The Invisible Ones

Paperback | December 4, 2012

byStef Penney

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Small-time private investor Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he’d been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier.

Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he’s been chosen more for his blood than for his investigative skills. Still, he’s surprised by the intense hostility he encounters from the Jankos, who haven’t had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they’re either cursed or hiding a terrible secret—the discovery of which Ray can’t help suspecting is connected to Rose’s disappearance.

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Small-time private investor Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he’d been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he’s been chosen ...

Stef Penney was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland . Her debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, was an international bestseller and received the prestigious Costa Award. She is also a screenwriter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8.23 × 5.3 × 1.23 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143185934

ISBN - 13:9780143185932

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“Penney’s produced another standout effort … The Invisible Ones exceeds what we expect from a good mystery novel by delivering weighty themes with the light touch of one immersed in creating suspense: the result is a delight, with a kicker that shocks and satisfies, to boot.” - Maclean's“Penney … keeps her mystery on a nice, slow boil while offering fascinating glimpses of Gypsies.” - The New York Times“Penney’s produced another standout effort … The Invisible Ones exceeds what we expect from a good mystery novel by delivering weighty themes with the light touch of one immersed in creating suspense: the result is a delight, with a kicker that shocks and satisfies, to boot.” - Maclean’s“This novel pulses with film-noir-esque suspense … A moving meditation on belonging and acceptance.” - People“Penney is a good storyteller. She unfurls various mysterious plot possibilities and unearths the insecurities that lurk in families and relationships. She imagines the Romany world carefully, avoiding cliché or judgement or anything too negative … there are moments of transcendence here, moments where Penney’s writing really excels.” - Sunday Times (U.K.)“If her debut was a literary Western, then her new tale is something of a bookish version of a Bogart puzzler. As a film graduate, Penney’s approach to prose is cinematic and inclusive.” - Independent on Sunday (U.K.)“The mystery element of the story is adroitly handled, as clues and subtle inconsistencies in the Janko story are dropped in. Yet its destination is a total surprise … The Invisible Ones is a book about love, deception, growing up, belonging, being an outsider and about how all our presents are haunted by our pasts. Its author is a supreme story-teller on top form.” - The Times (U.K.)“Penney … keeps her mystery on a nice, slow boil while offering fascinating glimpses of Gypsies.” - The New York Times“It would take far longer than my allotted space to explain the dense plot of this highly impressive thriller … A terrific novel with much disturbing wisdom amid the thrills.” - Reader’s Digest (U.K.)“[A] haunting tale … This is a beautifully crafted novel with skilful characterisation and a plot which twists and turns … This story of loss, deceit and family tragedy lingers long after you’ve finished the book.” - Daily Express (U.K.)“Penney’s portrayal of the gypsy way of life is sympathetic. Seemingly bizarre customs are given a context; strong love is set against deadening control … A marvellously atmospheric piece of writing.” - Financial Times (U.K.)“This is a murder mystery unpicked at the seams, turned inside out, and stitched together with threads of myth, old griefs, twisted forms of love and complex family ties into something utterly new and utterly enthralling. Warning: you will not get anything else done till you finish the last page of this book.” - Tana French, author of The Likeness and In the Woods“Penney takes her time building suspense and drawing us into the heads of her characters, but never lets up on intriguing and mysterious situations … She knows how to tell a story, how to reach her readers and hold them from start to finish. Indeed, she may be one of the best storytellers we have at the moment.” - The Scotsman“The insular Romany world is a fascinating setting for a novel … [Penney] manages to weave the culture’s rich history throughout the fabric of the book and is adept at contrasting the worlds of tradition with the modern … A compelling mystery and Penney is a talented storyteller” - The Irish Independent“What readers will remember is the way of life that Penney describes so evocatively and the myth-exploding details about travelling families … I still found it hard to put down.” - Literary Review (U.K.)“The story ends with a bone-rattling surprise … Another stunner from Penney; highly recommended.” - Library Journal (starred review)“In her mesmerizing sophomore outing, Penney wraps a riddle in a mystery inside an enigma that intrigues from the very first page … Fast-paced, with characters who will live in full color inside the reader’s head, Penney delivers an impressive follow-up to her debut bestseller.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Penney gives her plot plenty of twists and saves the best for the end, with a truly unforeseen and unpredictable conclusion.” - Kirkus Reviews