct, is accused of having something to do with the missing girl. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Mar 31, 2021 |
I had to laugh when Jewell explained that she basically wants NO interference when she writes a book---it's ALL her efforts ---Me, Myself and I---but she is so successful in her method! So many interesting characters in this book and the story subject matter itself is so much a part of our current lives---it keeps coming back to knock us in our heads---sadly!!! ( )
  nyiper | Mar 23, 2021 |
Thank You to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for this ARC!!

When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she's carried the pain of it around with her ever since. Roan Fours, her therapist, who she thought was going to heal her didn't,and now she follows him like an invisible girl, learning his secrets.

Owen Pick is invisible too. He's thirty-three years old and he's never had a girlfriend, he's never even had a friend.

But when Saffyre Maddox disappears from opposite his house on Valentine's night, and cases of women being sexually assaulted in the area arise, suddenly the whole world is looking at him. Accusing him and holding him responsible because he seems like the perfect type.

But then the questions arise... Is he really responsible? or is he just misunderstood? If he is innocent who is the culprit? And where is Saffyre?

This a very well written book which draws you in right from the first page with enough twists and secrets to keep you hooked on right till the end. And just at the very end you receive that final twist in the tale that's absolutely mind blowing!

I truly loved this book. It focuses the social injustice on how sometimes we just judge a person by his looks and then make an assumption which might not necessary be true.

Overall a fantastic psychological mystery which packs a punch. Highly recommended!!! ( )
  Vanessa_Menezes | Mar 17, 2021 |
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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.

Young Saffyre Maddox spent three years under the care of renowned child psychologist Roan Fours. When Dr. Fours decides their sessions should end, Saffyre feels abandoned. She begins looking for ways to connect with him, from waiting outside his office to walking through his neighborhood late at night. She soon learns more than she ever wanted to about Roan and his deceptively perfect family life. On a chilly Valentine's night, Saffyre will disappear, taking any secrets she has learned with her.

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.

Owen lives across the street from the Fours family. The Fours have a bad feeling about their neighbor; Owen is a bit creepy and suspect and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night. Could Owen be responsible? What happened to the beautiful missing Saffyre, and does her disappearance truly connect them all?

Evocative, vivid, and unputdownable, Lisa Jewell's latest thriller is another "haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read" (New York Times)
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