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01 February 2015

NETBA Review: She is Not Invisible

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

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5 Words: Coincidence, blindness, drama, family, searching.

When I first finished this book I though Damn, that was good.

But now I've had a chance to think. And I'm thinking, maybe it's not so good.

So now I'm all confused. Time for a Good vs. Bad review so I can sort my feelings out.

The pace - this book builds and builds to an excellent, exciting ending. It was an interesting idea, for sure, and it even made me think about going off and researching. Also, Laureth was pretty amazing. I'm sure she'd say she's just normal, but managing to do what she did, face what she faced, that'd be exceptional for anyone.

It felt like it was trying too hard. Way too hard. It was like there was this idea and it was played out until it almost hurt to read. And Benjamin's thing was just a little too convenient too.

OK, so maybe I was being a little hard on this. It was pretty good overall and I really enjoyed it while I read it.

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