The narrative of The Invisible Ones switches back and forth between Ray, a private detective and JJ, a young boy who lives with his Gypsy family – the Jankos. Ray, being part Romany himself, is hired by the father of Rose, a missing woman who hasn’t been seen since she married into said Gypsy’s family years ago. The Jankos are an eclectic bunch, ones who move from site to site and generally keep to themselves & are distrustful of others. Afflicted with a hereditary disease that affects the males in the family, the Jankos believe that Rose left without a word was because she didn’t want her ill son. Finding himself deeper and deeper into this reluctant family’s lives, Ray must figure out what happened to Rose and what the family is trying to hide.
My initial thought on Penney’s book was that it was just another detective mystery, but almost right off the bat it proves to be so much more. All the characters are so well developed, allowing you to really get a feel for who these people are. The altering viewpoints allow for additional insight, yet maintaining the mystery as both Ray and JJ try to find some answers to their questions. While the “main” character may be Ray, JJ really shines through and shows some growth and depth in his character. While the timing in Part 2 felt a bit confusing, the overall pacing & layout of the story is well done. Just when you think you have the story all figured out, the ending will leave your jaw hanging open.
As one character mentions to “let sleeping dogs lie“, this old adage seems to be a very appropriate theme for the entire novel. Once you start pulling and pulling at that string, digging deeper and deeper, you better be prepared for what you uncover. A fantastic read that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat till the very end!
The Invisible Ones is currently available in stores.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars)
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
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