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  • Incredible!!!

    Holy moly!!! What a jaw dropper!!! This book is amazing on so many levels! First off, the story telling is different. When you start reading, you're not quite sure what's going on.Rachel is being interviewed (by the police? a psychologist? We're not entirely sure). There are interludes of snippets of police interviews with her friends and family interspersed between her narrative. This concept had me hook, line, and sinker. While Rachel is giving her narrative, you are feeling all of her pain, .being an aging woman and feeling invisible, feeling like you are a slave to your family that doesn't appreciate you.. All of these emotions are raw and you can feel that throughout the whole story. Oh, and the other thing, she doesn't know if she killed some people or not. I absolutely could not put this book down! I'm moving SE Lynes up the list of my favorite authors and cannot wait to read her other books! A special thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and SE Lynes for providing me with an ARC.

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  • Outstanding!

    😊 S.E. Lynes writes a mind-blowing, incredibly good psychological thriller. In Can You See Her? Rachel Edwards has literally become invisible to all those around her. Married to Mark for twenty-seven years she has two children, Kieron who is studying art at university and Katie, 19 and currently on a gap year. Her teenagers are oblivious to her presence, as is Mark. Rachel remembers a time when she was Rachel Ryder, younger, someone who could turn heads, and a woman whose husband used to tell her she was out of his league. Rachel, feeling like a housekeeper to her unappreciative family, starts to become preoccupied with the spate of knife murders currently occurring near her home, and as time progresses, this preoccupation turns into an obsession. Rachel also starts suffering from bouts of memory loss and time lapses. As Rachel's life unravels around her she no longer knows what is happening or what she is capable of... As a habitual reader of novels by Susie Lynes, I couldn't wait to get started on Can You See Her?. This was equally as good as the others I've read, such as The Women and The Lies We Hide. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres and this one in particular, was a remarkably original, morally ambiguous and captivating read. Can You See Her? is artfully narrated through Rachel, both as events are occurring and as she relates them to Amanda, (a forensic psychiatrist). This narrative is interspersed by police interviews with Katie, Mark, Ingrid (Rachel's new neighbour), and Lisa (Rachel's best friend). The characters were adeptly constructed and believable in their roles, whether intended to be inherently good, bad or some shade of grey. The clarity of Susie Lynes' writing made it an easy story-line to follow, and the fast paced, tense, and twisty plot went down a treat as it snaked along. The author's writing is of a variety that any thriller fan can appreciate -first class - and she was able to create a tone of sinister foreboding that continues until the very last page. Can You See Her? is a mesmerising story incorporating main themes of friendship, loss, grief and guilt. Add into the cooking pot some of the sub ingredients such as revenge, neediness, mental health and varying psychoses, and the reader can appreciate how sophisticated and special this novel actually is. The part of Rachel was ingeniously created by the author, whose personality was complex and intriguing. I loved the way the finer points of the story were drip-fed to the reader as the story built to its satisfying conclusion. The added bonuses of the menacing moments and buckets of tension helped to make Can You See Her? a true masterpiece. I'm desperate to fit into my reading the other books I have on my e-reader by this fabulous author, namely Mother and The Pact. My thanks must go to S.E. Lynes for writing such an awesome book! 😊 I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • You will Laugh, You will Cry ! Outstanding

    4.5 stars for me Can You See Her is a book of many aspects. The story of Rachel who believes she must be invisible as no one sees her, I know we have all felt that way one time or another. It is a story that draws you in slowly. You will laugh with Rachel, you will cry with Rachel and you will sympathize with her. Don't worry you can hiss at Ingrid. Nasty she is. Don't get complacent, there are twists that bring you back to reality. I know this book will stay with me for awhile as I continue to think about it. Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for an amazing read and as always take the time to read the author's notes at the end of the book.

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  • Brilliant

    After reading Susie’s last book The Lies We Hide, I didn’t think another book from her would affect me as much as that story did. I could not have been more wrong! For once I am actually lost for words as to how Can You See Her has actually made me feel. This story just took my breath away and has gotten under my skin in a way that I could not have imagined. I am going to say it now that Can You See Her is one of my best books for 2020 and without the month even over yet with a few more books to still read, will also be my book of the month for April! I can’t even rehash the plot of this story and don’t feel I need to as the blurb is very detailed and gives the reader just what is needed to go in with. To be honest, when I see that Susie has a new book coming out, I don’t even read what it is about anymore. I absolutely love going into her work with the plot surrounded in mystery and taking this approach hasn’t let me down yet. Each story that Susie comes up with is always fresh and she just outdoes her previous book each and every time. I really enjoyed how Susie has structured this book. Told mainly from the perspective of Rachel Ryder, her story is spoken to a forensic psychiatrist “Blue Eyes”. The opening paragraph couldn’t set up the tone of the book more perfectly. “There are things I don’t know. But I know people are dead. I know I killed them and I know it all started the day I realised I was invisible”. Reading this again just gives me goosebumps! The other parts of the story are told through police transcripts which I found to be a clever way of doing this and is a point of difference as opposed to how police investigations normally unfold throughout a story. Each of the characters has been expertly developed and each play a pivotal role, but for this review, I need to just focus on Rachel. Oh my goodness what a character she is! I was just blown away and completely in awe of her. The sadness and fragility that emanates from her, jumped off the pages and just consumed me. There were many times that I was overcome with so much emotion, I had to take a break and get myself back under control to be able to continue. It takes a special author to be able to make a fictional character seem so real and Susie has nailed this! Can You See Her is really a thrilling read that will keep you enthralled right from the get-go. The tension and suspense that is built up throughout are second to none, in the lead up to not one but two things I did not see coming! Also, make sure you have the tissues handy… The last eight chapters I actually read through tears as I was overcome with so much emotion. As I mentioned in my last review, Susie you are a superstar and I absolutely adore your work and I look forward to many more books to come from you. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Can You See Her? which I can not recommend highly enough. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Susie Lynes for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Can You See Her? which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Do you ever feel invisible to people?

    What an exciting, sometimes mysterious, relatable story!! Rachel and Mark have been married for years and have raised a son and a daughter. When the children were growing up, Rachel sometimes felt she was on a hamster's wheel. She dealt with almost every detail of the children's lives, cleaned the house, cooked, did dishes and laundry. The wheel kept on spinning, almost out of control. Mark came home and relaxed, the children were in and out, always too busy to even talk to her, and if they were home, they had friends there and couldn't stop to talk to her. Due to her age, Rachel was heading in to the dreaded menopause era of her life. Suddenly, life has she knew it was different. While Rachel was so busy being a mom, she somehow neglected being a wife. She loved Mark, but quite easily their lives separated and what was once easy banter between them became stilted conversations. Rachel had become invisible. Rachel, who had developed an unusual interest in recent knife related crime and attacks, began to notice her mind wandering and sometimes she lost track of chunks of .time. She noticed as she followed crime reports that some of the knife attacks occurred during the times she had blocks in her memory. The part of the story that follows Rachel as she attempts to regain her identity is relatable, real, compelling, heartbreaking and comforting. It's so easy to lose your sense of self in the busyness of life, but with kindness, gentleness and understanding you can find the peace and comfort in finding and accepting your real self. Unforgettable story with an important message. Thank-you to Netgalley, Bookouture and S.E. Lynes for an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

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