2020 Book #85 – Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Lisa Jewell
Date finished: 11/20/20
Genre: Thriller, suspense
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Pages in book: 365
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley
NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

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.

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.

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 disappears—and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

My rating:  4.5 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I had read one of Jewell’s other recent releases last year, The Family Upstairs, and really loved it so I was excited to read her most recent release. And this author did not disappoint! This book was really great, it kept me guessing right up until the very end. Literally – the very very end had a great plot twist to it. Saffyre’s character was really complex, she had so many layers and she was such an interesting person to learn about. I was suspicious of Josh but I still really liked the mysteriousness of his character. This book also had some interesting narratives around therapists as human beings – they’re just people like the rest of us and have their own quirks and (in some cases) psychoses. How do therapists like that help people when they have issues themselves that they should be addressing? Anyways, this book was very suspenseful, I didn’t want to put it down and it had my heart racing. The plot was great with lots of layers and lots of twists thrown in there throughout the story. I really enjoyed it and I’d definitely recommend it!

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2015 Book #108 – If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz

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Author: Yvonne Prinz
Date finished: 10/15/15
Genre: Psychological thriller
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Pages in book: 278
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

Is Georgia’s mind playing tricks on her, or is the entire town walking into the arms of a killer who has everyone but her fooled?
When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe that Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky was smart. He wouldn’t have surfed in waters more dangerous than he could handle. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating Lucky’s girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: Did Fin murder her brother in order to take over his whole life?
Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. She is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.
As the chilling narrative unfolds, the reader must decide whether Georgia’s descent into madness is causing her to see things that don’t exist–or to see the deadly truth.

My rating: 3.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book is about Georgia, a seventeen year old girl whose brother (Lucky) dies suddenly in Australia while surfing. Georgia has trouble dealing with her brother’s death, and her lack of control makes her want to stop taking her medication for her previously diagnosed schizophrenia. And then a boy named Fin starts hanging around more. And he inserts himself in what used to be Lucky’s life. Befriends his friends, takes his old jobs, starts dating his girlfriend, makes nice with Georgia’s parents. It seems like every time she turns around, Fin is filling up the hole that Lucky left behind. But something doesn’t feel right to Georgia. So many pieces of Fin’s story don’t add up and Georgia starts to wonder if maybe Lucky’s death wasn’t so accidental after all.
Overall I really liked this book. It was riveting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought it was really interesting to hear the story from Georgia’s point of view since (especially once she stopped taking her meds) it was sometimes difficult to tell what was real and what wasn’t. Normally that would have frustrated me to no end but in this story it just made me all the more interested. I didn’t care as much as to what was real and what wasn’t because it was all real to Georgia and she and I were in this together! Anyways Georgia goes off the deep end a bit but she figures it out in the end. I thought that the ending of this book went just a tad too quickly. There was a whole book of build up and then bam it all happened so fast at the end I almost missed it. This was a good book though and I would encourage everyone to try it!

The bottom line: I really liked this book, I thought it was interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Ending went a little fast for me but I would definitely recommend this one!

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