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Invisible by Lorena McCourtney
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Feb 22, 12

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Read on February 18, 2012

Ivy Malone's husband and son are dead, and she herself is in her twilight years, but she's got irrepresible spunk. She spends her days chatting with friends and going to church. It's a low-key, quiet life. But when her mysterious neighbor disappears, Ivy investigates, and turns up murders, conspiracy, and a lot more excitement than she'd planned for.

It's not bad. The mystery itself is pretty obvious: no red herrings or kindly faced villains here. The style is similar to Charlaine Harris's, where every day's events and chores are detailed (which can be either excrutiatingly boring or a good way to get a feel for the character) and all the side characters are one-dimensional. It didn't hook me, though.

Plus, there's an unexpected subplot that kept throwing me out of the story. Every.single.time Ivy meets someone, she asks them if they go to church (doesn't even ask if they're Christian or not--just assumes) and then badgers them to go every time she sees them from then on. It's weird, because there really isn't much discussion of faith or actual biblical passages--just a lot of talk about the importance of going to church. And the dialog is so ham-handed and clunky when the characters are talking about religion that it really feels out of place and artificial, like a poorly done PSA.
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