I think it’s quite rare to be such an avid fan of Thriller and Mystery novels, and not hear of the name Lisa Jewell or at least be familiar with of any of her works. Funny thing is, I am quite familiar with some of her work, and a couple titles have even been recommended to me; however, this is my first time reading a book from Lisa Jewell.
by Lisa Jewell
Edition: Hardcover, 357 pages
Published: October 13th 2020 by Atria BooksOriginal
ISBN: 1982137339 (ISBN13: 9781982137335)
The author of the “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) The Family Upstairs returns with another taut and white-knuckled thriller following a group of people whose lives shockingly intersect when a young woman disappears.
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).
This was my first introduction to Lisa Jewell’s work and I am proud to announce that I ended up liking this book to an extent. First of all, I love the the missing-person trope in thriller and mystery novels and for someone who has read quite a bit of said trope, I was desperately hoping that this book wouldn’t take the easy route and end up being predictable. I can say that there were some revelations that I did not expect, and some which were pretty obvious to me. However, that didn’t really impact my overall rating for this book as I do enjoy predicting the twists sometimes.
The characters could have been written better, I think they all lacked dimension and depth, and as a result I didn’t feel for any of them nor did I really connect with any of them. The tension and pace was quite good, I was eager to read this book and for a moment I didn’t want to put it down. However, the tension and suspense wasn’t maintained throughout the book which was a bit disappointing. That being said I would still class this as a good thriller. It had all the elements that you would need in a good thriller; a solid plot, the suspicious characters, missing person, multiple POVs and a good amount of suspense.
I am quite excited to read more from Lisa Jewell.
Have you read Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! If not, is it currently on your tbr?
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