Nail Bitingly Good
The Invisible by Michelle Dunne is a thrilling contemporary novel that had my heart racing and my pulse rising. It is the second book in the A Lindsey Ryan Thriller series but can be read as a stand-alone. I cannot wait for more.
Lindsey Ryan is a very strong leading lady. She is an army veteran who has seen terrible things and is still suffering from guilt over things she cannot alter. Her heart is huge and she hates injustice. Her tough exterior contrasts with how she feels inside. She will do what she has to in order to see justice and righteousness prevail.
We see the role of a service dog to help lives. “Frank was the force that got her out of bed each day.” PTSD threatens to cripple but the love and bond of a dog brings a character back from the brink. Frank is very much a character in his own right.
The bonds made in the military remain. No matter how much time has passed or how many miles, your military buddies are there for you.
The reader enters the seedy underworld in Ireland as we witness the horrors of trafficking. Evil lurks in the neighbourhood. Many turn a blind eye – but blindness is not in Lindsey Ryan’s nature. What happens next is both thrilling and horrifying. The reader experiences a roller coaster ride as we cling on for dear life.
Our pasts form our characters. We must not live there but we can learn from them. “Scars remind us of what we’ve come through.” Our scars show that we survived.
The Invisible is a read you cannot ignore. It demands a response from the reader. The heroine is admirable with her tenacity and strength. She is both likable and realistic.
The Invisible was a compulsive read. I was totally committed to the action, gasping out loud towards the end. It was marvellously constructed and incredibly well executed. Grab your copy today.
I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
A word of caution: there are scenes, themes, situations and language that some may not like.
A migrant crisis. A corrupt harbour town.
Who will stand for those who have become invisible to the rest of the world?
People have become one of the world’s most valuable commodities. Trafficked on the promise of a new life only to be hidden away as modern day slaves. When Lena, a raped and badly beaten Syrian woman, literally falls into Lindsey Ryan’s life, she’s left with no choice but to find her part in this new war and play it as best she can.
But before she can work out a safe plan to get Lena away from her very own hell at the hands of Patrick Adebayo, Lindsey hears of an unconscious child being smuggled into Patrick’s building just two doors up. Despite having Patrick’s unwanted attention, she has to help the child and get Lena to safety regardless of the cost. In doing so, she finds herself face to face with the worst of humanity.
Added to her own private battle with PTSD, former soldier Lindsey Ryan is in a race against time and must once again fight for her life. But if she fails to protect those around her, what if anything, will that life be worth?
Author Bio –
Born and raised in the harbour town of Cobh, Co Cork, Michelle joined the Irish army at the age of 18, where she went from recruit, to infantry soldier, to Peacekeeper with the UN, to instructor back home in Ireland.
During her time in Lebanon, she got to experience first hand the camaraderie between soldiers and the sense of humour that got them all through some frightening situations. She also got to experience how ordinary families tried to live in conflict zones and these experiences have inspired so much of her work to date.
The Invisible is Michelle’s fourth book, but the second in The Lindsey Ryan series, following on from While Nobody is Watching, which is currently in development for television and inspired by her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within army ranks.
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