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The Invisible (Harald Fors #1)

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  553 ratings  ·  82 reviews
One ordinary Monday morning in May, Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and discovers that he has become invisible. No one can see him, no one can hear him. In fact, a police detective named Harald Fors arrives at school that very morning to investigate Hilmer's disappearance. The boy has no idea what's going on, but he's frightened, and he's starting to f ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published September 1st 2000)
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Lisa Rathbun
I didn't enjoy this at all. The book began with Hilmer's point of view, which had the potential to be interesting, but then the book switched to primarily the detective's POV. There were a couple chilling parts early on, as Hilmer realizes that he's not just invisible but that something has happened to his face. But there is no suspense or mystery about who did it. Actually, near the end, it becomes more of a statement about the ineffectiveness of the Swedish justice system in dealing with juven ...more
estefania.
"The Invisible" is originally a Swedish novel, but was translated by Katarina Tucker to create a great novel full of suspense, twists, and turns.
Ever feel alone, ever feel left out or forgotten? Ever feel invisible? Well, Hilmer Erickson, the main character, knows more about that feeling than anyone else.
Hilmer walks into his school like it was any other Monday morning. However, this Monday would be a lot more different than he would expect; when his classmates ignored him, when school bullie
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Ashley
Oct 08, 2011 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Also reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

I was not at all impressed with this book. This is one of the few times that I liked the movie better than the book. I saw the movie a few years ago when it came out, and they did change a lot of the story for it. But, what they changed made the story smoother, more interesting and more compelling.

The story itself had a lot of potential. The book starts with Hilmer going to class. It doesn't take him long to realize that no one see
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
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The Invisible is a sweden story translated into english. It is also a major motion picture which I have not seen yet.

The Invisible is about a young boy named Hilmer Eriksson who lives on a small village in Sweden. One Monday morning in May, he walks into his highschool classroom and starts wondering why can nobody see him or hear him. He discovers that he has become invisble. He has no idea what is going on until he finds out t
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Kelsey
This is probably one of those times when I liked the film better than the book. I think it had a lot of do with the repetitive prose you often find when a book is translated from it's original language.
Riah Lee
The Invisible by Mats Wahl is a suspenseful book that is full of mysterious plots. I truly recommend to other readers who enjoy reading mysterious fictions. Hilmer Eriksson, the main character of the book, enters his classroom one day, invisible. No one is able to hear, touch, or see him. As a police detective, Harald Fors, tries to investigate Hilmer Eriksson’s disappearance, he collects some of the major clues around the village and ultimately pieces together the violent event that Hilmer had ...more
Jon Merkley
It's not the same as the movie.






Now that that's out there, I'd like to expand on that a little. :) After a bit of thinking and feeling a little cheated at just how different the two are, I came to the realization that they were both done in a way that is equally as effective for their media format.

I really didn't like the movie when I first (and for the second time) saw it. It made me think a bit, though. After watching the second one and talking about it with someone, I came to accept it as an e
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Rylee
Nov 03, 2014 Rylee is currently reading it
The book I have been reading is called the Invisible By; Mats Whal. published 43 books but also written several plays for the theatre, TV programs, novels and movies. He is a Swedish author.
In the book The Invisible this kid Hilmer Eriksson has gone “missing” when really he hasn’t people just cant see him. He’s at school and thinks people can see him but really everyone thinks he’s disappeared. He trys and show people that he is in school but everyone cant see him and its making him really mad.
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Bryan Carson
I would very very very much recommend this book to anyone. Very gripping story about human nature, and the nature of relationships and shame. I would also very much recommend the movie of the same name, as it is a very well done American take on this Swedish book, that just so happens to have an AMAZING soundtrack.
Mariana Silva
This book is about a teenager named Hilmer Erikson that has suddenly turned invisible on a monday morning. He steps in his class & people are not able to see or hear him. That same morning a police officer called Fors, enters his classroom to announce the students about Hilmer’s disappearance while he is screaming to let them know about his presence. Fors is at the high school to investigate his disappearance and about the suspects involved in it. Throughout the investigation the detective, ...more
Jayanne C
The book "The Invisible" by Mats Walh was a great book. But I didn't like how the point of views changed, it started out as the boys point of view, then switched to the police officer. I recommend this book, if you like mysteries.
David Feela
A superb read, a book of substance and consequence. When detective Fors gets involved to find out what happened to a missing high school student, he uncovers an unusual nest of vipers at the school, one that has been exerting its influence for years. What's impressive here is that the missing boy is still a presence in the book, an invisible force that brings home the author's point about the evil we let have its way in our world. The connection with the Nazi world is more than that, because the ...more
Shannon
WAHL, Mats. The Invisible. tr. from Swedish by Katarina E. Tucker. 186p. CIP. Farrar. 2007. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-374-33609-1. LC 2006037369.

Gr 9 Up--A small town in Sweden becomes embroiled in a mystery when one of its own becomes a missing person. One day Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and finds that he has become invisible. He is a quiet young man who likes chess and has a steady girlfriend. The teen wonders why no one can see him and begins to realize that something terri
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Matti Karjalainen
Mats Wahlin nuorille aikuisille suunnattua romaania "Näkymätön" (Otava, 2005) on kehuttu useammankin tahon toimesta, mutta sain vasta nyt aikaiseksi tarttua siihen. Perusidea on mielenkiintoinen: kuusitoistavuotias Hilmer saapuu luokkaan eräänä toukokuisena päivänä saadakseen huomata, ettei kukaan noteeraa häntä millään tavalla. Luokkaan saapuvan poliisin puheista selviää, että hän on kadonnut ja joutunut todennäköisesti rikoksen uhriksi.

Kiinnostavan ja mukaansatempaavan aloituksen jälkeen kirja
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Kelly
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Hilmer walked into school on Monday morning like normal, but quickly discovers that this isn't going to be a normal day.

No one can see him. No one can hear him. Hilmer is invisible. Being invisible is a big enough problem on its own, but what makes it worse for Hilmer is the fact that he has no idea why he is invisible.

It doesn't take long for Hilmer to find out that everyone thinks he has disappeared and that many people suspect foul play.

Detective
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Isabel Rebollar
This book is about a teenager named Hilmer Erikson that has suddenly turned invisible on a regular monday morning when he steps in his classroom. People are unable to see or hear him. That same morning a police officer called Fors, enters his classroom to announce the students about Hilmer’s disappearance while he is screaming to let them know about his presence. Fors is at the high school to investigate his disappearance and about the suspects involved in it. Throughout the investigation the de ...more
Karin
Jan 06, 2008 Karin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed Lovely Bones or Elsewhere
Shelves: youngadult
Hilmer walked into school on Monday morning like normal, but quickly discovers that this isn't going to be a normal day. No one can see him. No one can hear him. Hilmer is invisible. Being invisible is a big enough problem on its own, but what makes it worse for Hilmer is the fact that he has no idea why he is invisible.

It doesn't take long for Hilmer to find out that everyone thinks he has disappeared and that many people suspect foul play.

Detective For is in charge of Hilmer's disappearance ca
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Soobie's heartbroken
Ho finito questo libro durante una mini vacanza a Genova. Con il cuore spezzato e tanta tristezza.

Chissà se avrebbe meritato le sue belle cinque stelline se l'avessi letto in un altro momento? Però, WOW!

È uno di quei libri che ti capitano in mano per caso. Ho trovato qualcosa di svedese pubblicato dalla casa editrice bolzanina AER e mi sono messa a cercare se avessero pubblicato anche altro. Ed è capitato L'invisibile. Popolarissimo in Svezia, ne hanno fatto un film e un remake americano.

Eppur
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Pamela
I thought this book was okay. I wished that Erik had more parts and involvement in his own murder case. I kind of got lost 3/4 of the way in reading this. I love mysteries as well as murder mysteries but I felt like some things were missing or there should've been more information on certain sections. It was a fairly good read.

**Usually when I read a book I think that the book is way better than the movie but even though the movie is entirely different and leaving MAJOR parts from the book, I t
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Marya
The title refers to a boy who becomes invisible as his body lays dying. While that sounds totally cool, the execution really isn't. For the most part, this is a traditional mystery/what's-wrong-with-kids-these-days story. We follow the detective around as he tries to unravel the gang of skinheads who most likely lead to the boy's disappearance.

And yes, you heard that right. Skinheads. Very much used for shock value.

As for 'the invisible' himself, he only pops up once or twice a chapter in tiny
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Jennifer W
Not really a good crime story. Not really a good young adult story. Not really sure about why the victim is witnessing everything. Not all that well written (or perhaps, translated). Not emotionally invested in any of the characters. So what did I like? The Neo-Nazi storyline was not what I expected and not one I usually encounter in books. Plus, it was short, so not a huge waste of time.
Amy
Mar 17, 2009 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy thrillers
Shelves: mystery_thriller
As Hilmer walks through his school, he realizes that there is something terribly wrong with him; he has become invisible! No one can hear him, no one can see him. What's worse is that Hilmer is starting to forget that night - the one where he was murdered. Desperate to find answers about his own murder, Hilmer follows detective Fors, who is the leading investigator in the crime.
We see most of the story through Fors's point of view as he investigates and uncovers clues about Hilmer's death. Mats
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Anni
Lähtökohta kadonneesta pojasta, joka seuraa näkymättömänä ja tietämättömänä omia etsintöjään on mielenkiintoinen, mutta jotenkin se tuntui tässä vähän hukatulta mahdollisuudelta. Olisin kaivannut vähän vähemmän poliisityön kuvausta ja vähän enemmän pojan näkökulmaa.
Diane
Picked this up at a library sale. It was good, read it straight through. Swedish crime book about a teenage boy who discovers that he is invisible when he goes into school on Monday morning. 3.5 stars
Kiera James
The book is about a high school boy living in Europe, one day he walks into school and realizes no one notices him. He is invisible. Detective Fors is the only one who knows what really happened to the boy, because he cant even remember what happened that night. Not knowing anything his "soul" has to find detective Fors and reveal all of the secrets about his own disaperance.
Sarah
This was a problematic book in several ways, and yet, it was still a worthwhile read.

The style was awkward, which could be blamed on things lost in translation, but the repetitions of comments about the invisible being lost and forgotten began to get on my nerves.

Also, considering that one of the topics that comes up is sexism, Wahl doesn't do a very good job of owning up to his issues. I could spend a long while discussing the treatment of female characters in this book, but I shall merely sum
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Jessica-Robyn
The Invisible is a very unique book in the YA mystery market because for all extensive purposes it doesn't read like it's YA. This book feels a lot more like an adult mystery with only the inclusion of teenage characters to make it fit in the YA section. From the description I figured we would be following the story from the perspective of the murdered boy giving it a more supernatural feel however, instead the majority of the time we follow a detective and the police proceedings surrounding the ...more
Suvi
Tarinan alku oli varsin hyytävä: poika tajuaa olevansa näkymätön, ehkä kuollut. Hilmerin läsnäolo kohtauksissa nosti niiden tunnelatausta huomattavasti. Paikoissa, joissa Hilmerin ääntä ei enää kuulunut, ja kesken oli vain poliisitutkinta, lukijan olo muuttui kaukaisemmaksi. Loppuratkaisua pedattiin huolellisesti koko kirjan ajan, ja se ei yllättänyt loppujen lopuksi juurikaan. Rasismin mukaan nostaminen oli vähän päälleliimattua, samoin yritys ohjata lukijaa harhaan syyllisen suhteen kesämökill ...more
Senka
This is probably one of those times when I liked the film better than the book.
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Mats Wahl has written over forty novels, as well as numerous plays and screenplays. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
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“E accanto a loro, per terra, Hilmer stava piangendo. Avrebbe voluto essere in grado di lasciare quella stanza, ma era impossibile. Non aveva più forze, la sua unica possibilità era di seguire Fors. Perché questo è il destino degli invisibili: si possono muovere solo quando pensiamo a loro.” 0 likes
“Perché invero che cosa c’è da sapere su chi scompare?
Che cosa c’è da sapere su chi è diventato invisibile?
Che cosa c’è da sapere su chi sta sanguinando con la bocca piena di foglie scure?”
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