The Invisible World

Books on Tape. Sept. 2023. 9:13 hrs. ISBN 9780593789971. $65. HORROR
Fussner’s spellbinding debut follows the crew of Searching for…the Invisible World, a paranormal investigations TV show reluctantly led by overworked producer Sandra. When their new house shows signs of supernatural activity, Eve and Ryan Hawthorne reach out to the ghost-hunting show. Upon arrival, none of the Searching For… crew members think the house is actually haunted, until they too witness strange, unexplainable occurrences. As the week continues and the phenomena intensify, Eve is desperate for the show to find answers, Sandra tries to create something watchable from the chaos, and young ghost hunter Caitlin is simply eager to touch the other side. Fussner wisely eschews the tropes of bleeding walls and jittering spectral entities, going instead for slow-build tension and character development. Transcripts of interviews from the show give listeners a pretend peek behind the curtain, lending an air of authenticity. Stellar vocal performances by a large cast, including Samantha Desz and Cynthia Farrell, incorporate multiple points of view, communicating the personal truths that haunt each character.
VERDICT Outstanding narratorial performances take this novel to the next level. Fussner doesn’t offer easy answers but allows listeners to ponder the existence of the invisible world.
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