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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
Thriller

Invisible Girl

Repeat author

Lisa Jewell is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include None of This Is True and The Family Remains and The Family Upstairs and The Night She Disappeared and Then She Was Gone and Watching You.

by Lisa Jewell

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A missing girl, the dark web, and neighbors who lurk in the shadows. Lisa Jewell delivers another grade-A suspense.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy

    Creepy

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Whodunit

    Whodunit

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SuburbanDrama

    Suburban drama

Synopsis

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.

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Invisible Girl

Valentine's Night

11:59 p.m.

I duck down and pull my hoodie close around my face. Ahead of me the girl with red hair is picking up speed; she knows she’s being followed. I pick up my speed to match hers. I only want to talk to her, but I can tell from the way she’s moving that she’s terrified. I slow down at the sound of muffled footsteps behind me. I turn and see a figure coming after us.

I don’t need to see their face to know who it is.

It’s him.

My heart starts pounding beneath my ribs, pumping blood through my body so hard and fast that I can feel the cut on my leg begin to throb. I pull back, into the shadows, and wait for the man to pass. He turns the corner, and I see his body language change as he sees the woman ahead. I recognize the shape of him, the angles of his body, and I know exactly what he is planning to do.

I move from my hiding place in the shadows. I stride out, toward the man, toward danger, my actions my own but my fate left wide-open.

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Why I love it

At a time that feels plagued by uncertainty, I’ve been taking great comfort in the things I can rely on: Alex Trebek’s dulcet tones every weeknight at 7pm; the explosion of memes welcoming the internet to PSL season; butter’s ability to make kale edible (don’t @ me); and the reliable satisfaction of a Lisa Jewell thriller.

Jewell’s latest follows the lives of three dissatisfied people: There’s Cate, a physiotherapist and mom of two who worries about the state of her marriage with therapist Roan. There’s Saffyre, a teenager with a traumatic past who feels slighted by the abrupt ending to her sessions with Roan. And there’s Owen, Cate and Roan’s 30-something neighbor whose loneliness leads him down a dark path on the internet. The book begins with Saffyre’s disappearance on Valentine’s night, and as this zigzag story unfolds, we learn the dark secrets that thread their lives together.

Jewell is a master at weaving a tale that’s unpredictable, deeply creepy, and that pushes the boundaries of what’s taboo. Invisible Girl is no exception. It’s unexpected and often uncomfortable, with villainous characters you’ll be glad to never meet. In a Halloween season that’s anything but ordinary, if you too are looking for a sure thing, look no further than the disturbingly brilliant mind of Lisa Jewell.

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Member ratings (9,595)

  • Maureen P.

    Murray, UT

    This is a thrilling mystery that’ll keep you questioning everyone. It is filled with twists and turns until the last page & it’ll make you wonder how easy it is to overlook the evil in another person.

  • Stefanie E.

    Baton Rouge, LA

    There’s just something about a Lisa Jewell book that makes me feel like I’m curled up next to a fire in the middle of winter, all cozied up under a blanket with nothing to worry about except reading.

  • Angelea R.

    Sherman, NY

    A wonderful novel about fighting your demons & not judging a book by its cover. The multiple viewpoints build a well-rounded story & makes you realize that maybe you truly don’t know those around you

  • Alaina R.

    Minneapolis, MN

    This was one of the few thrillers I’ve read recently where I truly could not guess the ending! A real page turner where, when it all came together, it felt genuine and not dramatic for the sake of it.

  • Theresa T.

    Huntersville , NC

    Everyone has a story and some people aren’t as good as they pretend to be. Told from several viewpoints, this book leaves you guessing as more secrets are reveled. Thought provoking and well written.

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