INVISIBLE GIRL by Lisa Jewell is classified as a domestic thriller, and told from the point of view of three characters. It has three timeline parts: Before, After and Now. The main characters are Saffyre Maddox, Cate Fours, and Owen Pick. Saffyre is a teenager living with her guardian uncle. When she was ten years old, something happened to her that started her to self-harm. She has therapy with Roan Fours for three years, but never revealed the source of her trauma. Cate is Roan's wife, mother of their two children, and a part-time physiotherapist. The Fours family has moved to a flat while their house is being renovated. Across the street from them lives Owen. He's a 33-year-old teacher, who is friendless, lives with an Aunt, and is thought of as creepy by others. On top of this, there are women being sexually assaulted in the area and Saffyre goes missing. It is amazing how lives become entangled. Who is responsible Will the right culprit be held accountable
The characters are extremely well-defined in this novel with plenty of depth, flaws, and virtues. The secondary characters enhance the story rather than overwhelming it. The internal and external conflicts are well-defined, believable, and arise out of characterization and circumstance rather than feeling forced. The prose is well-written, fast-paced and engrossing. The plot is clever, shocking, intense, and absorbing. There are several plot twists and turns. Themes include self-harm, sexual assault, treatment of women, secrets, judging others without knowing them, poor judgement; infidelity and much more.
Overall, this was an insightful, thought-provoking, well-crafted drama with a convincing conclusion. This is the second book I have read by Jewell and I look forward to reading more of her novels. They keep getting better and better. I recommend this to those that enjoy mysteries as well as domestic and psychological dramas.
Many thanks to Atria Books, Ariele Fredman, Lisa Jewell and Net Galley for a complimentary digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.