Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell’s latest novel with dark suspense? Yes please!

Thank you to Atria books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

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. With evocative, vivid, and unputdownable prose and plenty of disturbing twists and turns, Jewell’s latest thriller is another “haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author).

The Family Upstairs is still my favorite Lisa Jewell novel. This one was a little too dark for me. Lots of trigger warnings could come up for people reading this. The world of incel is just one that I wasn’t ready to wrap my head around at this time (not mad that I was exposed to it in this book). There’s lots of different point of views which can be confusing to follow so that may turn you off. Lisa is a really talented author and I cannot fault her for that in this book!

3/5 Stars

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