LONDON:On a fine avenue of grand houses, big cars and electronic gates, lies a neglected urban wasteland
It is nearly midnight, and very cold. Yet in this dark place of long grass and tall trees where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is waiting…
When Saffyre Maddox was ten something terrible happened and she’s carried the pain of it around with her ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides from him, invisible in the shadows, learning his secrets; secrets she could use to blow his safe, cosy world apart.
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. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares about him.
But when Saffyre Maddox disappears from opposite his house on Valentine’s night, suddenly the whole world is looking at him. Accusing him. Holding him responsible.
Because he’s just the type, isn’t he? A bit creepy?
INVISIBLE GIRL: A story of secrets and injustices, and of how we look in the wrong places for the bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.
Cate and her family just recently moved into a beautiful area while their house is being built. Owen lives across the street from them in an old house owned by his aunt. Saffyre is a teenage girl that goes missing. Nothing seems to connect and yet everything is connected.
Cate’s family is far from perfect. Owen might seem to not fit in anywhere. And lastly Saffyre, who is both brave and damaged and not knowing how to deal with it.
This is my first book from the author and I’m hooked. This book took a really different turn from what I thought. It was really cleverly written and plays a lot with emotions. It really grips you into the story and makes you want to follow it through.
I especially liked how tiny things sometimes make such a big impact, and how we are slaves to first impressions. My impressions were pretty set in the beginning on some characters, but with time I started to see them in a different way, the more I knew about them, you know?
My favourite part was definitely Owen’s plot line. I found it so interesting and so revolting and gripping!
A big part of this book is dealing with sexual assault and the aftermath of it. How much it changes a person, especially when young. In my opinion it was really well talked about but I did want still a bit more, especially about the incel culture! I actually never heard of it until now. I didn’t even know it existed. So that was for sure something I gained from this book. It only played a tiny part in the plot, so it would have been good to deal more on it.
I also really thought interesting how much people think of posh neighbourhoods as being safe, but that is not always true. I really liked going around the streets of this book and learning more about it.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and how different it was from my expectations. Can’t wait to read more from the author!
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