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Publisher's Summary

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him. The Jankos have not had an easy past. They are a clan touched by tragedy - either they are cursed, or they are hiding a terrible secret. Could it be that Rose's discovery of that secret led to her disappearance all those years ago? Soon Ray wishes that he'd never asked the question. In a novel that is totally different from Stef's extraordinary debut The Tenderness of Wolves, she shows herself once more to be a matchless storyteller.

©2011 Stef Penney (P)2011 Quercus Editions Ltd

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Excellent !

Another fascinating story and very well written .
Beautifully read and a delight to listen to .

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  • Helen
  • 10-25-12

An excellent story, narrated well

This is a genuine 5-star listen - a gripping plot, complex characters, and a hero you can really root for. I've heard so much about Stef Penney from other people but have avoided her work as I had the impression it was a bit heavyweight and literary. How wrong was I!? This had all the feel of a favourite Raymond Chandler story. A private-eye, a missing girl (or two), a low-key love interest, and an intriguing family set-up. Setting it in the 1980s was an unusual move, and I was intrigued to know why Penney had done this, although I thought it worked well. Great storytelling, and an excellent narrator too.

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  • bookwormbadger
  • 03-17-14

Gripping and fascinating

Where does The Invisible Ones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invisible Ones?

The last part with all its twists and turns - brilliant!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the descriptions of gypsy life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was poignant and beautifully written

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 10-11-11

wonderful story, great characters

This was the best I've heard for a while, not for a moment did I stop believing in the characters, or get tired of the mystery. Great reading too.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • V. Stevens
  • 10-17-16

Loved it but not the ending

Really enjoyed this up to the last few chapters. Ending did not make sense or complete the story

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • 12-10-13

A great listen

Any book that Dan Stevens narrates is a joy to listen to, he is by far my favourite narrator.
An intriguing storyline with a twist and characters that Dan brings to life with his portrayal of each one, with Dan you forget that you are actually listening to one man telling a story.
A good story and a great listen.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Louisa
  • 06-09-12

An excellent listen

Very good listening - a good story - and very well read - more of a beach type listen than a serious "walking listening to the classics" type listen - depending on your taste of course - but I thoroughly recommend this to anybody who enjoys a good detective story. Easy listening. I won't mention the story - but it's most enjoyable and interesting too.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Naomi
  • 11-11-11

A Good Read

I really enjoyed this book. I havent read anything from this author before so I had no expectations. The narrator Dan Stevens was excellent and gave the book an extra depth. The storyline I enjoyed going back and forth between the two characters. And on reflection I can see the clues the author has given us towards the storyline. I enjoyed the book and would reconmend it.

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  • Amelia
  • 07-14-13

Gypsy Rose will have the answer

Tenderness of Wolves this is not and maybe that is good as it would be hard to emulate such a novel.I enjoyed the story and the way in which it was told. I was interested in the characters and the story held my interest. I would not say it was one of the best 'whodunnit' I have read but it was enjoyable.
I thought the narration by Dan Stevens was excellent I have read others with his narration and would comment similarly.
Overall an enjoyable read It will be interesting to see what this author produces next.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-03-11

Of you only download one book, make it this one!

The story is gripping, dealing sensitively and thoughtfully with the Gypsy
Community. It's told in the first person by two different characters. Like them, all the people who inhabit the story are masterfully drawn. The denoument is quite unexpected, though one can spot the clues in hindsight.
The reading by Daniel Stevens enhances the quality of the narrative. His voices are perfectly judged and performed, the pacing and delivery are perfect.
I was sorry when I came to the end.

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  • Sharplady
  • 09-04-17

Brilliantly written, shame about the twists

I loved the writing, it's clear, fast-paced and gripping. But I was not convinced about the 'gypsy' details. And some crucial plot twists were apparently the author thinking 'oh hell how do I explain this?' I can't help thinking a more disciplined editor would have given us a much better book.

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  • Beth
  • 02-10-18

A twist on detective fiction

The narrative is divided between two of the protagonists; one, a detective searching for a missing woman and, the other, a young Romani teenager whose family are involved. I enjoyed this added complexity to the plot. The reader’s ability to conjure the characters through a remarkable use of accents really enhanced my enjoyment of the mystery. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers.