Ed Siegle's moving and dynamic tale of loss and discovery is a meditation on being seen, and being unseen. Full of surprises, crackling with energy, and with characters bristling with life, Invisibles pulled me along from the first page and didn't set me down until the last. --Kathryn Heyman
The most surprising fact about this story of identity is that it is a debut novel. From the first chapter, the richness of Brighton-based author Ed Siegle's plot, as well as his instantly charming characters, pull you in and don't let go. Brimming with lush descriptions of the colour, tastes and sounds of Brazil, this is a satisfying and engaging story about the reality of one man's childhood memories. A fantastic read. --Leicester Mercury
This is an unusual story that focuses on dysfunctional relationships and the way in which unresolved issues from the past can influence the present...A promising début novel which should appeal to fans of Nick Hornby. Ed Siegle has the ability to create a vivid sense of place and Brazil, a country for which he clearly has a deep affection, is beautifully depicted. --NewBooks Magazine
The book is so well plotted and put together that it has almost no signs of this being a first time effort, and looks more like the work of a highly experienced writer. There are hints of Nick Hornby in terms of style, particularly in those books where Hornby is at his least overtly lad-literature end. There's a similar balance of humour and style, and Siegle shares Hornby's passions for music and football. Siegle gives a satisfying arc to almost all of his characters, be that Joel, Jackie, Debbie, Nelson and to a lesser extent, Liam too. Each learns and changes throughout the story and their relationships change as the story unfolds. To achieve this without slowing the development of the central plot line is impressive. He also gives a nice feel of both Brighton and Rio. Rio is one of those cities that whenever it crops up in a novel acts as one of the characters, but it's a balanced view here, neither concentrating on the very rich nor the very poor, but rather more interestingly looking at those on the margins of the two worlds. There are heavy doses of humour as well as touching moments of the quest to find the long-buried truth about Joel's father. The music of Rio also informs a lot of the book - it's one of those books that really ought to come with a soundtrack. For the ultimate reading of this book, turn up the central heating, pour yourself a 'caipirinha' and put on some background samba music. --The Bookbag
Invisibles begins in Brighton, but it already has one eye on events in Rio de Janeiro. These two places, linked by all the distance of the ocean, are inextricably entwined in Ed Siegle's novel of lost people and the gaps they leave in the lives of those who seek them.
It's not simply a merry dash through lovely colourful Rio and does not present the favelas as peopled by cheerful, happy-go-lucky ragamuffins. We see the bloody consequences of corrupt leadership, from the petty gangsters who roam Rio's streets and bars through to loathsome military leaders who think nothing of throwing people into prison without charge and torturing them for their own selfish reasons.
And perhaps more disturbingly, Siegle doesn't shy away from the consequences of mythologizing those who no longer play any part in our lives. He shows that no matter how much you may miss an absent father, no matter how towering a figure he might be in your life, he is only as flawed and as human as the rest of us. Looking for a legend in your own lifetime is bound to end in disappointment.
Perhaps we should adopt the motto of the more sanguine Gilberto and Nelson - ate a morte, pe forte! --Booksquawk