Berkley Trade, December 4, 2012
Originally Reviewed: The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney (February 29, 2012)
New Cover or Old? I dig the spiffy red cover with the flower.
What I Thought Then: Penney has a lovely and thorough writing style that is delightful to see in a mystery. I think I was overwhelmed by some of the detail and then underwhelmed by the quick wrap-up.
Now, On Further Reflection: I’m struck the amount of loneliness experienced by almost all the characters, from the detective to the victim and perpetrator of the crime. I still think about the young narrator and his attempts to fit in when his family is so different.
Book Club Pick? There are quite a few twists and turns in this one, so it is fun to discuss who figured out what when, and if any of it even makes sense. Themes of loneliness, relationships and fidelity , and the good of the individual versus the group are prominent throughout. The novel heavily features the Romany/Gypsy lifestyle and renders a fascinating portrait of a culture usually shrouded in mystery.