Invisible starts off with a really interesting premise. Told in the first person, we first meet Elizabeth Parker and she’s a psychologist whose next patient is a man from her past, Jax McKenna, a detective injured while on duty. He tells her that she reminds him of someone from his past, and that’s because Elizabeth is really Elaine “Lainie” Wilson, and it’s been ten years since they’ve last seen each other when their first date ended in violence at the hands of Lainie’s drug boss stepfather.
One of the things that threw me off with this novel is that while it’s told from Lainie’s and Jax’s perspectives, it does not pick up where the other left off. Instead, we’re forced to see the events all over again from Jax’s point of view and this, to be honest, was really disconcerting because you just want the story to move on. Instead, it’s like someone hit the Rewind button just when you get into the story and want it to move forward.
It also moves back in time between present-day and high school, and again, dual perspectives that rewind the action to where the previous one began. It’s a sweet romantic suspense novel that gets dragged ever more slowly by such storytelling device and there were times that I almost did not finish the novel. Lainie also cried a lot, and what she does before their HEA, left me feeling meh. I honestly have no idea how she managed to get ahead with her life without Jax for the ten years they were apart if she cried so much, but I figured the PTSD from her teen years contributed to it and having to be invisible for the last ten years didn’t help. Jax was dreamy, a knight in shining armor, who does what he can to make her happy. Sometimes it felt like he was doing all the heavy lifting in this whole story but that’s what made him that knight in shining armor.
All in all, I’d give Invisible by L.A. Remenicky a 4/5 stars.