My book review of 'Invisible Girl' by Lisa Jewell
After a difficult time in her marriage, Cat is hopeful that a move to a 'nice' part of town will help her family get themselves on the right track again, but they are soon unnerved by the 'creepy' man living over the road and nighttime assaults on women taking place in the streets nearby. What's more, Cat's husband Roan, a child psychologist, is behaving oddly.
Things take a turn for the worse when a girl goes missing. She was last seen in their street, and she was once Roan's client.
Suspicions abound and quickly the most likely suspect is arrested. Owen has been living with his aunt for years. He's never had a girlfriend and he's just lost his job over allegations, he denies, of sexual harassment. Is he innocent?
I took a while to warm to this book as the situation was prepared for the events of this thriller, but ultimately it was a fascinating page-turner inviting the reader to challenge their own prejudices and preconceptions. We all make assumptions about individuals because of their jobs, their appearance, their friends and houses, but we need to peel back the layers of all our characters to discover who we really are and who can be trusted. It's also an interesting take on how events many years earlier can influence our decisions and behaviour so much later.
A satisfying read, and thought-provoking...