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Invisible PDF, ePub eBook Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her th Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day--and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes? INVISIBLE is James Patterson's scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

30 review for Invisible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    In another stellar Patterson novel (more on his secret ingredient below), readers are treated to some wonderful narrative and a powerful plot to keep the story fast-paced and thrilling to the end. Emmy Dockery is an FBI analyst with a past; one that has her on suspension as she deals with the death of her twin sister in a house fire. She as been anything but idle during that time, concocting a theory that a number of house fires across the US, deemed accidental, are actually elaborate murder sce In another stellar Patterson novel (more on his secret ingredient below), readers are treated to some wonderful narrative and a powerful plot to keep the story fast-paced and thrilling to the end. Emmy Dockery is an FBI analyst with a past; one that has her on suspension as she deals with the death of her twin sister in a house fire. She as been anything but idle during that time, concocting a theory that a number of house fires across the US, deemed accidental, are actually elaborate murder scenes, whose victims are slain in such a way that it appears the killer must be 'invisible'. While she tries to convince Harrison "Books" Bookman of the theory, her past beau, he helps her pitch the idea to the Assistant Director. When it falls flat, Emmy must come to terms that this murderer, as sly as he is cunning, may get away with over fifty murders while the authorities are none the wiser. After Emmy secures one strong clue, the case falls into place and the FBI is finally interested; rushing to keep the body count from getting any higher. Emmy and Books rush across the country to stop the spree, while the murderer remains one step ahead, with an audio diary of his own, hinting at his motive and rationale behind the killings. Patterson's excellent piece of thriller fiction is not to be missed, as it rises above much of the literary attempts labelled with the author's moniker. Patterson has found the secret ingredient to boost his dwindling success at producing worthwhile novels; David Ellis. In both recent novels bearing his name as co-author, the contribution Ellis makes to the stories infuse much into Patterson's work, helping it surpass even the popular Patterson series. The ideas are fresh and the characters have depth, leaving the reader to yearn for more as each short chapter comes to a close. As a team, Patterson and Ellis create an eerie sense of doom and action that cannot be replicated in a simple Alex Cross or Lindsay Boxer novel. If only Patterson would step away from his need to bask in subpar literary glory and focus on collaborating with some superior authors like Ellis, fans and new readers alike would find pleasure rather than a continued sense of despair when opening a Patterson novel. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Ellis for this wonderful tale. I was, truly, captivated from the beginning all the way through to the final pages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This was a great read, one of those books it is impossible to put down until the very last, totally satisfying, page. Admittedly the main character was a total idiot and I honestly could not understand what Bookman saw in her, but it all made for a really good story with a very dramatic finale. I can always rely on Patterson for a good, escapist mystery. This one was co written with David Ellis and it was very well done. Recommended if you enjoy lots of action, many dead bodies and edge of your This was a great read, one of those books it is impossible to put down until the very last, totally satisfying, page. Admittedly the main character was a total idiot and I honestly could not understand what Bookman saw in her, but it all made for a really good story with a very dramatic finale. I can always rely on Patterson for a good, escapist mystery. This one was co written with David Ellis and it was very well done. Recommended if you enjoy lots of action, many dead bodies and edge of your seat thrills!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Elia

    Audiobook Review 3 1/2 Stars Dear James Patterson et al: Let's get this over right away - STOP the stupid music in your audiobooks. You and your production editor may think that this adds 'mystique' or 'character' or a 'third voice' to the production. No. IT DRIVES AUDIO LISTENERS INSANE! Here's the scoop -- in case none of you have ever listened to an audiobook -- the reader is creating their own scenes, character portraits and drama as they listen to the book. They do not need the remedial aid of Audiobook Review 3 1/2 Stars Dear James Patterson et al: Let's get this over right away - STOP the stupid music in your audiobooks. You and your production editor may think that this adds 'mystique' or 'character' or a 'third voice' to the production. No. IT DRIVES AUDIO LISTENERS INSANE! Here's the scoop -- in case none of you have ever listened to an audiobook -- the reader is creating their own scenes, character portraits and drama as they listen to the book. They do not need the remedial aid of music. If we wanted to hear music, we'd go to our music list and play that. The music is distracting and unfortunately quite loud so that it opacifies the voice of the narrator. Do you want the words to your story told, or do you want to do a theatrical production? You choose. Then we'll choose whether we ever want to read another one of your books. Until then, you'll get poor ratings from this reader and others. Thanks for your consideration. By the way, this was one of the better Patterson co-written books I've read in a while. It was worthy of at least a 4 Star rating, but any book that induces a migraine from the sound gets dinged.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Emmy Dockery had lost her sister Marta to a house fire eight months previously, a fire the authorities had called accidental. But Emmy was convinced Marta’s death wasn’t an accident; she was an FBI analyst and because she was consumed by grief had been put on indefinite leave. Emmy in the meantime had been researching house fires right across the US, doing the leg work on her own as no-one within the FBI would believe her claims. As more and more deaths continued to occur, always a house fire, a Emmy Dockery had lost her sister Marta to a house fire eight months previously, a fire the authorities had called accidental. But Emmy was convinced Marta’s death wasn’t an accident; she was an FBI analyst and because she was consumed by grief had been put on indefinite leave. Emmy in the meantime had been researching house fires right across the US, doing the leg work on her own as no-one within the FBI would believe her claims. As more and more deaths continued to occur, always a house fire, always declared accidental, Emmy became desperate – she was convinced there was an ingenious and deadly serial killer at work. Frustrated and angry she wondered why no-one would take notice of her. So she decided to call on Harrison Bookman, ex FBI agent and ex-fiancé as a last resort, convinced he would help her. Books had one of the best brains in the business; rarely had he missed getting his man when he was an agent – she also knew he was the one the FBI director would listen to… With a very small team of four – the director’s concession – they had limited time to find evidence. But they were frustrated at every turn. Emmy knew she was right – but how to find that small shred of evidence she needed to convince her bosses….what would it take? It seemed that Emmy was the only one who was convinced there was a sadistic madman out there – the dangers were multiplying, the clock was ticking… This thriller was absolutely brilliant! I felt like I was holding my breath for the last 100 pages! Totally gripping, the pace was fast, the plot intense. For me things started a little slowly, but I wasn’t far in when things began to ramp up, and it didn’t stop until the very last page. I have no hesitation in recommending this latest stand-alone thriller by Patterson and Ellis highly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lilli

    It's hard to love a book when you hate the protagonist.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ItsAboutTheBook

    Review can be read at It's About The Book I am going to just jump right in and say that this book scared the hell out of me! Patterson and Ellis have written the most terrifying villain since Hannibal Lector first gave me nightmares years ago. It was chilling! It. Was. Delicious! This book made me remember late nights with the covers pulled up to my chin, knowing the next scene on the screen was going to make me scream! Lovely, scary story. Emmy is going right to the top of my favorite heroines Review can be read at It's About The Book I am going to just jump right in and say that this book scared the hell out of me! Patterson and Ellis have written the most terrifying villain since Hannibal Lector first gave me nightmares years ago. It was chilling! It. Was. Delicious! This book made me remember late nights with the covers pulled up to my chin, knowing the next scene on the screen was going to make me scream! Lovely, scary story. Emmy is going right to the top of my favorite heroines list. She is strong, she is determined and she is grieving. One of those deaths she is investigating is the death of her sister, her twin sister, Marta, a death that has been labeled an accident by the local authorities. Death by fire. Emmy is convinced that Marta’s death was no accident. In trying to find evidence to prove her theory, she begins to uncover more and more accidental deaths by fire that seem similar to the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. But no one believes her, and her credibility with her FBI supervisor is already in jeopardy over an unrelated issue. This book is not a romance, but there is a love interest. With no help from her own supervisor, Emmy appeals to her former fiancé, Books Bookman, a retired FBI special agent, to use his influence to have the FBI take a more serious look at the evidence she has found. With his help they begin to make a case that the FBI can no longer ignore. In the meantime, throughout the story, the villain taunts us with his manifesto. Taunt after taunt. I wanted to help hunt him down. Pure evil. The ending of this story, this hunt for a demented killer, will make me lose sleep. Just when I was convinced that I had it all figured out, I was wrong. The ending is stunning. I know that this book is labeled as a stand alone, but I would love to see more of Emmy and Books. What a team. What a story. What a rush!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I loved this book. It kept me guessing the whole time. As I said once before though about James Patterson's co-authored books I definitely give all the credit to David Ellis. I'm getting ready to buy Mr. Ellis's first book he published on his own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sanda

    I remember reading Patterson in the early days of Alex Cross novels. I loved the pacing and twists and turns the stories would take. Though maybe not literary masterpieces they were the kind of books I had a hard time putting down. Over the years something has changed - part of me feels that it is Patterson's writing in combination with the fact that there are so many excellent suspense/thriller books out there. In any case I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I needed something fairly I remember reading Patterson in the early days of Alex Cross novels. I loved the pacing and twists and turns the stories would take. Though maybe not literary masterpieces they were the kind of books I had a hard time putting down. Over the years something has changed - part of me feels that it is Patterson's writing in combination with the fact that there are so many excellent suspense/thriller books out there. In any case I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I needed something fairly "mindless" to fill the reading gap between the "heavier" books I've been picking up lately. Invisible is a stand alone novel and that was a part of its appeal. Emmy Dockery is an FBI research analyst obsessed with a series of fires that have been declared accidental. Emmy is convinced that they are a work of an extremely meticulous arsonist who is so good that he managed to make himself invisible to the police. She is also emotionally damaged (in more ways than one) and not the easiest person to like. In her quest to convince her agency that she is not delusional and that these murders are actually happening she enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend and a former FBI agent, Harrison Bookman. Despite their complicated personal relationship they join forces in an attempt to uncover enough evidence in order to prove that there actually is a killer before they can even begin hunting him. Though it was not mind-blowing and though I kind of figured out what the plot twist is half way through the book (I think most readers who "consume" a lot of this genre have this issue), the story served its purpose. It was entertaining enough and I read it pretty fast. Just a fair warning, parts of it were pretty gruesome, so it might not be the kind of story for everybody's stomach. I am sure I will return to Patterson's work at some point again but I am pretty sure it will always be for the same reason - to kind of mentally cool off between two books that require greater mental engagement on my part.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am amazed at how high a rank this got. I hate to say this but I thought it was absolute crap. I really feel like James Patterson is so much better than this. I listened to the unabridged audio book and couldn't wait for it to finish. The music was overpowering, the actor who played Marty/ Mary /Graham was so over dramatic I was embarrassed for him. I knew exactly what was going to happen 2/3 into the book thanks to not so subtle foreshadowing.( she must really work out a lot as her arms were r I am amazed at how high a rank this got. I hate to say this but I thought it was absolute crap. I really feel like James Patterson is so much better than this. I listened to the unabridged audio book and couldn't wait for it to finish. The music was overpowering, the actor who played Marty/ Mary /Graham was so over dramatic I was embarrassed for him. I knew exactly what was going to happen 2/3 into the book thanks to not so subtle foreshadowing.( she must really work out a lot as her arms were really ripped) or some such nonsense.. duh! The oh so trite lines that were delivered.. "probably the most evil person to roam the earth" What the hell?? Really? Even Emmy's character, oh please. Stereotype much? Commitment shy, tough but sweet female cop who's an absolute genius, running into the house to save the day in spite of all the risks , misdirected heroism in hopes of avenging her sister's death? Ugh. I'm so disappointed and even a little angry. It felt sloppy and damn lazy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Will

    I loved this one. It was nice to read another stand alone Patterson novel and know that there won't be a sequel so anything, literally anything, can happen. And it did. I thought the character of Emmy was awesome, however I wasn't entirely a fan of Books the whole time. At one point, well, let's just say I had my doubts. The twist at the end really got me! I loved it and I hope he returns to write more stand alone novels like this instead of rewriting the same basic story over and over again in his I loved this one. It was nice to read another stand alone Patterson novel and know that there won't be a sequel so anything, literally anything, can happen. And it did. I thought the character of Emmy was awesome, however I wasn't entirely a fan of Books the whole time. At one point, well, let's just say I had my doubts. The twist at the end really got me! I loved it and I hope he returns to write more stand alone novels like this instead of rewriting the same basic story over and over again in his newer Cross novels, sadly. All in all: 4/5 stars...Definitely worth the read: quick, exciting, and will give you one hell of a thrill

  11. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    I did not plan to read this book in a day, it just happened that way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    The ending almost saved this story and does to some extent. There is too much cutesy play in character relationships that undermine this novel. I would not have rated it this high except for the ending. 5 of 10 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    I absolutely hated Emmy. Her interactions with everyone in this book made me dislike her more and more until the last quarter of the book when I contemplated casting it aside. The way Emmy and the other investigators came to their conclusions was not convincing. I will not read another book that features her. This is my first James Patterson novel. I have heard such good things about him that I was excited to start this book. I am so disappointed. I listened to the audible. Maybe the reader is t I absolutely hated Emmy. Her interactions with everyone in this book made me dislike her more and more until the last quarter of the book when I contemplated casting it aside. The way Emmy and the other investigators came to their conclusions was not convincing. I will not read another book that features her. This is my first James Patterson novel. I have heard such good things about him that I was excited to start this book. I am so disappointed. I listened to the audible. Maybe the reader is the reason I hated this so much.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Calsy

    Finally James Patterson is back! This was written just like his books that he wrote in the beginning of his career. I loved it, it was deep and dark and had such a twisting storyline. It shocked me in every way and I had to physically make myself put the book down so i didn't finish it in a day. I am going to consider looking into David Ellis and his books because this also could be a good book based on his contribution as well. Wished they elaborated a little bit more in the ending..but overall Finally James Patterson is back! This was written just like his books that he wrote in the beginning of his career. I loved it, it was deep and dark and had such a twisting storyline. It shocked me in every way and I had to physically make myself put the book down so i didn't finish it in a day. I am going to consider looking into David Ellis and his books because this also could be a good book based on his contribution as well. Wished they elaborated a little bit more in the ending..but overall great book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I thought this book was fantastic. It had all the ingredients of a first class mystery and was quick to read. Or at least I couldn't put it down! I will be looking for the Co author's books from now on. Patterson did good by putting his name on this one. Usually you don't know what you are getting with one of his 'shared' books. They can be anywhere from bad to great and I do think this was one of the best.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I wanted to give this 4 stars, due to the action and suspense, but I have to deduct a star for the annoying main character. At first, Emmy is a dedicated FBI analyst with dreadful people skills. She's rude, selfish, unappreciative, jealous, and naive. Okay, I can deal with some of that, as she is the relative of a crime victim. But when she *twice* runs into a crime scene against orders (remember, she's a civilian, not an agent!) and risked the lives of others, I really wanted her to suffer the c I wanted to give this 4 stars, due to the action and suspense, but I have to deduct a star for the annoying main character. At first, Emmy is a dedicated FBI analyst with dreadful people skills. She's rude, selfish, unappreciative, jealous, and naive. Okay, I can deal with some of that, as she is the relative of a crime victim. But when she *twice* runs into a crime scene against orders (remember, she's a civilian, not an agent!) and risked the lives of others, I really wanted her to suffer the consequences. I wanted her to get fired and have to teach preschool with a whole classroom of children with the same lack of obedience and respect for others that she showed. Does Emmy learn from her mistakes? I don't want to give anything away, but parents of preschoolers can feel safe that she won't be influencing their children any time soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    What a refreshing change from some of the very disappointing reads that have been released recently under the James Patterson brand. I was getting very close to stopping reading his novels completely due to the poor books he has released lately under different guises. This book is like going back to the early books which were a big success with their short punchy chapters and plenty of action. Again this book is co-written so it is difficult to tell what input Patterson had exactly but neverthel What a refreshing change from some of the very disappointing reads that have been released recently under the James Patterson brand. I was getting very close to stopping reading his novels completely due to the poor books he has released lately under different guises. This book is like going back to the early books which were a big success with their short punchy chapters and plenty of action. Again this book is co-written so it is difficult to tell what input Patterson had exactly but nevertheless it ticks all the boxes. A very entertaining read that I completed in less than 24 hours due to the tension it produced.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    It has been forever since I read a really good thriller and even longer since I have picked up a Patterson book. When you combine the two however, you know you are in for a treat. What can I say about this that won't give anything away? How about that there were so many tense moments, so many twists and turns and so much of the unexpected that I couldn't help but be drawn to it. I couldn't help but want to read every single page of it. This is one of the few Patterson mysteries that I have read i It has been forever since I read a really good thriller and even longer since I have picked up a Patterson book. When you combine the two however, you know you are in for a treat. What can I say about this that won't give anything away? How about that there were so many tense moments, so many twists and turns and so much of the unexpected that I couldn't help but be drawn to it. I couldn't help but want to read every single page of it. This is one of the few Patterson mysteries that I have read in awhile that I truly liked with it's dark twisted ways. Like most of his work, the heroine isn't perfect and is in fact, is quite screwed up and damaged but that is okay because it makes her all the more real and believable. The romance is subtle and takes a back seat to the real heart of the story, catching a serial killer that no one else believe exists. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this and it was nice to get back into this genre and it reminded me all over again why I love a good thriller every now and then.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Wow! This is the best Patterson book I have read in years! The last few years I haven't been reading his books because they lacked something but this was a real thriller I found hard to put down. Emmy is a FBI research analyst who recently lost her sister to a house fire. She begins to suspect that the fire wasn't random and that it was really planned by a serial killer. The fire investigators and medical examiners can't find anything to indicate murder but Emmy is like a dog with a bone who won' Wow! This is the best Patterson book I have read in years! The last few years I haven't been reading his books because they lacked something but this was a real thriller I found hard to put down. Emmy is a FBI research analyst who recently lost her sister to a house fire. She begins to suspect that the fire wasn't random and that it was really planned by a serial killer. The fire investigators and medical examiners can't find anything to indicate murder but Emmy is like a dog with a bone who won't let go. I used audio for immersion reading and it was especially good when the killer recorded his musings. The sound effects added to it. The ending was not as I expected which added to my enjoyment of the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    This felt more like a bad episode of Criminal Minds than a great read. I expected more smart writing, more excitement, more gravitas, and I was sorely disappointed. There wasn't much content to this so-called thriller/detective story, except the many pages that were narrated by the serial killer, which added little or no quality to it. Personally, I'm sick and tired of this format where half of a book is from the bad guy's perspective. There's no plus side. It borders the unhealthy, IMO. As for t This felt more like a bad episode of Criminal Minds than a great read. I expected more smart writing, more excitement, more gravitas, and I was sorely disappointed. There wasn't much content to this so-called thriller/detective story, except the many pages that were narrated by the serial killer, which added little or no quality to it. Personally, I'm sick and tired of this format where half of a book is from the bad guy's perspective. There's no plus side. It borders the unhealthy, IMO. As for the final pages, I already knew who Mary was and that it was going to end badly. No, for me this book was not worth the purchase, or the time spent reading it. And yes, I feel let down because these co-authors are capable of so much more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book was terrible! I generally enjoy Patterson, but this book was not at all enjoyable. Despite an exceptionally interesting premiss, the story was flat and the characters unappealing. I flipped through to the end to find out whodunnit and never looked back. Another author asked, "is James Patterson an author or a brand?" and this question is worth asking after such a disappointing read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence

    This was another thrill-riding book by James Patterson. I highly recommend it to all JP fans. All I can say is..."Enjoy the ride".

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I am a pretty avid reader of James Patterson. However, for the purposes of honesty, I get his books from the library because I don’t find him good enough to buy and keep in my library. He’s mind candy – simple, fast-paced, detective and mystery oriented adventures that can be read in about two to three days and easily left behind. Nice escapism, but nothing super memorable. I noticed his new book coming out is called UNSOLVED and is listed as the second book in the “Emmy Dockery” series. I couldn I am a pretty avid reader of James Patterson. However, for the purposes of honesty, I get his books from the library because I don’t find him good enough to buy and keep in my library. He’s mind candy – simple, fast-paced, detective and mystery oriented adventures that can be read in about two to three days and easily left behind. Nice escapism, but nothing super memorable. I noticed his new book coming out is called UNSOLVED and is listed as the second book in the “Emmy Dockery” series. I couldn’t remember the first book so looked it up on Amazon and found “INVISIBLE” (also co-written with David Ellis), published back in June, 2014. My memory betrayed me and I couldn’t remember if I read it or not. So, in preparation of reading the new book, I have checked out the first one. And what a nice surprise this turned out to be. INVISIBLE is a story focused on failing FBI research analyst, Emmy Dockery, and her hunt for a serial killer that may or may not exist. She is beyond obsessed with finding out who she thinks killed her beloved sister, Marta, even though the authorities felt an accidental fire in her home caused her death. Emmy has done her investigatory research and believes there is a link between hundreds of accidental fires over the last 18 months, including her sister’s, that will lead to a monster who has been quietly getting away with murder. Emmy has taken a leave of absence from the FBI and put together her own research and analysis to build her case. However, no one believes her because of her erratic behavior and inability to conform to social behaviors. She is not a team player and no one wants to work with her. Not even her ex-fiancée and former FBI field investigator, “Books” Bookman wants to hear about the case from her. She broke his heart and now wants him to believe that her circumstantial evidence is real. And then, Emmy pushes hard enough and scientific evidence is discovered, revealing that extreme torture may be part of the murderer’s horrific process. Now Books and Emmy’s FBI team must try and find one of the most prolific killers ever as he continues his pattern of two victims each week across the country. Without any suspects, motives, weapons, or profiles to help them, the challenge seems almost impossible as the killer continues to outwit them at every step along the way. After reading INVISIBLE, there is good news and bad news. The bad news first. I did not care for the lead character, Emmy. She was extremely selfish, uncaring and downright narcistic. She treated her former fiancée and investigation lead, with complete and utter disrespect. She had no social grace or understanding of emotional intelligence. Several times I found myself wanting to yell at her as if she were real to grow up, which is something I cannot ever doing before when reading a Patterson book. She was not a nice person in any way, shape, or form. However, the good news outweighs the bad. The book was really good. Even with having to deal with Emmy’s incessant and degrading personality, the book delivered for the most part. There were several good things about it. The story was well layered, displaying a strongly conceived plot that unfolded in a well-developed tension-filled manner. It was complex, reflecting creatively researched ideas that made the story stronger. The pacing moved along at a steady staccato pace, with several twists and turns along the way. And the characters (which are not always Patterson’s strong suit, were better than normal, pulling you with empathetic interest. And, more importantly, the story had a certain fresh feeling to it, including a few good surprises, and a strong ending. Truth be told, it has been a long time since I completely devoured a Patterson book in one day with such escapist enthusiasm. This was one of those times and it brought a pleasing smile to my face. Even Emmy couldn’t ruin that. Overall, it was one of my favorite Patterson books and I am looking forward to the second book – INVISIBLE – when my turn comes at the library. Although, Truth be told again, I’m more interested in finding out what’s next for field agent Books than I am for Emmy. I can only hope she’s had a change in perspective and behavior. I am hopeful, but we’ll see…

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I have always liked and read James Patterson, but his new pattern of co-authoring with other writers seems to have me a bit lost. I am not always sure what to think, and I am not sure why he is doing it. I decided to give Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis a chance to see what the writing was like. I enjoyed it! Can't say that I am a literary critic to really tell the difference between James Patterson and this collaboration, especially since this is a new series... (Book #2 out later i I have always liked and read James Patterson, but his new pattern of co-authoring with other writers seems to have me a bit lost. I am not always sure what to think, and I am not sure why he is doing it. I decided to give Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis a chance to see what the writing was like. I enjoyed it! Can't say that I am a literary critic to really tell the difference between James Patterson and this collaboration, especially since this is a new series... (Book #2 out later in 2019). What I did enjoy was the flow, the characters...and the SUSPENSE... all along the reader is wondering if Emma is just too obsessed and how many times will she step over the line? The FBI seems hard core, so it is hard to convince her bosses to give her a chance to explain why she thinks there is a serial killer on the loose. Then the reader finds out that she is also on suspension for sexually harassing the Director of the FBI. Yikes! Major obstacles to overcome! The characters are realistic and believable... only maybe Emma got away with too many stunts. I already have placed a hold on Book #2 for when it comes out!!! Can't wait!!! :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Bashing prolific author James Patterson has become almost an art form over the past couple of years, and I freely admit to being among those who haven't had good things to say about most of what I've read of late. It has reached a point, in fact, when I pick "his" books by co-author because experience has taught me that some of those folks are better than others. That said, I don't recall reading any co-written with David Ellis - somehow I skipped the fairly recent Mistress and Guilty Wives. But Bashing prolific author James Patterson has become almost an art form over the past couple of years, and I freely admit to being among those who haven't had good things to say about most of what I've read of late. It has reached a point, in fact, when I pick "his" books by co-author because experience has taught me that some of those folks are better than others. That said, I don't recall reading any co-written with David Ellis - somehow I skipped the fairly recent Mistress and Guilty Wives. But in fact, Ellis is a fairly prolific author on his own; while his books don't have tons of reviews at Amazon, those that are there are quite positive. Still, I didn't open this one with high expectations; but I figured it wouldn't take long to read (it's 399 pages, but if tradition holds, quite a few of those would be a several-chapter preview of a yet-to-be-published book). I was right on both counts, but here's the surprise: I liked it! That's not to say it's anywhere near perfect; the plot - an on-leave FBI researcher insists there's a serial killer out there who's racked up dozens of victims all over the country including her twin sister, but nobody believes her including her FBI field agent and ex-fiance - isn't exactly unique. Of course, she persists, collecting data on supposedly accidental deaths by fire until finally she turns up some evidence that suggests she may be right - sparking a full-out investigation. Interspersed throughout the book are "recordings" made by the killer, who clearly is deranged; the victims are tortured almost beyond imagination, after which all-consuming fires destroy nearly all of the evidence but are made to appear accidental. That, too, is hardly unique, but it's a technique that kept me reading and trying to guess who the killer might be. And guess correctly I did - several chapters before the end - but I had no idea what the killer's motivation could be. As it turned out, I could have guessed till the cows come home and never got it right (and I admit it was more than a little on the weird side and tests the limits of believability). But all in all, it was a book I enjoyed - so much so that I'm off to check out some of Ellis's works and maybe - just maybe - pick up copies of those previous Patterson-Ellis books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    ”Our subject has committed unspeakable acts of torture and managed to remain completely invisible”. I have to start out by saying this thriller has raised the bar of all thrillers I have read. Finding the invisible is what makes this such a page turner. Former FBI Analyst Agent Emmy Dockery is consumed by the death of her sister. A death that appeared accidental by fire in her bed. Being the Analyst that Emmy is, it does not add up and she is determined to find the truth of her sister’s death. She ”Our subject has committed unspeakable acts of torture and managed to remain completely invisible”. I have to start out by saying this thriller has raised the bar of all thrillers I have read. Finding the invisible is what makes this such a page turner. Former FBI Analyst Agent Emmy Dockery is consumed by the death of her sister. A death that appeared accidental by fire in her bed. Being the Analyst that Emmy is, it does not add up and she is determined to find the truth of her sister’s death. She begins to look at other accidental death fires and sees a pattern that she cannot ignore. The commonality is all the victims is that it appears accidental, there is always one death, the victim is found at the point of origin of fire, and the origin of fire is always the bedroom. She calls on the help of her former fiancé and fellow Agent Bookman to help her spiel her findings to her former employer the FBI to get a massive hunt underway for to capture the invisible killer. As they learn more, they realize they are dealing with brilliance but also the depth of this killer’s depravity. Agent Bookman is the rational to Dockery’s emotional. There is real chemistry between the two agents with their history and their baggage. That is what makes it such a great connection to readers, we can relate to the baggage we carry into our relationships. I really like the protagonist-Emmy she is black and white and she is determined while Agent Bookman cares deeply for Emmy and has her back. The narration is done by 2 –part Emmy with her wit, determination, and never giving up attitude. The other part told by the antagonist; the pyscho killer. The narcissism as he brags on how careful he is and his justification for what he is doing makes him the easy to hate character. With a surprising ending that left me undone and totally gotcha just made it more sweeter. I liked that this was not gory glorification but a fast paced get her done thriller. I loved reading this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Invisible is a stand-alone novel by prolific American author, James Patterson. It is (co-) written by David Ellis. When Emily Dockery’s twin sister Marta died in a fire, she refused to believe it was an accident. As an FBI research analyst, she began to research similar fires and became convinced that there was a serial killer on the loose. Unfortunately, no one else agreed: not her boss with his wandering hands; not her ex-fiancé, Harrison (Books) Bookman; not the local police; and not her grie Invisible is a stand-alone novel by prolific American author, James Patterson. It is (co-) written by David Ellis. When Emily Dockery’s twin sister Marta died in a fire, she refused to believe it was an accident. As an FBI research analyst, she began to research similar fires and became convinced that there was a serial killer on the loose. Unfortunately, no one else agreed: not her boss with his wandering hands; not her ex-fiancé, Harrison (Books) Bookman; not the local police; and not her grieving mother. Despite being suspended from her job, Emmy continues to gather possible cases. Her last hope is that showing him the files on fifty-three such events over the last twelve months will persuade ex-FBI agent Books to come out of retirement and investigate. She’s pleased when this last-ditch attempt gets an investigation started, even is the task force consists of a team of just four. The narrative is carried mostly by Emmy, with occasional interspersed chapters which are transcripts of dialogue dictated by the murderer: these come across as rather gimmicky. There is some clever investigative work and an exciting climax with a huge twist, but Emmy, despite her brilliance, indulges in a sort of spoiled brat behaviour that is not endearing. Just an OK read that might appeal to fans of serial killer mysteries.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meg Harrison

    Crushed this book in 2 mornings of coffee and sun lounging. Really good, an extremely thrilling read and then a delicate twist at the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is one majorly creepy crawlers book. WOW. Lots going on. I really like this Emmy character. She is so smart and driven in good ways. Emmy Dockery had lost her sister Marta to a house fire eight months previously, a fire the authorities had called accidental. But Emmy was convinced Marta’s death wasn’t an accident; she was an FBI analyst and because she was consumed by grief had been put on indefinite leave. Emmy in the meantime had been researching house fires right across the US, doing the This is one majorly creepy crawlers book. WOW. Lots going on. I really like this Emmy character. She is so smart and driven in good ways. Emmy Dockery had lost her sister Marta to a house fire eight months previously, a fire the authorities had called accidental. But Emmy was convinced Marta’s death wasn’t an accident; she was an FBI analyst and because she was consumed by grief had been put on indefinite leave. Emmy in the meantime had been researching house fires right across the US, doing the leg work on her own as no-one within the FBI would believe her claims. As more and more deaths continued to occur, always a house fire, always declared accidental, Emmy became desperate – she was convinced there was an ingenious and deadly serial killer at work. Frustrated and angry she wondered why no-one would take notice of her. So she decided to call on Harrison Bookman, ex FBI agent and ex-fiancé as a last resort, convinced he would help her. Books had one of the best brains in the business; rarely had he missed getting his man when he was an agent – she also knew he was the one the FBI director would listen to… With a very small team of four – the director’s concession – they had limited time to find evidence. But they were frustrated at every turn. Emmy knew she was right – but how to find that small shred of evidence she needed to convince her bosses….what would it take? It seemed that Emmy was the only one who was convinced there was a sadistic madman out there – the dangers were multiplying, the clock was ticking… This thriller was absolutely brilliant! I felt like I was holding my breath for the last 100 pages! Totally gripping, the pace was fast, the plot intense. For me things started a little slowly, but I wasn’t far in when things began to ramp up, and it didn’t stop until the very last page. I have no hesitation in recommending this latest stand-alone thriller by Patterson and Ellis highly. Recommend, but it is a tough read, but oh so good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    Not a lot to say about this one except it was exciting and entertaining. The ending wasn't obvious to me, and I went through it pretty fast without getting bored. It was pretty easy to follow because the chapters kept alternating between the killer's monologue and the FBI agent, so we always heard both sides of the story. Unfortunately, the killer wasn't particularly reliable, as we fine out later, but still, at least we have the illusion of knowing what's going on.

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