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The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
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Sep 22, 2012

did not like it
Read from March 16 to September 22, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Stopped at Chapter 11.
Opening chapter almost put me off starting the book, ie, the sort of opening that gets unpublished writers' submissions rejected by agents.
Just skip it
It picked up for a few chapters, as the various characters were introduced, but there's nothing moving the plot along. Each time Private Investigator Ray pops up, investigating Rose's disappearance, he hears the same thing: No-one's seen her since her wedding 6yrs ago; she's a mousey, nondescript woman who wouldn't say boo to a goose.
There are no subtle clues woven into the dialogue or description for the reader to grab onto and encourage them read on. Instead, the author has resorted to filling in the gaps with Ray's backstory.
Like Tenderness of Wolves, it's a multi-narrative. But each time the teenager, JJ, pops up there's just the same characterisation and information about the other characters that was covered in the previous chapter.
Rather damningly, the puffs on the back cover are all for Tenderness of Wolves. As though no-one could find anything good to say about this novel.
The book suffers from 'second novel syndrome', where the author has no idea what to write about but is forced to put out something - anything - to cash in on the success of the first novel.

One to miss.

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