Can You See Her? No, really! Rachel thinks she has become invisible. At the beginning of the book we meet Rachel as she undergoes a psychiatric assessment after confessing to committing a number of murders.
This is a really fascinating book to read. Rachel’s character is very realistic and the tone of voice she uses in the first person narrative is really natural. The tangents her thoughts go on, and the descriptions of her thought processes are humorous and engaging.
We also see police interview transcripts which give us another view of events and insights into the other characters. This raises questions about Rachel’s guilt and shows us that actions can be misconstrued.
I felt a close connection with Rachel as a mother and wife who sometimes feels undervalued. I wanted to scream and shout on her behalf at the selfishness of her family and the lack of appreciation they have for all she does for them. The ending of the book is so emotional as secrets are revealed which change our perceptions completely.
Author S.E. Lynes has written a masterpiece of a book, thought-provoking with a surprisingly wise and emotional depth. The warmth of the style of Rachel’s narrative is just beautiful whilst contrasting with the mystery of the murders.
Can You See Her is such an unusual book in terms of tone and style but also an incredible study of a middle aged woman, coping with life and her grief at lost opportunities.
I have previously reviewed The Women and The Lies We Hide by the same author.
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