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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,141 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Growing up, Dana and her older sister, Julie, are inseparable, until a devastating secret compels Dana to flee from home, not to see or speak to her sister for 16 years. When she receives the news that Julie is seriously ill, Dana knows that it is time to return home, to try to save her sister. Yet she arrives too late, only to discover that her hometown has changed, and s ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Random House Inc (first published January 1st 2012)
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I struggled with a 3 or 4 star rating here- there are shortcomings to the book but the stories overcame those easily. Read on to see why.

Carla Buckley’s Invisible is the first of my 2013 must-reads. From the first page, I had a hard time putting it down. Buckley gives us two compelling stories. First is a fractured family dealing with secrets long buried. Second is an epidemic of kidney disease in a small town in Minnesota. The two stories converge in the character of Dana Carlson.

Invisible was
Let's start off by saying that this isn't a bad book. In fact, it's quite an interesting storyline. An Erin Brockovich-esque novel, really. I was drawn to this book by the summary and it wasn't a novel I struggled through, really.

However, this novel felt predictable. I felt like I was one step ahead of the author the entire time when it came to all the plot-twists. The foreshadowing was painfully obvious throughout the entirety. None of the surprise twists were really that surprising.

I felt lik
I just really did not like this book, which was a disappointment because after reading its synopsis, I was definitely looking forward to it.

The book had an interesting premise--estranged sister returns to her small-town roots to find out what sickened her sister and other neighbors. The book was told in two points of view. The first was Dana, the estranged sister. The other was Peyton, the daughter of Dana's sister. Dana's was told in first person, and Peyton's in third, which I think may have a
In a word, oustanding! Carla Buckley delivers another page turner in her second novel, Invisible. She may be the most underrated published author that I read. Not that many people aren't reading her, but the national spotlight hasn't focused on her, yet. It will. Nobody does characters better than Buckley, and that includes a lot of better known authors, who might do them as well, but not better. Buckley's two novels, The Things That Keep Us Here and now Invisible, will grab you from page one. N ...more
Dale Harcombe
This story quickly drew me into the lives of Dana and her older sister Julie. When Peyton rings Dana saying that her mother Julie is critically ill, Dana who hasn’t been back to her home town of Black Bear Minnesota for many years makes her way home. Dana is unprepared for what she finds there and struggles to uncover the truth of what is causing the kidney disease and taking the lives of people of various ages in the town. But there are people who don’t want to know or would rather not face the ...more
Carla Buckley

My the point...

Two sisters with a 16 year old secret have not seen each other in years. Tragedy brings one sister back home...and opens up a ton of secrets.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Hmmm...this was one of those lovely books...that begins with one old secret and just sort of meanders around to reveal quite a few old secrets. There is dysfunction and anger and sadness and it's always a great story when one of the main characters has been gon
Dana Carlson has been estranged from her sister Julie for almost 17 years, when she gets a call Julie's daughter, Peyton. Julie is in the hospital. Dana rushes back to her hometown, but is too late. Julie has died from kidney failure. Dana discovers that Julie was suspicious that something was making people in the town ill, and Dana starts investigating.

This story is an environmental warning story, as Dana discovers a possible source for the increase in kidney in Black Bear. The potential toxin
For the most part, I read for entertainment. I like to be swept away and into the story. I like tidy endings. I don't mind if there's a cliff hanger, as long as I know the next book is coming out. I was left hanging off several cliffs at the end of this book, which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. There are several story lines going at one time and all of them disturbing. Is there an environmental problem in the town? Will Peyton find out the truth? Will Joe? What happens with Joe an ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Contemporary, Mystery
*Rating* 3-3.5

*First thoughts*

Invisible, by Carla Buckley, is filled with twists and surprises and should hold readers attentions throughout the book. The story is told in the first POV by Dana Carlson and third person from 16 year old Peyton Kelleher’s perspective. Readers may or may not like the alternating POV’s, but, the one positive aspect is that they actually change after each chapter and not in the middle which is often confusing.

Dana Carlson's life takes a d
Diane S.✨
3.5 I think one of the most interesting parts of this book was when Peyton was the narrator. She had a huge interest in fish and aquariums, and each chapter of hers was prefaced by information of various sea life and also her feelings of the fish and their actions. It was a novel way to help the reader understand the character of this young girl, while imparting some very interesting information. This book flowed exceedingly well, Buckley writes as if she was standing right in from of you talkin ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Not bad; to summarize it, it was very much like a combination of A Civil Action, Twin Loyalties: From the Chronicles of Tar Ponds City, My Chemical Mountain and Welcome To Shirley. It's plot is brilliant, a dreary and disturbing environmental mystery combined with family ties and sibling affection.

Unfortunately, while this novel had a great plot, it was lacking in many areas. There's very little, if any, character development. Sure, the main characters are likeable but there's nothing to make t
Good book. Disliked how each chapter seemed to start off in the past then with no warning switch to the present. Most chapters I had to stop and reread then switch gears. For a speed reader, that is just aggravating on an OCD level. And the ending kinda left you like.. What's gunna happen?? No closure on any of the substories. The rest of the book was just plain awesome though.
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
I received an Uncorrected Proof of this book through NetGalley.

(u>The Blurb:

“Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Carla Buckley's Invisible is a stunning novel of redemption, regret, and the complex ties of familial love.

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 Juli
Dana Carlsen has made a series of unfortunate decisions in her life. Most of these weren't very well thought out and have resulted in somewhat dire circumstances. The first bad decision she made was a teenager when she ran away from her sister and niece, her only surviving family members, when she was seventeen. A series of rather dead-end jobs and a lack of training resulted in her accepting a business partnership with a somewhat unscrupulous man. Her business is under investigation and there a ...more
Author: Carla Buckley
Published by: Bantam
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA

Rating: 5


"Invisible" by Carla Buckley was some good mystery read. I feel this read would appeal to the women-chit-lit. This novel will have you still thinking of it long after the read. "Invisible" was all over the place with a real complex family relationship to environmental issues that lead to a deep mystery. There will be many twist and turns...along with some surprises as you re

I jumped at the chance to read Invisible. While it didn't suck me in as quickly as I had expected, I really did enjoy the story. I enjoyed watching Dana get to know Peyton. And you know what - there is a twist there that I haven't even mentioned, the reason why Dana left Black Bear all those years ago and never returned. It adds even more of a dramatic flair to the story. While it hasn't been eighteen years since I was "home", I only get back once or twic
Carla Buckley’s novel “Invisible” is one about family, secrets, and whether or not you can ever go home again.

Filled with twists, turns, and a smart plot, Buckley takes her characters on a journey of personal growth and the limits in which the term ‘family‘ applies.

Release Date: December 2012

Good Read Synopsis: 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
Nancy McFarlane
I enjoyed the book even though it is not the type of book I normally read. I think it has lots and lots of topics that would make great book club read. My only major problem was that the entire premise of the book is based on fact that sisters had absolutely no contact for 16 years and I never really understood why. Especially after first few years. Were they each afraid they wouldn't be able to keep their secret if they saw each other - I would have thought that would have helped make sure they ...more
Judy Churchill
After reading The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley I knew I'd enjoy her other novels. Invisible did not disappoint. The relationship between sisters is a strong and unique one. No one knows you like your sister who grew up with you knows you. So what caused Julie and Dana's estrangement? Peyton, Julie's daughter finds her world rocked by the death of her mother and the appearance of her long lost Aunt Dana. Dana struggles with the curiosity and judgments of her small hometown as she suspects an e ...more
I hesitated on the above rating-- 3 or 4 stars?? I enjoyed the book, loved the sections on marine biology, was terrified by the environmental issues presented and liked the characters of Dana and Peyton. However, there are also some weaknesses. The "big reveal" was never in question for me (sorry if this is vague but am trying not to include a spoiler), and some issues were never really resolved. The end was an abrupt one, leaving me with some unanswered questions. Maybe that was Buckley's inten ...more
Sharon Shatas
Excellent! Felt like I knew the characters. Im definitely going to grab her other book.
Kathleen Smith
I want to read this book now...I can not wait til DECEMBER........HELP
Dakini  K
I'll start by noting this book stayed with me for days after I read it. I genuinely wanted to know what proceeded the conclusion to the story. What happened to these people? Where did they go from there?

As has already been explored by other reviewers, the emotional connection to the material is what drove me as a reader. Without it there would be no inspiration to persevere, because I cannot imagine a more predictable narrative. The only surprise is Dana's confession towards conclusion a tidbit
B Ware
Of the 3 books I've read by this author recently, I liked this one the best. Young woman comes home to small town when her niece she has never known calls her because her mother, the sister is dying. She has not been home for many years and never met the daughter. She is too late, and finds a grieving and resentful niece and bro-in-law. She tries to help out, and is met by many who she knew back when she was young. She begins to try to figure out why her sis and so many others in the town are dy ...more
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Judy Collins
Having read Carla Buckley’s newest 2014 release, “Deepest Secrets” (which I thoroughly enjoyed); hence, wanted to read some of her earlier books.

Skillfully written, “Invisible”, is a compelling novel about going home, redemption, hidden secrets, regret, and the strong and complex relationships and ties of family.

A huge fan of whistleblower movies (The Firm, The Insider, Erin Brockovich, among others; this novel involved similar circumstances involving wrongful deaths) and company misdeeds - ver
Dana has avoided going home to Black Bear, MN for about 16 years. She must return now because her sister, Julie, has lost her battle with kidney disease. Julie has left behind her daughter, Peyton, and her alcoholic father. Dana finds Julie’s diary that shows a connection between the local factory where half the town works and the kidney related illness happening in Black Bear. Dana also runs into her high school sweetheart and her secret is going to be harder and harder to keep if he continues ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Invisible by Carla Buckley is a mystery that features complex family relationships and a mystery. Dana Carlson's sister, Julie, is dying. When Dana is called by Julie's teenage daughter, Peyton, she hurries back to Black Bear, Minnesota. After being estranged from Julie for 16 years, she arrives too late to say good-bye to her sister. Peyton, who is already emotionally distant from her peers, is understandably suffering and Dana stays after the funeral to try and help her and Julie's husband, Fr ...more
Starr Gardinier
It’s unfortunate that to some people, children are invisible and while that statement does echo one of the plots in this book, it is not the ‘invisible’ subject Buckley refers to. The invisibility of other things can be fatal, as Buckley shows us.
A powerful tale of the loss of a sister, a loved one who protagonist Dana Carlson deemed too upsetting to go home to see for many years. Their secret must be kept at all costs. And it is costly. Then Dana gets a call that her sister Julie is sick. She r
While Dana Carlson finished setting up the building for its implosion, her mind was focused totally on the job. She felt that surge of control...something she needs in her life. In the demolition business, one must be in control.

So when the calls start coming from "private caller," she ignores them. Until finally, when the job is done, she picks up. And the voice of her teenage niece Peyton sweeps her back in time, sixteen years before, to a time and place she escaped. Running from her past and
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Carla Buckley is the internationally bestselling author of The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Wharton School of Business, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. She serves on the boa ...more
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