I will start this by saying that Lisa Jewell’s books are either really good, or just okay for me. However, I feel like this one has someone fallen right smack in the middle of that. Invisible Girl was more than just okay – but it didn’t blow me away. However, I do believe that this book could have easily blown me away. I wasn’t 100% sold from the start, in fact, the first part kind of dragged a bit. Nevertheless, I pushed through and ended up enjoying the second half of the story.
Invisible Girl follows multiple different point of views and they’re all fairly distinct so that they’re easy to tell apart. Their are chapters in the past and chapters in the present in this book. We follow Saffyre’s chapters in the past, and in the present when she’s missing. We also follow Cate and Owen in the present day as all of this is unraveling.
I absolutely hate Owen as a person; but as a character he is so complex and interesting. He does make my skin crawl but there was a depth to him? If that makes any sense. He definitely reminded me a little bit of Joe from You in a way. Saffyre was also a fantastic character. I really enjoyed how complex and unique she was. Cate was just kind of there and at times, I didn’t care for her chapters at all.
There is a twist in this novel that I didn’t see coming. This saved the book for me and is what tipped it over the “just okay” benchmark. This novel was mysterious and psychological. The only way this novel could have been better was if I’d been hooked from the start. I do see myself continuing to pick up Lisa Jewell books in the future.