Can You See Her - S.E. Lynes

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

Rachel Ryder doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.
But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.
She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again?
And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.
When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…

My Thoughts:

Even though I read the blurb when I first requested this book from NetGalley, I couldn’t remember what the book was about when I came to read it. I purposely didn’t refresh my memory and decided to go into the book ‘blind’. I think this really helped as I had no clue what was going on and really made the book intriguing from the beginning. Sometimes knowing what the book is about can skew your perspective of how the book will be. This time I just went with the flow, and it really worked. There was the added advantage of knowing that the author writes fantastic books and hasn’t let me down with one yet!
We meet Rachel, who is talking to a psychologist and retelling her story of what has happened over the past couple of months. As the story progresses, her actions get more and more bizarre. What really made the story and had me rushing through the pages were the police incident reports interspersed between her telling of the story. They gave you a whole new perspective on what was happening.
The end of the book was brilliant; you will gasp, cry and be happy all at the same time. I did guess one of the main twists, but there are so many they just keep hitting you over and over. Rachel is such a relatable character, for anyone that is feeling the effects of ageing; this is such a frighteningly close to the bone story. We can all feel invisible at times and can look back on our youth and wonder where it went. However, what lengths will some people go to to make themselves be seen?
This was another great read from S.E. Lynes; she really knows how to draw you in and keep you hooked no matter what genre she is writing. This was brilliantly written, relatable and truly gripping.

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Can You See Her
by S.E. Lynes
Date Started
10th April 2020
Date Finished
11th April 2020
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