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3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  1,461 Ratings  ·  221 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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Jan 16, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-must-reads
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
Need something a little dark, a little unsettling, very tumultuous and yet leaves you feeling a sense of hope rising from the ashes of pain? Carla Buckley’s Invisible is a tale full of secrets, some kept out of a deep love and others kept out of greed and a lack of care for humanity or the world we live in, while others are kept out of shame. The word Truth is a rare commodity in this heart wrenching tale of family, grief, loss and a hidden monster that is killing the people of Black Bear, Minne ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2-stars
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
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
Jan 20, 2013 Christa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane S ☔
Nov 20, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-releases
*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
Jan 21, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2013 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dale Harcombe
Oct 28, 2014 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nancy McFarlane
Aug 23, 2012 Nancy McFarlane rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 06, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Invisible. Carla Buckley is one of those authors that is amazing at using today's "what ifs" and creating an engrossing story that grabs at the reader and holds steadfast. There were a few twists and turns throughout, but overall I had things figured out before they came up in the story. The characters were well portrayed and written and the storyline very intriguing. My only real complaint is that the ending seemed a bit blunt and rather quick. It feels as though there should b ...more
Kathleen Smith
Nov 10, 2012 Kathleen Smith rated it it was amazing
I want to read this book now...I can not wait til DECEMBER........HELP
Sharon Shatas
Nov 17, 2013 Sharon Shatas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Felt like I knew the characters. Im definitely going to grab her other book.
Jan 12, 2017 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter2017
I have devoured all of her books and this one was no different. Loved the plot and characters and makes this story believable. Can't wait till she publishes more books!
Must read!
Nov 12, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a four star book until the end. I actually said "that's it?" out loud because, for me, it did not wrap up the story at all.
Did not care for the ending. Left EVERYTHING hanging and you have no idea what happens with anyone....
Feb 19, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the synopsis of Invisible and wanted to know what secret the sisters were keeping. This novel offered so many different elements; compassion, addiction, mystery, a cluster of unexplained illness, and an emotional journey. I became swept up in the tale, the characters and discovering the truth.

The prologue left me baffled as we jump ahead sixteen years but the author slowly revealed things and the pieces began to click into place.We meet Dana Carlson a demolition expert who is
Judy Collins
May 27, 2014 Judy Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 03, 2013 J.N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Random House for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

The first thing I noticed about Invisible was the writing style. It was beautiful and made it easy to get swept up into the story. At first I wasn't so sure about the plot, but Buckley's writing was too good to put down. After I got past the first few chapters, I became more enthralled with the story.

Carla Buckley did a great job at not only piecing the story together and crea
Nov 03, 2016 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carla Buckley is the internationally bestselling author of The Good Goodbye, 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 currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She serves on the board of the ...more
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