Book Review: Invisible Things

Book Review: Invisible ThingsInvisible Things by Jenny Davidson
Published by HarperTeen on November 23rd 2010
Pages: 384

Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents' death. And she's on a mission to find the truth. To aid her in solving the decades-old mystery, Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael, whose friendship has turned into something more. It's soon clear that Sophie's future is very much wrapped up in the details of her family's past, and the key lies with information only one man can provide: her parents' former employer, the elusive billionaire Alfred Nobel.

As the threat of war looms in Europe, dangers to Sophie and her loved ones grow. While her determination to solve the mystery doesn't waver, forces beyond her control conspire to keep her from her purpose. Then, news of her great-aunt Tabitha's death sets off a chain of events that leaves Sophie questioning everything.

The more Sophie learns, the more she realizes that nothing—and no one—in her life is what it seems. And coming to terms with the dark secrets she uncovers means imagining a truth that she never dreamed possible. Full of gorgeous settings, thrilling adventure, and romance, invisible things is a novel that dares to ask, what if?

Invisible Things is one of those novels that you want to love. I mean REALLY love, but somewhere along the way from the beginning to the ending… you find that something is just missing. And this leaves you not too sure exactly what you feel about the novel as a whole.
The plot starts off promising enough. Sophie's parents die when she is quite young. Under circumstances that just do not seem right in her mind. In order to come to terms with her past, Sophie embarks on an adventure that will lead her down a path that is as remarkable as it is, at times, painful.
The mystery aspect of the novel quite compelling. It is a full-bodied mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat trying to stay one step ahead of Sophie and her thinking. Now while I did enjoy this aspect of the novel, I must admit that it took over a vast majority of the focus of the novel. It seemed like every time I thought Davidson was going to focus on some other element, here came the mystery again. It seemed like if Sophie was not thinking about how to solve the mystery then she was collecting evidence… and more evidence.
As a whole, Invisible Things was not exactly what I was expecting. But it had plenty of redeeming qualities. A fascinating lead female who will stop at nothing in her hunt for the truth. A setting that I would love to lose myself in. And a mystery that is too far fetched to be true, but you love it anyways.
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