My my Lisa Jewell what must your search history look like!
I have loved previous books by Lisa Jewell so was already anticipating good things as I sat down to read Invisible Girl.
I am glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed!
The story centres around a few strong characters and I really like that format. We have a family – mum, dad, 2 children – seemingly the ideal set up. We have a teacher who is seemingly inadvertently in the middle of an accusation of sexual misconduct – I felt quite sorry for him. We have a girl whose life hasn’t exactly gone to plan, she is in therapy which explores the things which have gone wrong in her life – yet she manages to keep back the worst thing.
Their paths cross and interweave in a wonderfully crafted way, layer upon layer of gossamer threads sticking where they touch…
This is proper compelling reading and I was quickly immersed in the story and the lives of these people.
Blurb: 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.