Invisible Girl

Atria. Oct. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781982137335. $28. SUSPENSE
Saffyre Maddox likes to be invisible. After several years of counseling, she is released by her child therapist Roan Fours, but she’s not ready to let go. Saffyre begins to follow Roan, spending a lot of time in an empty lot across the street from the house he shares with his wife, Cate, a physiotherapist, and their kids. The lot is also next to the home of Owen Pick, a loner whom the neighbors find odd. When Saffyre goes missing, police question Cate and Owen, and a story begins to unfold that links all of these characters together. Jewell’s newest novel (The Family Upstairs) is about family and identity mixed in with a mystery of a missing girl. Told through the perspectives of Saffyre, Cate, and Owen, the narrative unwraps details through each character’s distinct personality. In Saffyre, Jewell creates a sarcastic and poetic character, while Cate is suspicious and prone to heavy dialog instead of introspection. Owen’s chapters ensure that readers find him odd yet also feel sympathy for him.
VERDICT Suspense fans will devour this twisted tale of intricately interwoven characters. The many turns will surprise and keep readers thinking long after they’ve finished.
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