Book Reviews: Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Invisible Girl

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads blurb: Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

My Take: 4 out of 5. this was a great book! The chronological timing back and fort during 300 years at first was a bit complicated and required some thought to it but then, once you understand why it is its so brilliant. I loved the story, its very well written and I love good endings and this did not disappoint. The concept is interesting, the stories are cool and you will get very invested in these characters. This is a little fantasy/spiritual/historical fiction romance mash up which is totally up my alley. Highly recommend it.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Goodreads blurb: 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”

my take: 3.5 out of 5. This was a good mystery book but it is not close to being one of Lisa Jewells best (and i love her). For me the proof of a great mystery is that i can’t put it down and this one was hard for me to get into. Once i entered part 2 it flowed so much easier and i started to really enjoy it. I also loved how unpredictable the ending was and especially the last page (if you know you know). The different points of view throughout the story were interesting but I feel that two of the most important were missing and that just left a whole in the story. SPOILER ALERT: unlike The Guest List for example where the different narrators are the most important characters, here you have some significant characters point of view missing. I understand why, but it does diminish the multiple point of view angle. A good book, but read her others first.

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