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Invisible Girl

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I’m a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s books and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.  The story centres on the disappearance of a young girl, Saffyre, who has had a troubled childhood.  Roan is the child psychologist dealing with her case and is an unlikeable character.   He is married to Cate and has two teenage children.  Owen, a college lecturer, is an odd character.  He lives opposite Roan with his aunt and he has never had a girlfriend.  As the plot thickens we discover how these characters are linked and what secrets they are all hiding.  Lisa explores how appearances can be deceiving and how quickly society judges people.  This is a story about secrets, lies, deception with quite a few sensitive topics covered and fascinating characters whose stories will have you gripped.  A highly recommended read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Cornerstone for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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17 year old Saffyre Maddox is feeling lost after stopping counselling, struggling to cope with the secret she failed to reveal to her therapist Roan Fours. Roan has his own troubles: he, his wife Cate and their two children have had to temporarily move into rented accommodation, leaving them living across the road from Owen Pick - a loner in his 30s who's soon suspended from his job as a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, and who Roan and Cate's daughter is sure followed her home. The connections between them are insubstantial and flimsy, but soon become the focus of a criminal investigation when Saffyre goes missing, and the last person to see her is no other than Owen Pick...

Ok, this is a very hard book to review, as I'm cautious of the need not to reveal any potential spoilers! What I will say is that it is definitely not what I expected from the blurb - it was better. The book is narrated by Saffyre, Cate and Owen, with Saffyre's sections being told on a slightly different timeline. This meant that there was a real drip drip drip of information, which kept you captivated and desperate to find out what happens next! There's so many suspicious characters along the way, and the way Jewell writes means you assume everyone is hiding something, and she definitely throws in a few red herrings along the way!

However, along with being a great thriller, it was also a really interesting exploration of how important it is to avoid prejudging people, as it shows in a multitude of different ways how people rarely are who you think they will be, and how easy it is for anyone and everyone to hide behind a mask... A really quick and easy read, that dragged me in immediately and also raised some thought provoking questions. It's a win for me!

Disclaimer - I was fortunate enough to be provided with an advance reading copy of this book by NetGalley. This has not affected my review in any way, and all opinions are my own.
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A tense, fast-paced psychological drama packed with twists and suspense

When 17-year-old Saffyre Maddox disappears on Valentine’s Night, both the police and local housewife Cat Fours instantly suspect one man – 33-year-old loner Owen Pick, who’s house Saffyre was last seen outside of on that fateful night. Owen is a natural person for suspicion to fall on – he lives with an elderly aunt, has never had a girlfriend and was recently suspended from his job as a teacher for inappropriate behaviour towards his students. With multiple attacks on women occurring all over town, Cat fears for herself and her teenage daughter, whilst also struggling with worries that her husband Roan might be having an affair. However, not all is as it seems – when Saffyre was a child, she began harming herself after experiencing a traumatic event, and Roan ended up being her therapist. As the media storm ramps up, secrets are revealed, and the links between Saffyre’s disappearance, Owen and Cats’ lives become clear.

This was a fantastic, twisty thriller-mystery story told from 3 separate points of view – damaged but spirited Saffyre, concerned mother Cat and oddball Owen. The plot is fast-paced and exciting with a dark, foreboding feel to the writing that keeps you turning pages, eager to find out the secrets that connect the three main narrators. There are plenty of suspicious characters and red herrings to keep you guessing, and the author touches on some really interesting subjects and raises fascinating questions about judging people and jumping to conclusions.

I felt empathy with all of the characters in this story, particularly poor Saffyre who has been through a lot in her life already. All of the main players were three-dimensional and believable, and all of them carried secrets that come out into the open as the book progresses. Owen, in particular, was a very well-written character - as a reader, you could understand why he is seen as ‘creepy’ and yet also sympathise with him and the loneliness of his life. I found the section about his online brush with the ‘Incel’ community particularly disturbing, especially when you consider that men like that do exist in the real world. The parallels between his life as an ‘invisible’ man and Saffyre’s ability to remain invisible to those around her were very well drawn, and the threads of the story all end up tying together well.

In conclusion, I very much enjoyed this story and found it an easy but thrilling read. I would definitely be keen to read more from this author in the future.


Elite Reviewing Group received a copy of this book to review.
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Lisa Jewell has made me believe in second chances. I've previously tried, and failed, to read The Girls. I couldn't get behind it at all and ended not finishing it.

When I saw Invisible Girl I knew I need to try again because it's premise sounded so good.

I enjoyed the storyline, I felt connected to the characters and overall had a really good time. And although there weren't many twists, it also wasn't too predictable and it felt like a breath of fresh air.

Also, I bloody love an open ending where the final opinion of what actually may have happened is placed upon the reader and we will NEVER know! 

Definitely recommend.
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Verdict: Yes, read it.  have been a bit obsessed with this book. Had to read it cover to cover over the weekend. And it is was worth it.

Plot: A young  girl has kept a dark secret within her. She was small when she knew, but now the secret has changed her. Silent and observant, Saffyre has a strange obsession with her therapist. On the other end is another loner, Owen who is dealing with his own issues. Their world collides and things unravel. 

Opinion: It is a straight up mystery. Very subtle and unnerving at times.
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A teenage girl Saffire is treated by a child psychologist (Roan) for problems in her past , she discusses deaths of her family members but never discloses what seems to be the main trigger to her anxieties . After her discharge she becomes fixated on him and follows him without his knowledge . She discovers things about him that his wife and family do not suspect. Saffire takes to spending time in a copse opposite Roan's family flat which is due for a building project to begin , where she meets Roan's son Josh . She also meets a loner (Owen) living in a flat to the side of the building site. There have been a number of sexual assaults in the area and Saffire goes missing , blood and a number of clues are found below Owens flat and he becomes a suspect in a murder case and is arrested by D.I Currie and questioned about the assaults and the murder of Saffire although no body has been found . The reason for Saffires disappearance is uncovered and the involvement of Josh and others is laid bare in this thrilling story.
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Lisa Jewel manages to make really nnoying people interesting and she's done it again

Although I didn't find it as enjoyable as some of her other titles, I hated being interrupted and having to leave off, and I found the characters kept occupying my mind when not reading.

The setting is a little more ofgbeat than some scenarios. The people of Hampstead and environs do it encompasses very exclusive dwellings and also a few high tides too.
A missing teenager, a child psychiatrist being stalked and his family being monitored and an oddball who is aware of his otherness, which makes women reluctant to date him.
I found a few outcomes a little banal and not very likely in real life, but it maintained it's unpredictability right to the end.
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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell 

The book brings together complex characters bringing out a thrilling psychological drama! Totally captivating
Owen Pick is arrested for abduction of young Saffyre Maddox, who he doesn't recall meeting. Everything he did seems to make him a suspect, even though he only remembers fragments of detail. People he doesn't remember are coming forward as witnesses against him.

Roan Fours, A child psychologist lives with his wife Cate and children Georgia and Josh in a new neighborhood. With a failing marriage, dramatic daughter, empathetic Josh, Cate has her handful!

Saffyre Maddox, never opened up to what happened to her in therapy, couldn't connect with her family or sleep in her own home. She tries to find a solution for her problems on her own.

The book is about how their lives collide in shocking twists and turns. The story is written from Owen, Saffyre and Cate's point of view. The book is so amazingly written, that you will feel the hatred, fear, worry - Everything the character goes through

Captivating psychological thriller! A must read book for all readers :)

Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for my copy
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A brilliant tense 'whodunnit' thriller with great characters and story to match. I really enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book all the way through.  It had a really good plot, great main characters and really keeps you hooked on the plot.  I would highly recommend this book.
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Another great psychological thriller from Lisa Jewell. I really enjoyed reading The Invisible Girl.  The plot and characters drew me in right from the start and I found this a compelling read with some surprising twists along the way.
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I honestly don’t know how Lisa Jewell does it.  Every time I read her new book I say that was the best one yet and every year she tops it with another tense twisty read that keeps you guessing and gasping out loud. This is one I know I can hand sell as it has everything. Fantastic
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Really great domestic thriller from Jewel. I think this is one of her best books. I was hooked from beginning to end. 

Thanks a lot to NG nd the publisher for this copy.
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There isn't much not to like about this novel. It's a good story, with interesting characters, it's intense and covers some creepy topics.

I liked the fact that many of the characters in this book could be classified as misfits, the type of people that don't seem to fit perfectly into mainstream society. That just made them all the more interesting to me, and I enjoyed reading about their odd habits and their eccentricities. Also, if someone had asked me before reading this book what an "incel" was, I wouldn't have been able to tell them. I had never heard this phrase before, and so perhaps you haven't either. Well, you'll learn all about it in the read. And it's interesting.

The first half of this book did move at a slower pace than I would have ideally liked, but by the second half of the book, things had picked up nicely and I was really invested in the story. Told from three different perspectives (which I tend to love) this story was engrossing, interesting, and a good study of human nature. This is a story that didn't have any big twists and turns, and so don't be expecting that. I would describe this one as a mystery, and as a solid story told by a great storyteller.

I'll definitely be picking up whatever Lisa Jewell writes next.
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This is the story of Saffyre, a young girl who has already lost so much in her short life but mysteriously disappears one evening, leaving her older brother bereft. Saffyre is a complex and troubled teen who has been having counselling following the death of her family when she was younger, but how much of this past feeds into the mystery of her disappearance is unclear. At least to begin with. This is a complex tale which looks at both Saffyre’s past and the events which shaped her into the. girl, or rather young woman, that she is today and the weeks leading up to her disappearance, told in her own voice making the story all the more powerful and poignant at times as a result. I really liked SAffyre. Lis Jewell has, in her, created a character who is vulnerable and, yes, slightly damaged, but who also has a core strength that it is clear others often overlook. She may be the odd girl, the one others easily dismiss or forget, the epitome of the ‘invisible girl’ – present but unseen by anyone other. than her brother – but her invisibility, her rather unique nature, proves to be her greatest asset in this complex and sometimes dark tale.

In contrast to Saffyre there is one other key character who inhabits this strange and dark world that Lisa Jewell has created. Equally as misunderstood as Saffyre, Owen Pick is far from invisible. In fact his very, how shall I put this, unique nature makes his stand out like a sore thumb, particularly in a community which is seeing a rise in sexual assaults on young women. He is awkward, his character is far from what the majority would consider normal and Lisa Jewell plays this perfectly, using the who notion that different means wrong that is far too prevalent in modern society. I found myself feeling kind of sorry for Owen, even if he really is creepy as hell at times and his actions often leave a lot to be desired. But, quite like Saffyre, he has a troubled past but where one is seen as a victim, her is seen as a suspect. Stereotyping perhaps, but it has an undeniable feeling of authenticity about it.

There is a strong undercurrent of unease from the very first page. Tat feeling that something awful is going to happen that only grows stronger the further we go into the book and the more we learn about Saffyre’s character and what she has seen and experienced. The backstory of the assaults feeds into the narrative perfectly, playing out in quite a surprising way. It is fair to say that whilst the lions share of the story focuses on Saffyre and Owen, the two misfits in a very ‘normal’ community, there are a raft of characters whose behaviour will shock, surprise and often incense you as a reader. I often found myself having quite a visceral reaction to some of the characters, particularly one of Owen’s neighbours, Cate, who just happened to be married to Saffyre’s therapist Roan. For a woman who has had her own share of strange ‘episodes’ it seems, she had me biting my tongue trying not to shout ‘wind your neck in love’ at my kindle. Well meaning or just nosy? You read and decide for yourself. As for her daughter the drama queen … Don’t even get me started.

Another tense, but perfectly paced psychological thriller that kept me completely glued to the story and desperate to find out what really happened to Saffyre. And as for the ending … well let us just say that everyone finally seemed to get what they truly deserved. Definitely recommended.
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Lisa Jewel’s books are usually ‘hit and miss’ for me and this one was definitely a ‘miss’. The premise was intriguing but the story didn’t deliver, as it was slow paced and lacked mystery and suspense. The characters were not well developed and the ending was particularly disappointing and a little cringing, to be honest. I won’t rush to read another book by this author.
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I’ve enjoyed Lisa Jewell’s writing for a few years now and Invisible Girl did not disappoint! A great thriller which explores themes of family, trust, judgement and doubt. I was hooked on the story throughout and the end really packed a few punches, just when you thought the story was winding down. Great book! 
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the chance to review this book.
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I really enjoyed this latest from the brilliant Lisa Jewell!

Full of tension and great story telling.... this is a real page turner.

Seen through the eyes of 3 main characters - Owen the local loner, a teenager called Saffyre and the family of a therapist.... all our connected in intricate ways.... leaving the reader wondering who is the really who.

Thanks for Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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I always enjoys stories by Lisa Jewell and this was no exception.  The characters were really interesting, a bit of a bunch of misfits really but as the story developed and I learned more about their circumstances, it was really quite moving in places.  Lisa Jewell always adds a sense of mystery which is compelling and made it one of those stories you really need to keep reading.  Really interesting character studies and a great example of how mindless talk can ruin lives.
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Owen is 30, single, alone. He lives with an aunt who barely tolerates him. He's a bit creepy as well - in the eyes of people who notice him. Saffyre is a young school girl who has her own demons to cope with after experiencing abuse when she was only 10. Owen spirals into despair after getting into trouble at work and is in a pretty awful state beginning to blame all women for his troubles.
When a pretty young girl like Saffyre goes missing in the immediate area of where Owen lives it's only natural that the focus is on Owen. Is he guilty though?  What really happened to Saffyre? Great read - go and read it.
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