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The Invisible Ones Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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'A marvellously atmospheric piece of writing' Financial Times. (Financial Times)
'A beautifully crafted novel with skilful characterisation and a plot which twists and turns ... this story of loss, deceit and family tragedy lingers long after you've finished the book' Daily Express. (Daily Express)
'Chilling' Daily Express. (Daily Express)
'Penney has a real gift for storytelling and this tale [...] is pretty compelling from the beginning' Glasgow Sunday Herald. (Glasgow Sunday Herald)
'a story teller on top of her game' Independent. (Independent)
'Highly impressive thriller ... a terrific novel with much disturbing wisdom amid the thrills' A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest. (Reader's Digest)
'A supreme story-teller on top form' The Times. (The Times)
About the Author
Stef Penney grew up in Edinburgh. She has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and Film and TV, and was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. She is the author of The Tenderness of Wolves and The Invisible Ones.
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Set in southern England, the story is told by two characters;
Ray is a soon-to-be divorced PI, whose father was once a gypsy. This link to a minority culture leads to him being asked to investigate the disappearance of a gypsy girl, Rose, who hasn't been heard from for over six years, since her marriage to Ivo Janko, a gypsy man.
JJ is a 14 year old gypsy boy, and nephew to Ivo, Rose's former husband. He is beginning to mistrust his small, isolated family, and finds himself suspecting that all is not as it seems.
Throw in the possible attempted murder of Ray, a mysterious genetic illness afflicting only the men of the Janko family, the discovery of skeletal remains on a former Janko site, and the difficult coming-of-age journey that JJ is experiencing, and you have the ingredients for a really enjoyable read.
The mystery may not be too difficult for the reader to solve, however the unravelling of family secrets and how those concerned will live with the truth keeps you interested to the end.
Thoroughly enjoyable, would definitely recommend.
The first one 'The Tenderness of Wolves' was an absolutely brilliant read and if you haven't bought it yet, then go and do so immediately!
'The Invisible Ones' is also a brilliant read. The story line has many twists and turns throughout and although you can guess the ending before it is coming, this is exactly what the authors style of writing in this book allows you to do.
Without giving too much away the book is written from the perspective of one insider and one outsider. It is the combination of their two narratives together that allows the reader to piece together the clues. Each narrative on its own doesn't have enough information to give the answers immediately. It is the combination of the two together that allows the reader to guess the ending before even the characters know. In this way, you find yourself in suspense, egging on the characters to find the next piece of the puzzle and discover the truth.
A truly awesome book and i thoroughly recommend it to anyone!
I would not have picked this book if I had not read and loved The Tenderness Of Wolves, which, in turn, I would never have read if it hadn't been reduced and so heavily recommended. What I'm trying to say is that the plot synopsis does no justice to the brilliance of Ms Penney's writing.
I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it.