Thursday, December 13, 2012
Seth's review of Invisible by Carla Buckley
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 Julie is seriously ill, Dana knows that she must return to their hometown of Black Bear, Minnesota, to try and save her sister. Yet she arrives too late, only to discover that Black Bear has changed, and so have the people in it.
Julie has left behind a shattered teenage daughter, Peyton, and a mystery—what killed Julie may be killing others, too. Why is no one talking about it? Dana struggles to uncover the truth, but no one wants to hear it, including Peyton, who can’t forgive her aunt’s years-long absence. Dana had left to protect her own secrets, but Black Bear has a secret of its own—one that could tear apart Dana’s life, her family, and the whole town.
Invisible switches points of view every other chapter or so, from the adult female protagonist to the teenager female protagonist. The teenager has just lost her mother to renal failure (kidney failure) and is in the process of mourning when her aunt arrives on the scene. The mother was determined that there was something wrong in the town due to the high number of people in it that had the same condition she did. She had been doing research up until she died. The aunt discovers the research and doggedly pursues all leads until she eventually solves the case. All in all the story wasn’t something I would call totally compelling to the point of you must read it. But it wouldn’t hurt you to pick it up and read it. You might even learn a few things about demolition and the ocean.
Seth gives Invisible: 3.5/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.