Sunday, August 18, 2013


Carla Buckley


Genre: Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Carla Buckley’s Invisible is a stunning novel of redemption, regret, and the complex ties of familial love.

Growing up, Dana Carlson and her older sister, Julie, are inseparable—Dana the impulsive one, Julie calmer and more nurturing. But then a devastating secret compels Dana to flee from home, not to see or speak to her sister for sixteen years.

When she receives the news that Julie is seriously ill, Dana knows that she must return to their hometown of Black Bear, Minnesota, to try and save her sister. Yet she arrives too late, only to discover that Black Bear has changed, and so have the people in it.

Julie has left behind a shattered teenage daughter, Peyton, and a mystery—what killed Julie may be killing others, too. Why is no one talking about it? Dana struggles to uncover the truth, but no one wants to hear it, including Peyton, who can’t forgive her aunt’s years-long absence. Dana had left to protect her own secrets, but Black Bear has a secret of its own—one that could tear apart Dana’s life, her family, and the whole town.

Review: This was an interesting family drama with overtones of Erin Brokovich, but I didn't find either the characters or the story compelling enough to rate it highly.  The biggest problem I had was that all the "surprises" were completely predictable - was the author too good at foreshadowing, or was the story just too trite?  And I couldn't understand how two sisters who had been so close could possibly sever all ties for so long, even given the poor choices that each sister makes.  Finally, the science behind the cause of Julie's illness was a little lacking - too alarmist, not enough facts.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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