“I move from my hiding place in the shadows. I stride out, towards the man, towards danger, my actions my own but my fate left wide open.”
The 2020 book by Lisa Jewell, Invisible Girl follows a group of people whose lives intersect when a young woman disappears. The Fours, headed by mom Cate, a physiotherapist, dad Roan, a child psychologist, and their two teenage children have recently moved into the area; Owen, who lives across the road, has just been suspended from work after accusations of sexual misconduct; and young Saffyre Maddox who spent three years as a patient of Roan has now disappeared is feeling abandoned now that her therapy has ended. The Fours have a bad feeling about their neighbour, Owen, as he’s a bit creepy and there has been a surge in attacks in the area. Their lives collide when one Valentine’s night, Saffyre disappears. The last person to see her? Owen. But is there more to the story?