Sunday, December 23, 2012

Invisible by Carla Buckley

5 Star

Growing up, Dana Carlson and her older sister, Julie, are inseparable—Dana the impulsive one, Julie calmer and more nurturing. But then a devastating secret compels Dana to flee from home, not to see or speak to her sister for sixteen years.

When she receives the news that Julie is seriously ill, Dana knows that she must return to their hometown of Black Bear, Minnesota, to try and save her sister. Yet she arrives too late, only to discover that Black Bear has changed, and so have the people in it.

Julie has left behind a shattered teenage daughter, Peyton, and a mystery—what killed Julie may be killing others, too. Why is no one talking about it? Dana struggles to uncover the truth, but no one wants to hear it, including Peyton, who can’t forgive her aunt’s years-long absence. Dana had left to protect her own secrets, but Black Bear has a secret of its own—one that could tear apart Dana’s life, her family, and the whole town.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

This book was quite captivating despite, and perhaps because, the uncomfortable way it made me feel. A lot of the situations surrounding one of the main characters are quite traumatic yet I feel like that is part of the strength of incredible writing of this book. It was entirely engrossing from very early on in the book, so much so that I hated it have to put it down.

Part of the great appeal was the subtext of so many different things happening yet so many details being just alluded to. It made me feel like I wanted to rush on to find out exactly what the truth behind them all actually was. It reminded me that we cannot know everything about circumstances and how it is easy to judge despite that fact, which is something that kept coming up in the book.

The characters were very strongly described and developed, even characters that were no longer alive. It made the story come alive because you got to know them in very intimate and interesting ways, almost getting inside of their heads.

I also quite enjoy books where chapters alternate between different characters as this one did since I feel it gives a much more complete and better perspective on the story within. After all, there are at least two sides to every story, right? The interesting part about this was that the characters were quite different in age and had had very different and completely isolated experiences that this book brought together, so it was not always the same story repeated in a different voice but a different story complementing the other voice's.

I truly enjoyed this book and really don't want to say much more about what happened in it as I am too afraid of giving something essential away. Suffice to say, I really recommend it, especially if you like a book that is realistic, intriguing and also a bit of a mystery.

Thank you to Random House for our review copy! All opinons are our own.

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