In Marcus Sedgwick’s “She Is Not Invisible”, sixteen year old Laureth Peak’s father, a famous author, vanishes while on a research trip, leaving behind a cryptic notebook that delves deeply into coincidence and obsession. With the only clue to his disappearance in hand, she and her seven year old brother travel from London to New York to find him. The thing is, Laureth is blind, so she must rely on her sibling as they frantically search for the truth.
At just over two hundred pages, it won’t take long to get through this easy-to-read, fast-paced mystery, and when it’s over, it may have one reconsidering how one views the world, be it the nature of coincidences or the life of the blind in society. Best of all, these ideas don’t feel heavy-handed, making them much more interesting.
On the other hand, there is a touch of sci-fi present that feels out of place, even if it is sort of in line with the author’s ideas. It shakes the suspension of disbelief just enough to be distracting and could have been handled better. The book also lacks a bit in the action department since the story is essentially about two kids in the big city, but their journey is still enjoyable.
Laureth herself is a believable heroine, both strong and scared like any human being, and her interactions with her beloved little brother are amusing and heartfelt. Indeed, they are characters one hopes nothing but the best for.
Overall, “She Is Not Invisible” may not be the most action-packed thriller in existence, but that’s perfectly fine since its ideas are more interesting and will likely stay with the reader for much longer.