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Emma Dockery is suspended from her job as an FBI research analyst for refusing the sexual advances of her boss. Her sister, Marta, died alone in a house fire eight months earlier. Emma refuses to believe it was accidental. She becomes obsessed with home fires associated with a single fatality. She establishes and analyses 53 cases. A pattern emerges of a serial killer (unknown subject). The victim is always found at the point of origin of the fire, always a bedroom, where any evidence will be destroyed and deaths appear accidental, hence no autopsy. With the help of her ex-fiancé, Books, himself an ex-FBI agent, they endeavour to provide the FBI with substance to back her theories. Early in the book, 'Graham' begins a series of recordings stating, 'I have killed a lot of people' and announcing his selected victims with prophetic accuracy. A formal investigation begins headed by Books. An ingenious, meticulous, cold-blooded murderer is roaming freely in the states of America. The task is to capture him before the death toll climbs.

The story line is cleverly conceived. Emma's character comes across as tough and determined, rather cold and not particularly likeable, prepared to cross boundaries in her mission, putting others at risk. Books is a thinker, well-organised and tolerant even when pressured by Emma and the frustrations of chasing a killer always one step ahead of his best laid plans. Tension is developed by the killer and the fires with the investigative team gradually gaining more information on patterns of his idiosyncratic behaviour. He has covered all eventualities in the unlikely event the authorities will close on him. He considers himself too clever, invisible, untouchable, a man ahead of the game. His character is well-developed and captivating right to the end as his self-confessed thoughts and personality are revealed in a piece-meal fashion.

The chase is full of suspense and the twists leading up to the ending come with a thump, skilfully executed. The narrative runs fluently with most of the action occurring in the latter stages of the novel. The finale itself comes over as a bit rushed when the excitement and suspense could have been developed given the major surprises it contains. Having said that, it is thrilling with the outcome hanging by a thread.

Patterson and collaborator David Ellis have produced an easy, enjoyable murder thriller. The arguments will no doubt continue as to who wrote what but this stand alone book is, in my opinion, a 'good read'.
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on 12 August 2014
AS A LIFE LONG FAN OF J P I WAS STARTING TO FIND SOME OF THE BOOKS, MEDIOCRE AND PREDICTABLE. A BIT LIKE A CONVEYER BELT OF MASS PRODUCTION. HOWEVER THIS ONE IS RIGHT ON THE MONEY. STRONG,SASSY CHARACTERS AND A VERY UNPREDICTABLE TWIST. VERY ENJOYABLE
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on 15 September 2014
I loved it, thought it was a great stand alone thriller by James Patterson & David Ellis. I enjoyed the twist in the story near the end. Enjoyed the chemistry between the characters Emmy and Books. I actually would love it, if they wrote a sequel to see how their relationship progress.
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on 12 October 2014
This book puts James Patterson back in my good books!! Recently I have found his writing rushed and there has been a lack of strong storylines. This however has installed my belief in him. With twists and turns and a great deal of suspense this is a must read for any die hard JP fan.
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on 15 August 2014
when I started reading invisible I thought oh this is very different to other Patterson books but as you read on wow
is this book good he is the man and he has done it again people Invisible is a great read well recommended
karon
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on 11 August 2014
Maybe I am just getting used to reading lots of thrillers but I got the twist on this one long before the end and assume others more experienced and cleverer than me would do the same. Similarly with the main character's initial predicament and solution.
Still a good page-turner and interesting plot-line but I get the idea that production is exceeding quality for Mr Patterson as his co-writers use him to sell their own Patterson-proofed storylines.
A good read but as a 40p library reserve not an £8 purchase!
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on 21 March 2015
FBI analyst not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation into her sisters death digs around herself and discovers a serial killer who has probably murder scores of people undetected, only nobody believes her. The story reveals a sadistic killer on the prowl who is very good at what they do and stays well ahead of law enforcement, you are lead in one direction only to find red herrings then of you go in another direction.
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on 29 September 2014
James Patterson & David Ellis wrote a good book here, and I enjoyed it enough to give it a 4 star rating. The ending was very predictable and easy to guess though. I really like short chapters though, and this is a trademark of JP
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on 13 September 2015
The first chapter did drag a bit. A lot of time seemed to be spent telling the main character, Emma Dockery, a FBI researcher, that all the unsolved murders were not connected, however, the events surrounding these murders became apparent when she continued to pursue various anomalies. I am delighted to say the story became extremely interesting and very tense, with the final outcome taking me by surprise. It certainly wasn't what I expected. Another great book by James Patterson. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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on 1 August 2015
Yet another James Patterson book, how does he think of all the plots? This book arrived well wrapped, in double quick time, and in great condition. Read the book and when I got to the end I thought 'Wow, I didn't see that coming, as the twist in the plot is not revealed until the last few pages, and is such a twist that I don't think anyone reading the book will come close to working it out. If you like JPs books, you will really love this one.
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