by Marcus Sedgwick
Published by Roaring Brook Press Release date : April 22nd, 2014 (First publication October 3rd 2013)
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) • Audible • The Book Depository
Add to: Goodreads
Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
She is Not Invisible is the first book by Marcus that I have read. He has a very different tone to his writing and it’s very engaging. However, this book was just NOT at all what I thought it was. Others will probably love this a lot more than I did.
I found it very coincidental that I had JUST been talking to my husband about coincidence, an hour before starting this. Sort of wigged me out a little bit, but it a good way.
She is Not Invisible is a very slow-paced, educational book. And at times, boring as hell. I cannot even tell you how many times I lost focus and wondered what in the hell the point of this novel was. Was it to educate me? Was it Laureth’s determination to find her Father? I don’t know. Half the time, I felt like I picked up a textbook and was getting my learn on.
I am a huge character driven person. I love my books to be about the CHARACTERS and I just wasn’t feeling it here. I never got a good FEEL for her, which for me, is a huge NO. I didn’t understand her, in the slightest. Sure, her dad may be missing and it’s a mystery she wants to solve, but.. I don’t know. I can’t put my finger on it. Her brother as well, what was with him? It’s mentioned that he “very mature” for his age and everything, but I don’t know. He’s 7 and the things he did and said? I didn’t believe it. And what is with this little power touch? I don’t even KNOW.
Lets talk about the probability here. The likelihood of a 16 year-old blind girl, hopping on a plane to America with her little brother can be categorized as NOT LIKELY. I can overlook that (for the most part) but it still nagged at me a little bit. The other thing? The whole revelation of the mystery. Which is what had me continuing the book in the first place. It was so anticlimactic I literally huffed. I felt like the time I invested reading was a waste. Complete waste.
Now the good parts. Although I did feel overwhelmed by all the philosophical education, and it had some series INFO DUMPING going on, it was pretty interesting. It makes you think and that I appreciate, just not what I wanted to come out of this novel with.
Overall- Meh, It was okay. It’s very interesting at times, sure. And well… again, educational. But not for me. I loved the writing though, so I may check out his other novels.