Top critical review
A good thriller, but definitely could be better!
on 24 August 2014
My daughters review:
I picked this book up on a whim, it was one of the suggestions on a precious purchase from Amazon. However, I feel like the description of the book was more enticing for me then the actual story, itself.
'She Is Not Invisible' follows the story of a girl called Laureth who has been unable to see since birth and lives with her mum, her author father and her little brother Benjamin. Whilst her dad is so busy writing new stories and attending meetings, Laureth has the on going job of answering his emails and replying to die hard fans and companies. However, whilst her dad is away on business, Laureth gets an email read out to her by the computer, that she never thought she would read. Her dad's notebook is with a stranger, in New York City, meaning her dad is in New York and not Switzerland. This makes Laureth incredibly worried and she finds herself taking her brother, her mums money and a fake note to New York City in hope to find her dad. Since he fails to return any of her calls, she makes it her personal mission to follow her dad's obsession and find him healthy and safe. However, once they're in New York, Laureth finds herself battling with more issues other then not being able to see. She begins to think she'll never see her dad again and after a few scary pages in his notebook she finds herself questioning if her dad really did do something stupid.
I think the book had a good initial plot idea. I liked the coincidences that her dad was so obsessed with and how it made his notebook interesting. However, sometimes it found that the notebook parts of the book were kinda confusing and really threw the plot off. I understand that this may have been intended, but at the same time, I feel like it made me loose sense of the book. Admittedly, I thought the idea of having the main portolan is blind was a great technique because it meant that you were reading the story through other senses other then being able to see it. The technique also meant that the scarier scenes of the book were more thrilling because you feared for Laureth and her brother.
Overall, the book was okay...but it wasn't great. There were a lot of things that could've been different and more exciting. The ending kind of lacked originality or any kind of thickness to round off a reasonable plot, but I guess if you're a sucker for happy endings then you will like the ending. I just think the whole coincidence of the ending was ironic and could've been better.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it...or read anything. I think if you've read more heavy things with harsher plots then you won't enjoy it as much because you'll be expecting so much more.